Heidelberg - General Facts
Most banks are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 1 pm
and 2:30 to 4 pm (on Thursday until 5:30 pm). Store hours
can vary from town to town, but shops are generally open Monday
to Friday from 9 or 10 am to 7 or 8 pm. Saturday hours are
generally from 9 am to 4 pm. Stores are closed on Sundays
except in train stations, petrol stations and airports.
The Euro (€) is the official currency.
In most places: 220 volts AC (50 cycles). A transformer (in
German: "Steckdosenadapter") and a plug
that fits the German socket may be needed for your appliances
(laptop, i.e. American, Japanese, etc.).
Emergency & Health
For police, dial 110. For ambulance and fire, call 112.
Guide for Handicapped People
The main post office business hours at Sophienstraße [map]
Monday - Friday: 8 am to 6 pm,
Saturday: 8 am to 1 pm.
The post office business hours at University Square [map]
Monday - Friday: 10 am to 6 pm,
Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm.
All letters to the European countries cost €0.55 and €0.45
for postcards. It costs €1.55 for up to 20 grams to send an
airmail letter to the United States, Canada, Japan, etc. and
€1.00 for postcards.
The country code for Germany is 49.
The city code for Heidelberg is 6221 from outside
Germany, and 06221 from within Germany.
Local and long-distance calls may be placed from coin-operated
public telephone booths. The unit charge is € 0.15. The majority
of public phones in Germany require an advance-payment telephone
card from Deutsche Telekom, the German telephone company.
Phone cards are sold at post offices, newsstands and some
Germany operates on Central European time (CET), which means
that the country is 6 hours ahead of eastern standard time
(EST) in the United States and 1 hour ahead of Greenwich mean
time (GMT). Daylight saving time begins in April and ends
in September - there's a slight difference in the dates from
year to year - in August there'll be a 6-hour difference between
U.S. EST and CET.
If a restaurant bill has "Bedienung" listed,
then it means a service charge has already been added, and
it is customary to round up at least to the nearest Euro.
If not, add 10 to 15%.
Women's toilets are usually marked with an "D" for
and men's toilets with an "H" for Herren.
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Last update: Mar 5, 2004 (OLR)