So, you are thinking about moving to Germany. Great choice! Iit is a great place to live. Very friendly people. Lots of jobs opportunities. Gorgeous nature. Bretzeln. But no kitchens to be found in most rentals.
What do you mean by “no kitchens”? I mean a blank space with sockets and pipes but no furniture. Nada. Rien de rien. Absolute emptiness. Your pockets might feel empty if you didn’t foresee this cost.
Germans tend to rent rather than buying. And they rent long-term. That’s why they prefer getting a kitchen to their liking. If they eventually move to a new home, they usually take their kitchen with them or sell it.
This is something that surprises many expatriates living in Germany. In many countries you expect to rent or buy an apartment with a full equipped kitchen. This is not so common in Germany. I’ve read that in Munich and Berlin apartments equipped with kitchen furniture and appliances are more frequent. So, you might want to consider this with more detail. Once you know your destination, I would suggest looking for Expats groups in Facebook (i.e. Munich Expats, Expats in Nuremberg). They are an excellent tool to find roommates, get second-hand furniture and make acquaintances.
If the place you are renting doesn’t have a kitchen, you can find second-hand kitchens in good condition in Ebay or Quoka. You can also ask your landlord or neighbour. Perhaps they know someone who is selling their old kitchen.
Amazon.de and Otto.de are some places where you can also find kitchens at a reasonable price. Your key words are Küchenzeile, Küchenblock and Küchenzeile. If you want them with appliances remember to include in your search the term mit E-Geräten.
If you are on a budget or in a rush, look at the Ikea series SUNNERSTA (sink and corpus) and TILLREDA (mini fridge and portable induction cooktop). This can also be an excellent short-term solution while you save up to have the kitchen of your dreams.
If you are already here and have just found out about the kitchen situation, I hope this post helped you. Remember that every country has its quirkiness. And this is only the start of your German adventure. Things will get better.
Best of lucks!