Monday, 23 January 2012

How to address a letter or parcel to Germany? Tips on address formatting

Here is a quick guide for addressing parcels/letters to Germany. At first sight the two might look very similar, however, there are few crucial differences which could cause potential delivery delays.


UK address format
German address format
Mr John Smith
Apartment 7
118 Hammersmith Grove
Frau Anna Schmidt 
Wohnung 4
Jungstra├če 17 
10247 Berlin 
W6 7HB

As you can see, the main differences between UK addresses and the address format for sending a parcel to Germany are:
  • (1) Firstly, address your receiver with the correct title, i.e. Herr (Mr), Frau (Mrs, Ms, Miss).
  • (2) Secondly, remember to put the house number comes after the street name.
  • (3) Thirdly, in Germany the postcode comes before the town or city name.
  • Lastly, make sure that your own address as well as the receiver’s address are clearly readable. Writing your address in capital letters is usually good method to ensure that the courier personnel is going to process your order quickly and without any problems.

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