Is the National Service for Singapore really necessary

Welcome to the website of the Federal Foreign Office

The employees of the German Embassy warmly welcome you to Singapore. With this small online brochure we would like to make it easier for you to get started in the country. It contains a lot of tips and information about living in Singapore.

In order to be able to help you in any emergencies, the embassy keeps an address list of Germans living in Singapore. German law does not recognize any registration requirements for Germans abroad, but it is advisable to register with the competent diplomatic mission abroad and notify a change of address if you move abroad. To change the place of residence in the passport, a de-registration certificate from Germany must be presented. The registration also simplifies various processes such as issuing a passport or certificate of removal.

A brief overview

history: The history of modern Singapore begins in 1819 with the establishment of a trading post by Sir Stamford Raffles under an agreement between the British East India Company and the Sultan of Johor. When Singapore left the Malaya Federation on August 9, 1965, the country finally achieved full independence.

Country name: Republic of Singapore / Republic of Singapore

Climate: Hot and humid climate with low seasonal fluctuations and an average humidity of around 84%. There are two monsoons with heavy rains: the south-west monsoons from June to September and the north-east monsoons from December to February. The daytime temperatures are 31-33 ° C and at night 23-25 ​​° C.

Geography: 1'17'N, 103'51'O. Singapore consists of over 50 islands off the peninsula of Malaysia to the south. The main island extends from east to west over 42 km and from north to south over 22 km and is connected to the Malay mainland by a bridge - the Tuas Second Way - and a dam - the so-called Causeway.

Size of the country: Land reclamation measures since the 1960s have increased the area from 581 km² at the time to 719 km² (= 23.7%).

Population: 5.4 million inhabitants, including 3.38 million Singaporean citizens; indigenous ethnic groups: Chinese 74.2%, Malay 13.3%, Indian 9.1% and other groups 3.3% (as of 2015)

Resident Germans: approx. 8,000 - mainly as representatives and employees of German companies based here

Official and national languages: English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil

Religions: Buddhism 33.9%, Christianity 18%, Islam 14.3%, Taoism 11.3%, Hinduism 5.2%, other 0.7%, without religion 16.4% (as of 2010)

Economy: Highly industrialized market economy; cosmopolitan and largely free of corruption; stable prices; most important sectors: electronics, oil processing, machinery, ship repair, increasingly also biotechnology

Unions: Trade unions are partly politically and personally intertwined with the government. The Secretary General of the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), Boon Heng Lim, was also a minister in the Prime Minister's Office and chairman of the executive committee of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP).

Form of government: Parliamentary republic. The parliament is elected for five years and consists of one chamber - so-called unicameral system. Since the last election in autumn 2015, the parliament has 92 members, of which 89 are elected and three are not elected as so-called non-constituency members.

Head of State: Halimah binti Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore (since September 14, 2017)

Head of Government: Hsien Loong LEE, Prime Minister (since August 12, 2004). Mr. Lee is the son of state founder Lee Kuan Yew, who died in 2015.

Political parties: The ruling People's Action Party (PAP) as well as a number of small, moderately left-wing parties, in particular the Workers' Party (WP), Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), National Solidarity Party (NSP), Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA), Singapore People's Party ( SPP) and Reform Party (RP). In the last election in autumn 2015, the PAP gained 83 seats and the WP six seats in parliament.

Memberships in international organizations: United Nations with its sub-organizations, WTO, ASEAN, APEC, The Commonwealth, Group 77, Non-Aligned Movement, Colombo Plan, G 20, FEALAC

Main media: The media are predominantly loyal to the government. The media market is dominated by MediaCorp Pte Ltd. with a focus on radio and TV, as well as by and Singapore Press Holdings, which focuses on daily newspapers and more. The most important daily newspapers are The Straits Times, Today, The Business Times - all in English - and the Chinese-speaking Lianhe Zaobao.

Currency and money: The local currency is the Singapore dollar (S $ or SGD). 1 SGD has 100 cents. Current exchange rates can be found on the following website, among others:
www.xe.com/ucc

Currency exchange is possible at banks and hotels as well as the numerous "licensed money changers", i.e. money changers.

Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are generally accepted.

Many ATMs offer the option of withdrawing cash with the German Girocard. Usually the banks in Asia are grouped together in the CIRRUS banking association. The MAESTRO card is accepted at some ATMs. The fees for a foreign withdrawal vary. In the CIRRUS network, there is a lower foreign fee. Anyone who has an account with the CITI-Bank in Germany can withdraw money free of charge from one of the more than 100 cash machines (ATM).

Entry and residence regulations

When entering Singapore, your passport must be valid for at least six months! German citizens receive a residence permit for 90 days upon entry for tourist stays. For an extension of the stay and for special residence permits such as the Professional Visit Pass for short business stays, the Long Term Social Visit for family visits or the Student’s Pass or Visit Pass for Training, please contact

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
ICA Building (near the MRT station "Lavender")
10 Kallang Road,
Singapore 208718
Tel .: +65 6391 6100
Email: [email protected]
www.ica.gov.sg

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is responsible for issuing a work permit - the so-called Employment Pass - and for the Dependent Pass for accompanying partners:

Ministry of Manpower (HQ)
18 Havelock Road
Singapore 059764
Tel .: +65 6438 5122
www.mom.gov.sg

Please note that when applying for a residence and work permit, extensive documents translated into English (birth certificates, certificates, etc.) must be submitted and that longer processing times are to be expected.

Customs regulations

We ask for your understanding that the German Embassy cannot provide any binding information on the Singaporean customs regulations.

Apartment Search

Many newcomers are helped by their own company. Otherwise, it is advisable to consult a broker. The Singaporean "Yellow Pages" will help you here. You can also get a first glimpse of the housing offer on the Internet at
www.singaporeexpats.comwww.orangetee.comwww.chesney.com.sgwww.moveandstay.com

It is also worth taking a look at the “Classified Section” of the daily newspaper “The Straits Times”.

Cost of living

The standard of living in Singapore is among the highest in the world. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (as of 2015), Singapore ranks first among the most expensive cities, followed by Paris, Oslo, Zurich and Sydney.

Below are some guidelines about the cost of living.

Catering: There is a wide range of restaurants in all price ranges in Singapore. The prices in an open hawker center or acclimatized food court are between SGD 4.00 and SGD 8.00 per meal. In an upscale restaurant, especially on and around public holidays, a menu can cost SGD 300.00.

Food: The purchase prices of food depend on the choice of products. While vegetables, fruit and local products are cheap to buy compared to Germany, international - and above all European - products are often offered at comparatively high prices. Alcohol is also sometimes very expensive. A bottle of wine is available in the supermarket from around SGD 20.00.

Clothing: Clothing boutiques can be found on every corner of Singapore in one of the numerous shopping centers. Here, too, the prices vary considerably in some cases. Basically, however, it should be noted that high-quality clothing can be purchased more cheaply in direct comparison with Germany.

Education: Singapore has excellent educational opportunities. Many of the children of German citizens living in Singapore attend a private school, but this can be associated with considerable costs.

Leisure: There is a lively nightlife in Singapore. The prices for a beer (0.5 liter) vary between approx. 8.00 SGD and 18.00 SGD depending on the location. A visit to the cinema costs between 8.50 and 20.00 SGD. Entrance fees for museums are at least 8.00 SGD. Some museums offer free entry one day a week, such as the Singapore Art Museum on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Transport costs: Singapore has a modern and well-developed public transport network. However, the usage tariffs are very cheap compared to the costs incurred for maintaining a private car.

accommodation: Depending on the residential area, there are large deviations in the rental price. You can find an overview of the current price range on the Urban Redevelopment Authority's website

Domestic help

Many Singaporeans, but also expats, employ domestic help, officially known as Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW). In addition to the full-time employees who live with their employers, there are also domestic helpers who only work by the hour, e.g. for cleaning or ironing. In both cases, an appropriate agency, which you can find in almost all major shopping centers, can help.

