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Police Emergency 110
Fire, Accidents 112
Emergency Doctor 030 / 19292
Poison Control 030 / 19240
Directory Assistance National: 11833; International: 11834
Cancellation of Credit/EC card 116116 or + 49(0)1805-021021
Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) +49 (0)30 / 19449
Deutsche Bahn Travel Information +49 (0)180 / 599 66 33
Airport Hotline +49 (0)180 / 500 0186

Police Information

Police in Berlin

Lost and Found

Zentrales Fundbüro (Central Lost and Found Office)

Address: Platz der Luftbrücke 6, 12101 Berlin - Tempelhof

Phone:  030 / 7560 3101

Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) Lost and Found Office

Address: Potsdamer Str. 180/182, 10783 Berlin

Phone: 030 / 19449

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City Guides

  • Berlin’s official website has an extensive English section. The site includes a virtual tour of Berlin, some information about administration, political structures, cultural scene, and a hotel database.
  • Visit Berlin is another English version homepage for visitors to Berlin. Here you will find a list and further information on Berlin sights to see.

Berlin’s Universities

Foreign Cultural Institutes and Embassies in Berlin

Foreign Cultural Institutes offer language classes and hold cultural events, e.g. public readings or musical recitals.

Embassies in Berlin

Weblinks about Germany

  • Deutschland Portal is the central, non-commercial access to Germany on the internet. It provides commented link lists in six languages, bundles the German web offers of high-quality internet portals and is the virtual international calling card for the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • Facts about Germany is a reference book offering all sorts of up-to-date and reliable information about Germany.
  • is a publication of the German Embassy’s Department for Press, Information and Public Affairs, the German Consulates General in the United States, and the German Information Center.
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is one of the world’s largest and most respected intermediary organizations in its fields. Useful information about life and research in Germany can be found on its homepage.
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Germany has been a parliamentary federal democracy since 1949. State holiday is on 3rd October.

With 82.5 million inhabitants Germany has the largest population of all EU member states. Around 7.3 million foreigners live in Germany (8.8 percent of the total population).

With 231 inhabitants per square kilometer, Germany is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. The German constitution guarantees freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. There is no state religion. Information about church services in Berlin can be found here.

Holidays in Germany


Germany’s climate is temperate. Extreme temperature lows and highs are rare. Winter temperatures vary from west to east, with around freezing temperatures in the west and well below freezing in the east of Germany. Summer temperatures typically move between 20°C and 30°C with more rainfall during the summer months. Frequent changes of weather make forecasting difficult. To be on the safe side, bring warm clothes for the winter months as well as rain resistant clothing with you. For weather in Berlin check here.

Cost of Living

Studying in Germany is comparatively expensive as the cost of living is high, although this varies regionally.

The following monthly costs must be expected:

Rent (in dormitory, in private halls, rooms or flats) amounts up to € 350 per month; health insurance for doctoral candidates is about € 140 per month. A meal in a students’ dining hall costs about € 3. Depending on lifestyle, approximately € 180 per month can be expected to be spent on food. So, the cost of living amounts to a minimum of € 800 monthly.


After your arrival in Germany, you will need some cash for the first days. An unlimited amount of German currency (Euro, €) or foreign currency can be brought to Germany, but please consider the exchange regulations in your home country.

Exchange bureaus in Germany are also open in the evening and on the weekend. You will find them in or next to the train station or at the airport. It is recommended to change some of your Travelers Cheques or Euro-Banknotes into small change, because you need some coins for the bus or taxi you may take the first days.

Here you can find some tools for converting different currencies.

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ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) Geld-/Bankautomat
Charge / Fee Gebühr
Consultation hours Sprechstunde
Direct dial Durchwahl
Employment agency Arbeitsamt
Enrollment Einschreibung (Immatrikulation)
Foreigners’ registration office Ausländerbehörde
Form Formular
Insurance Versicherung
Residents’ registration office Einwohnermeldeamt
Rent / Rental Miete
Semester / Term fee Semesterbeitrag
Stop / Station Haltestelle
Student ID Studentenausweis
Student cafeteria Mensa
Ticket machine Fahrkartenautomat
Ticket Fahrkarte
Streetcar Straßenbahn
Subway U-Bahn
Vending machine Automat (Getränke, Snacks, Tickets)

Everyday Expressions

Hello Hallo
Good morning! Guten Morgen!
Good evening! Guten Abend!
Goodbye! Auf Wiedersehen! Tschüß!
See you tomorrow! Bis morgen!
Give my regards to… Grüß … von mir.
Thank you! Danke!
You're welcome! Bitte! / Bitte sehr!
Yes (please)! Ja (bitte)!
No (thanks)! Nein (danke)!
Excuse me! Entschuldigung!
Do you speak English? Sprechen Sie / Sprichst Du Englisch?
Sorry? Wie bitte?
I understand. Ich verstehe.
I do not understand (you). Ich verstehe (Sie / Dich) nicht.
What’s your name? Wie heißt Du / heißen Sie?
My name is… Ich heiße…
How are you? Wie geht es Ihnen / Dir?
Thanks, I’m fine. Danke, mir geht es gut.
Where is the students’ cafeteria? Wo ist die Mensa?
How do I get to the next station? Wie komme ich zur nächsten Haltestelle?
I’d like to have a coffee / tea. Ich hätte gerne einen Kaffee / Tee.
May I have the bill, please. Ich hätte gerne die Rechnung.
How much is…? Wieviel kostet…?
Are you open (tomorrow)? Haben Sie (morgen) geöffnet?
Where can I find a doctor? Wo finde ich einen Arzt?


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