From Sanssouci to Paris
My name is Claudia Eggerth and I work as an independent relocation consultant in Paris.
I have lived in this wonderful city on the Seine since 2014, and since 2019 I have been helping people who also want to move to Paris settle in more easily.
This includes, for example, finding a flat, which can be an incredibly stressful process, as well as helping with bureaucratic procedures and contract formalities.
How did all this come about?
I was born in Potsdam - this honorable Prussian city near Berlin - so I am no stranger to sights galore such as Sanssouci Park, Cecilienhof Palace, or the Belvedere on the Pfingstberg. And yet it was the first, distant view on the Eiffel Tower near Trocadero during my first visit in 2006 which triggered a spark and lured me to Paris.
In the beginning, barely able to articulate more than “Bonjour“, I had a lot of doubts and felt insecure. So, I decided to learn French. My time studying this wonderful language in Paris in 2012 is one of the most beautiful memories in my life.
In the years that followed, I moved from one furnished apartment to another and finally decided on something for my own. Several months of flat hunting passed until a small flat in the 17th arrondissement became my home. Enriched by many experiences, I gradually began to help friends find apartments, and from this the idea developed to also support other people in Paris.
With my relocation service "Gate to Paris", I offer help to reduce the stress of moving.
My goal is to save you valuable time and your nerves by making your transition easier for you. It makes me happy to give you the opportunity with my work to solve problems and to perceive the beautiful sides of Paris.
Maybe your life looks like this right now:
Scenario #1: New job!
A new job in Paris is calling and anticipation is high. So is the restlessness, because no one knows better than you what still needs to be done and time flies. You would also like to start looking for a flat in Paris, but you don't have much time to take care of it and you are not yet on site for viewings. So, it would be a good idea to rent an Airbnb flat for the first few weeks, from where you can start your search after your working day.
An obvious thought. But searching in the evening hours is much more tedious, because offers are often already outdated. A job also severely restricts viewings, which can then usually only be done at the weekend, so the competition may have already struck before you.
So, I ask you, why spend money on an expensive temporary flat and put yourself through the hassle of house-hunting? Invest your money more pleasantly and move straight into your own Paris flat!
Or do you find yourself here?
Scenario #2: Life dream!
You have wanted to go to Paris for a long time. You are well prepared and know what still needs to be done. The only thing is that you have been terribly busy so far, so that a language course has not yet been possible - and so nervousness suppresses your anticipation of your new life. Is now actually the right time? How should you communicate? And anyway, how would you understand contracts or flat advertisements?
Don't wait any longer and look forward to your D-day! Enjoy this unique moment and let us sort out the initial worries together!
I promise you that you will feel in good hands with me as your contact person. I will be at your side with help and advice to achieve your personal goal and to make your life in Paris stress-free and pleasant from the very beginning.
I am especially happy about the positive feedback from my clients:
- "Thanks to Gate To Paris, my relocation to Paris turned out to be a breeze. Claudia was helpful from beginning to end, provided very personal service and was always available to answer any questions."
- "Claudia was there when I needed someone to talk to the authorities to finally get health insurance in France."
- "Thanks to Claudia, my weak application folder with foreign documents was nevertheless convincingly "sold" to find a flat."
- "It was easier for me to get a French bank account, which immediately paid off when I was looking for a flat."
- "My heart's desire was to find a flat near my workplace with a proper kitchen instead of a kitchenette - and that could be fulfilled! I would have had a lot of trouble finding it myself as I don't speak French, but Claudia helped me a lot in every situation!"
I would be extremely glad to accompany you on your personal journey too!
I am here for you
Although the Eiffel Tower was an eye-opener, it's not my favorite Parisian landmark. The Arc de Triomphe, built between 1806-1836, captivates with its clear form and imposing sculptures. He also put me on the pun “Gate to Paris“, this adornment of the dreaded roundabout in the northwest of the city. Forget everything you know about traffic rules ...
Even if it is often jam-packed: I like taking the Metro. The agility with which one comes forward, the fluctuation, the co-flow in the “belly of Paris“, best with a great song on the headphones ... Especially on the bridges over the Seine and the elevated railway sections with their great view!
Paris macht immer mehr für Fußgänger und Fahrradfahrer, doch eine Fahrradstadt wie beispielsweise Münster oder Berlin ist noch fern. Als “cycliste“ hat man es nicht leicht, denn gerne laufen einem Fußgänger vor die Speichen, die bei Rot eine Avenue überqueren wollen, oder Autofahrer erkennen erst im letzten Augenblick, dass beim Rechtsabbiegen fast ein Mensch überfahren worden wäre. Die Selbstsüchtigkeit mancher Radfahrer tut ihr Übriges und so ist viel Wachsamkeit und etwas Wagemut nötig, wenn man sich in Paris per Vélib‘ oder auf einem praktischen Klapprad durchschlängeln will.
The 14th of July is special. On the one hand an archaic demonstration of power, on the other hand an impressive spectacle which one can hardly escape. For many years I have enjoyed seeing the military parade on the French national holiday with soldiers, tanks and the “défilé aérien“, the famous squadron of jet fighters - not to forget the gigantic fireworks near the Eiffel Tower which can be watched live or on TV.