Full-time workers mostly come from the Philippines, but also from Indonesia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, while part-time household workers are mostly Singaporean nationals.

Since full-time FDWs have repeatedly been mistreated by their employers in the past, they now have to complete an orientation course before hiring domestic help - the so-called "FDW Employers’ Orientation Program "(EOP).

The employment of FDW is connected with various costs: The government charges a monthly fee ("foreign domestic levy") of 265.00 SGD. In addition, a one-time promise of debt ("security bond") conditional on the condition precedent must be given, provided the FDW does not come from Malaysia. This "security bond" can amount to up to 5,000.00 SGD and is due if the employer violates the relevant immigration and residence regulations. Furthermore, accident and health insurance must be taken out for the employee.

For more information, see the Ministry of Manpower website: www.mom.gov.sg

Post - telephone - internet

Swiss Post works quickly and reliably. Airmail usually reaches the Federal Republic of Germany after five to seven days, sea mail after five to eight weeks.

To Germany, an air postcard costs SGD 0.60 and an airmail letter SGD 1.30 (up to 20 g). The prices for small parcels and parcels vary greatly - depending on the weight, the type of shipment (e.g. as "SpeedPost") and the route (air or sea). In any case, it is worth going to the nearest post office.

Central post office:

1 Killiney Road
Singapore 239518
Tel .: +65 6734 7899

Opening hours:

Mondays to Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays and public holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, including a list of all post offices, visit www.singpost.com

Public telephones are usually only found near a few small shops on the outskirts of the city-state.

Fixed line calls within Singapore cost 0.86 cents per minute on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. with SingTel for a 30-second unit, at other times 0.86 cents per minute.

Telephone calls to Germany can be dialed directly. The area code is 001-49. In addition, there are also discounted rates that are offered by SingTel, for example, without further registration: area code 019-49 or area code 013-49. There are also various other providers with very cheap rates - e.g. Sunpage with the area code 1521-49 and Phoenix with the area code 1516-49. Prior registration is required.

It is also cheaper to use phone cards, e.g. from SingTel, Sunpage or Phoenix. These are available at kiosks, general stores, supermarkets and money changers.

If you want to operate a mobile phone, you can contact one of the following providers:
SingTel

StarHub

M1
The providers sell different service plans with a monthly fee starting at around 10.00 SGD - a comparison is worthwhile! It is cheaper to use phone cards ("prepaid mobile card") such as SingTel's hi! Card.

When making phone calls to Germany, please note that Singapore is seven hours ahead of German time during winter time and six hours during summer time.

Telephone numbers of theinformation desk: + 65 100 (national) and +65 104 (international)

Broadband and Internet connections via cable or DSL are widespread, so that the German media represented on the Internet can be followed. The fees are significantly higher than the prices for a comparable connection in Germany. In many places there are WLAN networks in public spaces.

Transportation and traffic options

Singapore has an excellent public transport system and infrastructure.

Bus and Mass Rapid Transport(MRI):

With the ultra-modern MRT and the extensive bus connections, almost any place in Singapore can be reached comfortably and, above all, inexpensively. Bus rides can be paid for in cash; However, if you use it frequently, it is advisable to purchase an ez-link card from which the fare is debited electronically when you get off. MRT journeys can only be made with this card.

The prices for single trips by bus are between 0.78 and 3.00 SGD - depending on the distance and whether you pay in cash or by card.

A ride on the MRT costs between 0.79 and 2.07 SGD - depending on the distance.

taxi:

Taxis are plentiful and also relatively cheap. For the 1st km between 3.60 and 5.00 SGD are to be paid - depending on the type of car, then an additional at least 0.22 SGD for every 400 m, plus additional fees for waiting times and at certain times of the day and locations of the taxi .

Taxis such as private vehicles incur a road toll when entering the Central Business District (CBD). The amount is set again and again and is between SGD 0.50 and SGD 6.00 depending on the time. The fees are automatically recorded by a cash card reader installed in the car, the so-called Electronic Road Pricing (ERP). Driving on the city highways is also partly chargeable and can increase the fare.

