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Postal service

Deutsche Post is reliable service provide for all your postal needs.

Mail service is prompt and efficient in Germany. The goal is to have a Brief (letter), that was mailed in the afternoon, to arrive the following morning anywhere in the country, though this isn’t guaranteed. Most packages can be delivered within a four hundred kilometre radius in one day and nationwide within two days.

Timings:

Post offices are normally open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. till noon. In some areas outside cities, they may be closed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and in large cities there are sometimes 24-hour post offices, generally at the main post office and/or at the railroad station.

You can buy stamps from roadside stamp vending machine also. But you need to have change as it does not have facilities to return change.

Prices Letters/Postcards

The Deutsche Post has simplified, and reduced prices for, sending international letters  effective from 1 Jan 2011. Now the prices for sending post to Europe and any other country of the world is same.
 
For a list of DHL's Price Changes as of January 1, 2011 Click here. It's in English!!

When Leaving Germany

A redirection service is available from the German post office (Deutsche Post). You can request for this service at a post office or online. When you opt for this service, all your letters will be redirected to your new address in Germany or outside Germany.

  • For detailed information (in English) on redirecting mail: Click here
  • Procedure to make Requests for forwarding mail  online
    • Private individuals click on Nachsenderservice Privat, check the Umzug box
    • In the section Termin und Dauer where it says: Beginn der Nachsendung type in the date the post forwarding should begin
    • Under Dauer der Nachsendung choose either 6 or 12 months depending on how long the service is required
    • Zusatzleistung only applies within Germany to the forwarding of parcels and packages. On the second page enter details of the current (bisherige Adresse) and new address (neue Adresse)
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