Practical travel information for Germany
City maps, telephone service, emergency numbers
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Compared to other countries, Germany is densely populated and has a diverse, mostly very well-developed infrastructure. Whether by car, by train, by bike or on foot while hiking: In most cases you will find within a few kilometers appropriate options for a secure, uncomplicated and entertaining traveling. For all who are not using nowadays a smartphone while traveling, here are some hints and tips:
If you are travelling to a new town and still don't have a navigation system in the car, you can find nearly every street in Germany with few clicks in the Internet. Here are a couple of tips:
- First have a look on the home page of the town to see if there is an online map available. Often you will find the latest and most complete road map here. Example: Our home town Bamberg has its map under www.bamberg.info/stadtplan/. Additionally you will find a lot tips about the city and its infrastructure.
- For online city map services in Germany look at the following addresses:
- For cartographical products and purchase advice the service of Michael Ritz under www.landkartenindex.de is recommended.
- Just if you are planning a far journey, it is useful to use the city maps in combination with a route planner. We listed these resources on a separate page.
- The Deutsche
Telekom ´s directory enquiry service offers advice in
the telephone network (within Germany):
- for phone numbers in Germany : 11833 (alternative: 11881)
- for phone numbers in foreign countries : 11834
- in English language : 11837
- in Turkish language : 11836
- phone numbers in Germany : www.teleauskunft.de and www.dasoertliche.de
- phone numbers international : www.phonebuch.com
- Simdiscount.de offers various mobile tariffs with no fixed contract term, which offer particular for guests from outside Germany during their stay in Germany favorable conditions.
- Phoning economical: Germany & international: www.simyo.de
- Which dialling prefixes give the cheapest calls at the moment? Find out at:
- Emergency or accident?
|Emergency service||phone number|
| Rescue service /
|1 92 22|
| Air Ambulance
|+ 49 711 - 70 10 70|
|Poisoning|| + 49 551 - 19 240
+ 49 551 - 38 31 80
| Car breakdown
(-> also watch for the yellow columns on German motorways every few miles)
| ADAC: 0180 - 2 22 22 22
ACE: 0180 - 2 34 35 36
|Car insurance (central phone number)||+ 49 180 - 25026|
(-> for calling somebody via radio in case of emergency or death)
|ADAC: 0180 - 5 10 11 12|
- Has your cell phone disappeared?
|Mobile Network||phone number|
|D1||+ 49 1803 - 30 22 02|
|D2 - Vodafone||+ 49 172 - 12 12|
|E-Plus||+ 49 177 - 10 00|
|O2||+ 49 800 - 55 222 55|
- You´ve lost your debit, credit or charge card?
|Card type||phone number|
|Visa|| + 49 69 - 79 20 13 33
900 974 445 (international)
|Mastercard|| + 49 69 - 75 76 10 00
900 971 231 (international)
|American Express||+ 49 69 - 97 97 40 00|
|ec cards||+ 49 1805 - 021 021|
|Eurocard|| + 49 69 - 79 33 19 10
001 - 31 42 75 66 90 (international)
|Diners Club|| + 49 69 - 26 03 50
0180 - 2 34 54 54 (international)
The most important words in case of emergency in various languages can be downloaded from our TREFFPUNKT German courses ewsletter. More information to travel in Germany is to be found at car rental, hotels, airlines, trains and many tips for travelling in Germany>>> (German page).
You will find dictionaries for your trip here.
Have a nice trip :-)
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