A ride to or from the airport costs about 35.00 SGD. A surcharge must be paid, among other things, when booking in advance, during rush hour, on weekends and public holidays, and when traveling between midnight and 6 a.m.

Please note that the taxi service may only be used at the designated and designated locations, e.g. in front of shopping centers or at MRT stations, and if booked in advance. Unlike in Germany, a passing taxi must not be stopped by waving at it!

For more information you can contact:

LTA Vehicle & Transit Licensing Group
10 Sin Ming Drive (off Upper Thomson Road),
Singapore 575701
Fax: +65 6553 5329
www.lta.gov.sg

Opening times: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Below are some taxi companies:

Comfort / Yellow-Top Cab: +65 6363 6888
City Cab: +65 6552 1111
SMRT Taxis: +65 6555 8888
Trans-Cab: +65 6555 3333
Premier Taxis: Tel: +65 6363 6888
Prime Taxi: +65 6778 0808
Yellow-Top Taxi: +65 6293 5545

Trishaws:

Cycle rickshaws (trishaws) also operate in the parts of the city that are interesting for tourists. Trishaws are more expensive than taxis and the fare should be negotiated beforehand.

Car:

The "Automobile Association" You can reach us on Tel .: +65 6333 8811https: //www.minimalism.sg/program/music-focus-minimalism-in-german-electronic-music-1990s-present/, as well as on the 24h hotline for “road assistance ": +65 6748 9911.

The prices for new cars are significantly higher in Singapore than in Germany.For current prices, please contact a dealer directly.

The following costs are added to the purchase price:

  • Certificate of Entitlement (COE): This is a license to drive a car in Singapore. It must be auctioned in a bidding process, whereby a differentiation is made according to engine size. The COE is initially valid for 10 years. When buying a used car, it is therefore important to find out how long its COE is still valid. Current COE prices and further information about driving can be found on the following website: www.onemotoring.com.sg
  • Registration Fee (RF): The basic fee for registering the vehicle for the first time is 140.00 SGD-
  • There is also an Additional Registration Fee (ARF) based on the "open market value" (OMV), i.e. the market value of the car. See also: www.lta.gov.sg
  • Road Tax: The road tax is based on the engine size and engine type of the vehicle. Tax rates and calculation parameters can be found here

Please note that the road tolls mentioned above also apply for private vehicles.

The import of vehicles from Germany to Singapore is subject to strict requirements and is also cost-intensive. The following applies accordingly:

  • Cars must not be more than three years old, calculated from the day the vehicle is first registered or from the day of manufacture
  • only vehicles that use unleaded petrol
  • New emission standards have been in effect since January 2018 (EURO VI for gasoline and diesel vehicles; EURO IV for motorcycles)
  • successful inspection
  • "Left-hand drive" is generally not allowed
  • the "used car surcharge" is SGD 10,000.00

Please note that your German Driving license is not recognized by itself in Singapore. Whether you need to apply for a Singaporean driver's license depends on the status and length of your stay in Singapore:

  1. If you stay longer than twelve months as a German citizen or as a permanent resident, you have to apply for a Singaporean driving license within three months. This requires passing a theoretical test, the “basic theory test” (BTT).
  2. If you are staying in Singapore for less than twelve months and you do not have a permanent residence permit, i.e. if you are not a "permanent resident", the following provisions apply:

    a) In addition to your valid (!) German driver's license, you need an international driver's license to drive a vehicle in Singapore. You can apply for this in Germany at the local road traffic office. The international driving license costs around € 15.00 and is only valid in conjunction with your German driving license.

    b) Or you can have your valid (!) German driver's license translated into English and then certified by the German Embassy in Singapore. You can find a list of the translators recognized by the embassy here. Alternatively, you can apply for a consular certificate from the German embassy in Singapore that confirms the content of your driver's license. The processing time is about a week.

Further information and useful tips can be found on this website

If you have further questions, you can also contact the responsible police office directly:

Traffic Police Headquarters
10 Ubi Avenue 3, Singapore 408865
Tel .: +65 1800 547 1818 (hotline)
www.spf.gov.sg

Alcohol in traffic:

According to the Road Traffic Act, the permitted alcohol limit for participating in road traffic is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath or 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.

