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Germany Mailing Address Formats and Other International Mailing Information

for mailing letters or packages to or from Germany,
such as postal rates to (or from) Germany, finding German addresses, German postcodes, etc.

When mailing an envelope or postcard, leave at least the bottom 16 millimeters (5/8 inch) blank on both front and back. (The postal service's reading and sorting machines might need this space to print bar codes on your mail.)

Address Format Examples

German Post Office (Deutsche Post) sample addresses:
A normal address:
   Herrn                         ["to Mr." (form of address)]
   Eberhard Wellhausen           [name]
   Wittekindshof                 [institution / company name] 
   Schulstrasse 4                [street address]
   32547 Bad Oyenhausen          [postal code + city/town]        The German Postal Service prefers that you no longer prefix the numeric postal code with the letter(s)-based country code.
   GERMANY                       [country]
A PO Box ("Postfach") type of address:
   Firma                         ["company"]
   Wellhausen                    [company's name]
   Postfach 10 01 65             ["PO Box" + its number]
   32547 Bad Oyenhausen          [postal code + city/town]
   GERMANY                       [country]
The Deutsche Post website has a lot of advice for making your mail machine-readable for speedy and accurate delivery, but I think much of it may be less important when mailing internationally. Some of this advice is translated and summarized in Addressing a Letter in Germany (English Language Instructions.)

ABB Group
   ABB Flexible Automation GmbH  [company name]
   Grüner Weg 6                  [street address]
   61169 Friedberg               [postal code + city/town.]
   GERMANY                       [country]

   ABB Lackieranlagen GmbH       [company name]
   Schorbachstrasse 9            [street address]
   Postfach 260                  [PO Box number]              This letter will probably be delivered to the post office box, because it occurs lower in the address.
   35510 Butzbach                [postal code + city/town.]
   GERMANY                       [country]

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Postcode Search (find Germany postcodes / postal codes = 'German zip codes')

Postal code lookup information, for German and English speakers.
This form lets you find a German address's postal code (German equivalent of a U.S. zip code.)

Address Format Information

Exeter Beginners' German textbook on the WWW
"Addresses and postcodes" partly explains German address format, but for more information you should also read "German letter layout," which gives more address formatting details.

Addressing a Letter in Germany (English Language Instructions) shows the unintentional humor and pathos of addressing a letter in a machine-processing age.

Postal Rates to or from Germany

Postage calculators and tables showing how much postage you need to mail or ship to and/or from Germany are at the International Postal Rates Page.

Finding Out Addresses (such as addresses in Germany / Germany address search)

See Finding An International Address / Address Search.

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