Featured article photo: Berlin in Germany, by Florian Wehde (Unsplash License)
The Address Format of Germany 🇩🇪
[Street Name][Building No.]
[Postal Code][City or Town]
The address format in Germany is essentially a reverse of what you would find in the United States and Canada. Building numbers come after the street names, and postal codes are written before the city or town.
Here is an example of the German address format above using a dummy address:
What is -straße? How do you pronounce it?
Many German addresses end with -straße, which means "street" in English. ß is not an uppercase [b], it is a letter on its own, and it is pronounced like an [s]. Here's how the word is pronounced:
German postal codes
Postal codes in Germany are known as Postleitzahl, or PLZ for short. It takes the form of a 5-digit number. In a German address, it is written before the name of the city or town.
Apartment numbers are rarely used in Germany
As mentioned above, Germans don't typically use apartment numbers in addresses. Mailboxes in German apartments are labelled with the recipient's name, so make sure you use the correct recipient name when sending out a letter or a package.
However, in student dormitory or office buildings where specific unit or room numbers are sometimes used, you can add Zimmer [Room No] above the street name. Here is an example:
Are there any street endings aside from -straße in Germany?
Yes. Aside from -straße, which means "Street", here are a few other common street endings you may come across in Germany. These aren't all of them, but they're amongst the most common. Note that the examples given are mostly made-up street names (but they might actually exist somewhere in Germany...)
This suffix is used for paths or trails. For example, Waldblickweg (Forest View Path).
This suffix is used for squares or plazas. For example, Rathausplatz (Town Hall Square).
This suffix is used for narrow lanes or alleys. For example, Blumengasse (Flower Alley).
This suffix is used for boulevards or tree-lined avenues. For example, Lindenallee (Linden Avenue).
This suffix is used for circular or ring-shaped roads. For example, Bismarckring (Bismarck Ring).