Road maps:

The following street directories are recommended for orientation within Singapore:

- Singapore Street Directory: very detailed, available in bookstores and online: www.streetdirectory.com


- Mighty Minds Street Directory: Overview Maps, ed. from NTUC Fairprice, available from newsagents

media

There are English-language daily newspapers such as "The Straits Times" and "The Business Times" as well as various daily newspapers in Chinese, Malay and Tamil. You will also receive essentially all international daily newspapers. In some shops you can also get German newspapers and magazines - for example in various shops of the supermarket chain "Cold Storage" and in the Holland Village Shopping Center.

Radio and television broadcast programs in all four of Singapore's languages, i.e. English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.

In addition, a large number of channels can be received via cable, including around the clock "Deutsche Welle TV" for the Asian region. The program of the DW (Asia) is included in the basic package of StarHub Cable TV (Kanal 153) and SingTel-mio TV (Kanal161). A special digital decoder is required to receive the cable channels.

Please visit the StarHub Cable TV and SingTel-TV websites for more information

You can get more current information from Germany via the various livestreams of Deutsche Welle. You can find the offer under DW Media Center

Law / police

Criminal Laws:

Violations of criminal laws are sometimes severely punished; in Singapore there are both those Death as well as the Corporal punishment.

The compulsory death penalty is based on intentional homicide - ie on "murder [...] with the intention of causing death" according to s 300 (a) Penal Code - and on drug trafficking, provided certain minimum quantities are ensured, e.g. 15 g heroin, 30 g cocaine or 500 g of cannabis. Incidentally, there is a risk of long imprisonment, flogging and heavy fines. This also applies to the possession and manufacture of prohibited substances. Corporal punishment in the form of “caning”, in which the delinquent is beaten with a narrow bamboo cane, is also provided for by law - in addition to drug offenses, also for vandalism, rape, kidnapping and a number of other offenses.

Singapore also attaches particular importance to protecting people from harassment by others, e.g. through unwanted advances, public disturbance or insults, as well as hygiene in public spaces. Throwing away rubbish on the public road can result in a fine of up to SGD 2,000.00 for the first offense. Smoking is prohibited for anyone under the age of 18 and in many facilities such as public transport and swimming pools, theaters, cinemas, shopping malls, hawker centers, hospitals and other medical institutions. The 5 m radius around bus stops is also considered a "restricted zone". Violations can result in fines of up to SGD 1,000.00. Although the handling is comparable to the conditions in a European city, one should be aware of the above principle.

Please also note that according to the Regulation of Imports and Exports (Chewing Gum) Regulations, the import of chewing gum into Singapore is strictly prohibited. The first violation can be punished with a fine of up to 100,000 SGD and / or a prison sentence of up to two years. This does not include chewing gum that is used for medicinal purposes. After a change in the law in 2004, however, the sale of chewing gum in Singapore is permitted under certain conditions - e.g. if it is carried out by pharmacists or dentists and the buyer's personal data is stored.

You can find Singaporean legal texts online at Attorney-General's Chambers' Legislation Editing and Authentic Publishing System: Singapore Statutes Online

Police:

Emergency number: +65 999

Traffic Police: +65 6547 0000

Address: Tanglin Police Division Headquarters
21 Kampong Java Road, Singapore 228892
Tel .: +65 1800-391 0000; Fax: +65 6396 4900 www.spf.gov.sg

health

Singapore has numerous good doctors (see list) as well as public and private hospitals and specialist clinics. The hospitals are among the best-equipped in Southeast Asia. Medical care is reliable and largely corresponds to German standards.

The hospitals have a 24-hour ambulance service and pharmacies. Treatments must be paid for immediately in cash or by credit card. The prices outside of normal opening times and on Sundays and public holidays are significantly higher than in Germany.

