How do I get a zip code
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Are you looking for the postcode (zip code) of a German city? Then the postal code information from Das Örtliche is the right place for you. Simply enter a town / district or the entire address above and click on "Find". Immediately afterwards you will find out the postcode for the place.
Particularly practical: the postcode search not only finds cities, but also districts of a city and villages of a municipality. After you have entered the place name, all postcodes of the respective districts will be displayed in our zip code directory. This helps you to assign the postcode of a postcode area exactly and makes the search even faster.
Frequently asked questions
- How do I find out my postcode?
With Das Örtliche's postcode search, you can quickly find out which postcode belongs to which place in Germany (e.g. Hamburg or Wiesenfeld) and vice versa. For example, if you search for "Bremen", the postcodes of the respective districts of the city will be displayed immediately. If you search using a postcode and enter, for example, the sequence of numbers "45968", the postcode search will immediately find the associated location (Gladbeck).
In our postcode information you can look up all postcodes used in Germany.
What if no zip code was found?If you can't find a zip code, you may have misspelled the city name. In this case, please also enter a street name so that the assignment of a postcode to a town or district can be specified more precisely.
Perhaps you made a mistake and entered one of the individual postcodes that are reserved for major customers, television companies, etc. They are not included in the database.
- How do I find a place using the zip code?
If you want to find out which town belongs to a postcode, select "Town to postcode" in the selection menu of our postcode search and enter the postcode you want to search with in the search field. Start the search by clicking on "Find".
If you search using a zip code, our zip code search will show you the place name, the assigned districts, the district and the state of the zip code.
- What is a zip code?
A postcode is a specific sequence of digits that is uniquely assigned to a specific location. This “guide number” has to be given along with the street and place on letters, cards, info post, parcels and parcels - a mail item can only be reliably delivered with a complete address.
There are also special cases in the German postcode system: For example, some large companies, television broadcasters and major customers such as the Bundestag (postcode 11011) in Berlin have their own postcodes.
The current five-digit postcode system has existed since July 1, 1993.
- How is a zip code composed?
A German postcode always consists of 5 digits. Each digit has a meaning:
- The first number indicates the postcode. Germany is divided into ten postcode areas (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9): For example, postcodes in eastern Germany often begin with 0 (e.g. Dresden, Leipzig) or 1 (e.g. Rostock, Stralsund); In western Germany, the 2 applies mainly to Schleswig-Holstein, the 4 for North Rhine-Westphalia, the 8 or 9 for Bavaria etc.
- The second digit names the region within the postcode.
- Taken together, the first two numbers indicate the geographic routing or target region - this is where the mail should arrive. For example, “20” at the beginning stands for Hamburg Mitte.
- The following sections (numbers 3 to 5) show where the recipient lives, how he receives his mail (delivery or PO box) and whether he is a major customer. The system is obvious to the mail carrier: The lowest numbers in a municipality refer to the post office boxes, the "middle numbers" are reserved for large customers, and the highest numbers indicate delivery districts with residential buildings and companies.
- Why do I need a zip code?
With a full address, including the postcode, you ensure that your letter or parcel is guaranteed to reach the intended recipient. Without a clear address, delivery is not guaranteed, especially not in cases like this: If there is a "main street" in two places with the same name, for example in 16845 Neustadt [Dosse] and 35279 Neustadt [Hessen], the mail can be sent Only deliver to the correct recipient with certainty if the postcode of the town / district is given.
- Why are there postcodes?
The postal code system was developed during the Second World War, when the amount of mail to be delivered rose sharply due to field post (especially small parcels): soldiers sent postcards home; Relatives sent parcels to the front. In addition, the Wehrmacht had drafted most of the experienced postal workers; The increasing number of temporary workers often did not know where certain places / regions were.
In order to cope with the new requirements, the Reich Ministry of Post developed a 2-digit system of routing numbers according to routing zones. 24 parcel control centers with sub-control centers were numbered. As a rule, the lead areas corresponded to the district division and thus also to the administrative districts of the upper post office. Each area received a 2-digit number combination for identification, for example "21" for the province of Westphalia. Initially, the two-digit code was only available for parcel delivery, and from 1944 also for letters.
Interesting to know: The guide numbers for the field post traffic were originally arranged arbitrarily in order to disguise the location of a military unit.
The Bundeswehr still uses its own numbering system today and sets up its own field post offices for missions abroad, for example in Kosovo. However, the field post has been based on an orderly system since 2005, so that the field post number can be used to determine the location of the deployment.
- Where do postcodes come from?
In the second half of the 19th century, the postal administrations of various countries used so-called number stamps. These postmarks, which showed a centered number within a graphic pattern, were the forerunners of the postcode, because this stamp system was the first to map (delivery) locations - usually post offices - with a numerical code.
From 1853, the “Thurn und Taxis” post also used so-called ring number stamps. ("Thurn and Taxis" was the dynasty that had held postal rights since the transport of imperial courier mail in the 15th century.)
The special design of the stamps is also interesting for collectors: The Post used stamps with distinguishable patterns: grid number stamps, grate number stamps, mill wheel stamps and diamond point stamps. Postmarks were also used to cancel postage stamps. Over time, the number stamps were replaced by place and date stamps.
- How long has the postcode existed?
Postal reform: from the 4-digit to the 5-digit postcode In the 1960s a 4-digit system was introduced in both the FRG and the GDR. The zeros at the end of each postcode were not written until electronic data processing was introduced (Kiel and Stralsund initially had postcodes 23, later 2300).
Before the new 5-digit postcodes were introduced, there was the problem of identical postcodes in East and West after reunification: Over 800 places had the same postcode - for example Bonn and Weimar, Kiel and Stralsund, Heidelberg and Jena. To distinguish it, the postcode was temporarily prefixed with a W for places in the west and an O for places in the east.
Soon, however, planning began for a uniform, all-German postal routing system, as neither the West German nor the East German system was suitable for expansion to include all of Germany.
The conversion to the “new postcodes” was accompanied by many advertising campaigns: Not only was a “new postcode” stamp issued and run in the millions, but image films, commercials and TV shows also advertised the new system. The comic mascot Rolf - a “speaking hand” with 5 fingers - advertised the new 5-digit postcode system with the slogan “Five is Trümpf”.
- Are there special postcodes?
Yes, there are: Major customersThose who receive a lot of mail (for example corporations, television companies) often have their own zip code. But also actions that go hand in hand with a high volume of correspondence receive so-called Promotion postcodesthat are used for certain, mostly one-time campaigns such as postal votes and competitions.
Odd postal codesNot only can you write a letter to the Christ Child (e.g. to the Christmas post office in Himmelstadt), even trees can have their own postal address: for example the "Bridegroom's Oak in Eutin".
- What if the zip code on a package is wrong?
In this case, the package does not always have to be sent back to the sender. The parcel services often succeed in determining the postcode based on the street, house number and place name. The search usually extends delivery by one to three days.
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