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Facilities are readily available.


There are many Internet cafes all over the country. Large Internet access centres exist in most main cities. Hotels also provide facilities. ISPs include Data Online.


Stamps are available from hotels, slot machines and post offices. A 5 figure postal code is used on all internal addresses. Poste Restante mail should be addressed as follows: recipient’s name, Postlagernd, Hauptpostamt, post code, name of town.

Post office opening hours are: Monday-Friday 0900-1800 hrs, Saturday 0900-1200 hrs. Smaller branches may close for lunch.


The most influential dailies include the Die Welt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The most widely read of the weekly publications are Der Spiegel and Die Zeit. Some new or revamped newspapers, such as Berliner Kurier, have emerged out of eastern Germany and are competing well with western German papers. Most major English newspapers and international magazines are also available in Germany.


BBC World Service and Voice of America can be received. From time to time the frequencies change and the most up-to-date can be found online.


Telegrams can be sent during opening hours from all post offices.

Telephone - land line

 Full IDD is available.
 Country dialing code is 49

National and international calls can be made from coin or card-operated telephone booths. Calls can be made from post offices. Cheap rate applies Monday-Friday 1800-0800 hrs and all day Saturday and Sunday. Discount phonecards from private companies can be bought from shops and kiosks.

 Outgoing international code is 00

 Emergency Services number 112

Telephone - mobile

GSM 900 and 1800 networks cover the whole country. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving.
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