Doctor list

The island owes it to strict hygienic regulations and a campaign against mosquitoes that it is largely free of dangerous tropical diseases. Nevertheless, there are numerous infections with dengue fever every year. Malaria also occurs occasionally. These diseases, which are transmitted by mosquito bites and manifest themselves as fever, severe headache and body aches, loss of appetite and vomiting, are rarely fatal. At the same time, you should pay attention to an appropriate mosquito protection.

Shopping possibilities

In addition to the modern shopping centers along Orchard Road, there are still long-established shops in the older districts of China Town, Little India and Arab Street. Basically, the traders there expect haggling and bargaining, which almost always lead to the goal. In contrast, fixed prices apply in the countless department stores. Singapore offers a wealth of shopping opportunities, from Chinese antiques to digital cameras, from bespoke suits to Indonesian batik fabrics, from stereos to jewelry and leather goods. However, Singapore is no longer a cheap country. Many goods are more expensive than in Germany.

The shops are usually open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., even on weekends.

Many Singaporeans make their way to the Malaysian border town of Johor Bahru at the weekend, as the goods are much cheaper there.

Restaurants

Like hardly any other city, Singapore offers the opportunity to get to know the cuisines of Asia. Here the diverse variations of Chinese cuisine, the North and South Indian, the Malaysian and Indonesian, the cuisine of the Thais, the Japanese and the Koreans are really real.

You can eat particularly cheaply in one of the many hawker centers or food courts, e.g. in Lau Pa Sat on Shenton Way, Newton Circus, Scotts Center or Tanglin Mall. For shellfish and seafood lovers, specialty eateries are recommended in Bedok, Punggol, as well as along Pasir Panjang Road and East Coast Road.

You don't have to go without German food and German beer in Singapore either. There are numerous inns with a rich selection of food and drinks.

Keyword “Oktoberfest”: The folk festival is a fixed term for many Singarpureans. More and more restaurants, hotels and clubs are offering their own “Oktoberfest”, such as the Swiss Club: www.swissclub.org.sg

schools

In principle, children of foreign parents can also attend a local school.

Please note:

- Admission to a state school for foreign children chargeable it will Not guaranteed.

- It exists for foreign children no compulsory education.

- Furthermore, the Singaporean school year begins in January.

There has been one in Singapore since 1971 German school, where over 1,500 students from many different countries now learn together. Since 2005 the school has also offered an English-language branch and is now called "Deutsche Europäische Schule Singapore - German European School Singapore" (for short: GESS). The annual school fees for the primary school in the German section are from 17,360.00 SGD; for the secondary level II in the German section the school fees amount to at least 21,950.00 SGD / year; the European section is a bit more expensive. There may be additional fees. All information can be found on the following website: www.gess.sg

Singapore offers a large selection of other, mostly very expensive international schools, e.g. the Canadian International School Singapore, Dulwich College Singapore, French School of Singapore, Swiss School in Singapore, Singapore American School, United World School South East Asia or Stamford American International School.

An overview of international schools in Singapore can be found on the website of "Singapore Expats": International Schools

Kindergartens

The German European School Singapore also has a kindergarten and preschool groups. Both German and English-speaking supervision are offered. Children between 18 months and two years can also attend parent-child groups (German or English). Information on the preschool program can be found on the GESS website

Other international schools also offer kindergartens. There are also a large number of local, partly privately run kindergartens. In some cases, children can go to local kindergartens from 2 months old. There are also some Montessori kindergartens; the care here is usually limited to a few hours in the morning. Most kindergartens offer a bus service.

