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Getting to know new people can be a real challenge after a certain age. It doesn’t have to be: We present the 3 best free apps that will help you to get connected quickly.

Dating apps like Tinder and Lovoo are almost part of the standard repertoire on many people today. But not everyone is looking for the next bed story. Sometimes you just want to get to know new people in order to meet up for leisure activities – online dating sites are not really suitable for this. The solution: Apps with which you can specifically search for people and then meet offline for joint activities.

Meetup is one of the most popular apps for finding people with similar interests. The range of activities is correspondingly broad: reading circles, running rounds, round tables, visits to museums, weekend trips together – you can actually find almost everything at Meetup.

Searching in the app works using keywords. If you search for “hiking”, for example, all meetings in your region will be displayed. If you like an event, just register and go there. At Meetup you usually meet an international audience and many expats, i.e. people who work abroad.

Couchsurfing is actually intended for travelers looking for an inexpensive place to stay. In the meantime, however, the app is also used by many people to meet like-minded people at events.

If you like things a little more spontaneous, use the “hangouts” function of Couchsurfing. This shows you all the people in your area who are currently available. If you want to meet, just write to the person and make an appointment. Experience has shown that this works a little easier in large cities.

Spontacts is another app with quite a large community and lots of different activities. Depending on your interests, you can filter whether you are looking for events in the areas of sports, culture, going out, etc. and set specific dates, for example the next weekend.

Big advantage: Creating your own events is very straightforward. If you are only interested in one event but do not want to finally agree, you can also “bookmark” the event, similar to what you know from Facebook. With the paid premium version you can activate additional features and, for example, limit the number of participants.

With the free apps above, you’re guaranteed to get to know new people quickly so you can do something together. There are of course other options. In most cities, for example, you will find Facebook groups with the motto “New in XY”, where you can meet other Facebook users. In addition, there are of course the “classic” methods such as sports clubs, language courses or volunteering.

Do you know any other ways you have met new people? Did we forget an app that you think you should definitely try? Write to us in the comments!