Clubs

Joining a club is a great way to make new friends quickly. There are a variety of international clubs in Singapore. In addition to the "Swiss Club Singapore", the "Hollandse Club", "The British Club" or "The American Club Singapore" there is also an association of the German community: the "German Association - Deutsches Haus"

You can also get up-to-date information on the club's activities in the monthly magazine "Impulse". It is available in the "German Club - Deutsches Haus", in the German Embassy and in German shops and restaurants. You can also download the current issue as a PDF file from the website: www.impulse.org.sg

Christian communities

Two German-speaking Christian communities and the Lutheran Sea Mission are also represented in Singapore:

German-speaking evangelical congregation in Singapore
# 01-09 Faber Garden, 4 Angklong Lane, Singapore 579979
Tel .: +65 6457 5604, Fax: +65 6457 3845
[email protected]

German-speaking Catholic parish of St. Elisabeth Singapore
1C Victoria Park Road, Singapore 266481
Tel .: +65 6465 5660, Fax: +65 6465 5661
[email protected]

Lutheran seaman's mission
www.lutheran.org.sg

Arts and Culture in Singapore

Singapore has a lot to offer in this area. Numerous museums invite you to visit, especially the National Museum of Singapore (NMS), the Asian Civilization Museum (ACM) and the Peranakan Museum. The three have been beautifully restored and offer constantly changing exhibitions and events. The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is also worth a visit. There are also numerous smaller museums, including the National Gallery, the Malay Heritage Center, the Chinatown Heritage Center and the Singapore Philatelic Museum.

For those interested in art, there is a large number of smaller and larger galleries that offer Asian art, among other things. One of the more established galleries is the Art-2 Gallery. For more information about galleries in Singapore, visit the following website: www.sagg.com.sg

Also popular is the “Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay” cultural center, which opened in 2002 and has a theater and opera hall with 2,000 seats and a concert hall with 1,600 seats. Every now and then, free concerts are offered in and in front of the Esplanade. You can find out more at www.esplanade.com
There are also numerous small theaters (e.g. Singapore Repertory Theater, The Stage Club, The Substation, Wild Rice, The Necessary Stage).

For lovers of classical music there is the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, whose concerts are mostly performed in the new cultural center. www.sso.org.sg


Festivals:

The Singapore Arts Festival takes place once a year and brings artists from all over the world to Singapore. There are also smaller festivals like the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.

There is also the Singapore Film Festival, the European Film Festival, the German Film Festival and other diverse international film festivals every year.

Information on events related to Germany can also be found on the Facebook website maintained by the German Embassy

Cinema & Co.

A favorite pastime of Singaporeans is the cinema. It is better to secure tickets in advance, especially on Fridays. You can find the current cinema program in the daily press (e.g. "The Straits Times") and on the Internet.

Alternative films are shown in the following cultural institutions, among others:
The Arts House National Museum of Singapore

Films, videos and video games must be submitted to the Media Development Authority (MDA) for review and are classified according to age groups, namely by "G" (no age limit), "PG" (no age limit, but parental supervision recommended) "PG13" (for viewers from 13 years, younger people should be supervised), "NC16" (not suitable for viewers under 16 years of age), "M18" (not suitable for viewers under 18 years of age) and "R21" (not suitable for viewers under 21 years of age).

Contact the Media Development Authority for more information


Publications with program information:

  • “TimeOut Singapore”: paid magazine with extensive event information; also available as an app www.timeoutsingapore.com
  • "SG - The Insider's Guide to Singapore": free, biweekly city magazine with information on the cultural program, also with many tips on clubs and music https://sgmagazine.com/
  • "Impulse" (see above) www.impulse.org.sg

"Friends of the Museums Singapore":

If you want to find out more about Singapore and its history, but also about Asia, Asian art and history, you can contact the “Friends of the Museums Singapore” (FOM), a non-governmental association for cultural maintenance in Singapore. FOM offers lectures, readings, guided tours and study trips.

Tel./Fax: +65 6337 3685

FOM website


Language courses:

A language course is recommended for those who want to learn more about everyday culture and the different languages ​​in Singapore. Private institutions and language schools such as the Chinese Chamber of Commerce or Inlingua, as well as some “Community Centers” - “adult education centers” operated by the People's Association - offer courses in English, Mandarin and Malay. PA's courses & activities

In addition, the Gothe-Institut in Singapore offers German courses for adults and especially for children between 7 and 13 years of age. The latter can learn or consolidate the German language in small groups with teaching materials from Germany. Further information is available on the Goethe-Institut website

Tourist Attractions

Thanks to its geographic location, Singapore has an abundance of interesting historical, cultural and botanical sights. Here is a small selection from the variety of sightseeing options:

  • Historically and culturally significant Districts like Arab Street and Kampong Glam, China Town, Little India, Singapore River, Fort Canning Park or the Changi Prison.
  • Worth seeing Colonial building like the Old Parliament House, Chijmes or the Fullerton Hotel. A visit to the Raffles Hotel is also popular; the famous "Singapore Sling" is offered in the Long Bar.
  • Numerous, often a little hidden Mosques as well as Chinese and Indian temples. A list of historic buildings can be found on the National Heritage Board website
  • Museums like the National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, Asian Civilizations Museum or Peranakan Museum. A listing of the official museums can also be found on the National Heritage Board website
  • Gardens, e.g. the Botanical Garden with its orchid garden, the Chinese and Japanese gardens and Gardens by the Bay.
  • nature such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, "Wadden Sea" Chek Jawa on the island of Pulau Ubin, Sungei Buloh Nature Park, McRitchie Reservoir, Labrador Park, Mount Faber, Kent Ridge Park, etc.).
  • Exotic wildlifee.g. in the Singapore Zoo, which also offers a night and river safari, in the Jurong Bird Park and in the Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon on Sentosa.
  • nearby Islands such as Pulau Ubin, Kusu, Sisters Island, St. John's Island and of course Sentosa Island with its numerous attractions and leisure activities.

You can discover another side of Singapore here:

For a first impression, travel agencies and travel agencies in the hotels offer daily excursions to the various destinations. You will only really feel the fascinating atmosphere of Singapore on foot, in a boat or in an air-conditioned public bus. You can also climb one of the trishaws for a short excursion.

More detailed information can be obtained from one of the tourist information offices, including the

Singapore Visitor Center @ Orchard
216 Orchard Road
Tel .: +65 1800 736 2000 (hotline)

You can find many other locations on the following website

That too Singapore Tourism Board maintains a very informative website

Excursions and guided tours are offered by the "German Association - Deutsches Haus": German Association

Individual city tours in German are also offered by Shannaz (Tel .: 9832 9440).
For German speakers Nature tours you can contact Robert Heigermoser (www.ulusingapore.com).

Fun for the whole family

Singapore's consistently warm climate offers a multitude of opportunities to be outdoors all year round. In addition to the swimming pools and playgrounds in the apartment blocks, there are a large number of public ones Swimming pools as well as attractive Fun pools in Jurong East (21 Jurong East Street), the "Wild Wild Wet Waterpark" in Pasir Ris and the "Adventure Cove Waterpark" on Sentosa. For those who like climbing, we recommend “Forest Adventure” at the Bedok Reservoir.

Size playgrounds there is West Coast Park, Pasir Ris Park and an adventure playground at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. In addition, there are a number of smaller public playgrounds, which are often a bit hidden.

Singapore has a number of mostly small but very beautiful ones Parksthat offer enough space to run, be amazed and play, including Botanical Gardens, Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park, MacRichtie Reservoir Park, East Coast Park, Labrador Nature Reserve, Fort Canning Park and many more. There is usually a restaurant near the park. Visit the National Parks Board website for more information

Well worth a visit besides that zoo also the Jurong Bird Park. Wildlife Reserves Singapore

If the weather is nice, a trip to Sentosa always an attractive alternative. The island has numerous attractions and beautiful beaches. Sentosa Island

Anyone who longs for snow and ice can visit the "Kallang Ice World" Ice skate run ... Kallang Ice World

... or in the "Snow City Singapore" Sledding walk. Warm clothes can be borrowed. Snow City Singapore
A visit to the "Singapore Science Center“At 15 Science Center Road, Jurong East, is also very interesting, not just for children. Singapore Science Center

Anyone who wants to be creative can do one too Pottery course visit. Courses - also for children - are offered in the rural Jalan Bahar Clay Studio @ Dragon Kiln Village, 97L Lorong Tawas (Tel .: +65 6777 1812 and +65 6341 1384). Here is also one of the two large Chinese kilns still standing, the so-called.