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Interesting facts about postcodes in Germany

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Who does not remember the year 1993, when the familiar 4-digit postcodes were converted into new 5-digit postcodes? Suddenly everything was different: individual streets were given different postcodes along their length, even individual buildings were given different postcodes depending on the side entrance and you could no longer remember the postcodes of friends or known places. Why was there this change in postcodes and why do you need the postcode system at all? What exactly is a zip code and how is it made up? How do I search for a postcode and where do incorrectly addressed letters go? All of these questions need an answer, because only with the right postcode will the post really get off the ground!

unfoldclose What is a zip code?

unfoldclose What is a zip code?

A postcode (abbreviation postcode) is a combination of numbers or letters / numbers within postal addresses on letters, parcels or small parcels that delimits the delivery location. Postal codes began in the German Reich in 1941 as two-digit postal code areas and initially only applied to parcel and parcel service, from 1944 these postal code areas also applied to letter traffic. Later in the Federal Republic and in the GDR there was a change to separate postcode systems. However, both postcode control systems were replaced in 1993 by a five-digit postcode system developed by the Deutsche Bundespost for the reunified Germany. In addition to the postcodes for geographical delivery areas, there are now separate postcodes for bulk recipients and postcodes for PO boxes. Deutsche Post AG, the successor to the Bundespost, is responsible for assigning new postcodes.

unfoldclose Where does the zip code come from?

unfoldclose Where do postcodes come from?

With the help of ring number stamps, the administration of the Thurn-und-Taxis-Post made it possible for the first time in 1853 to recognize places from a region by a range of numbers. Since this was very helpful with the delivery, Germany was then divided into large areas, regional areas and local areas in 1917 in order to arrive at a meaningful organizational scheme. From 1941 a two-digit postcode system was introduced, which was replaced by an independent four-digit postcode system in 1962 in the Federal Republic of Germany and in 1965 in the GDR. The current five-digit postcode system was introduced in 1993 and still has the same purpose as it was then: to facilitate the delivery of mail to the respective location in a specific region using a range of numbers.

unfoldclose Why is there a postcode?

unfoldclose Why is there a postcode?

The postcode system was introduced during the Second World War. During the war, the volume of mail through field post and, above all, field post parcels increased enormously. Most of the experienced postal workers who sorted the items had already been drafted into the Wehrmacht and replaced by inexperienced mail sorters and foreign workers with insufficient geographical knowledge, which led to a significant increase in delivery times. On July 25, 1941, the Reich Ministry of Post announced the introduction of "parcel routing areas". These initially only applied to the parcel service. There were 24 parcel control centers with sub-control centers that were numbered consecutively. The areas generally corresponded to the district division and thus also to the administrative districts. These were identified by two-digit, numeric postcodes, for example 21 for the province of Westphalia. In October 1943 there was an instruction for the letter distribution service that the system with the generally binding introduction of 32 routing areas would also apply to civil postal traffic. This helpful division of the Reichspost was still valid after the end of the Second World War and the two-digit postcodes continued to exist in the four occupation zones of Germany. There were some minor changes, but even after the founding of the Federal Republic and the GDR in 1949, the old postcodes continued to apply with slight adjustments to the respective national borders. It became problematic in the 1950s when fewer and fewer letter writers kept to the postcodes. Only every third shipment had the postal area code in the address. This even led to the fact that in the area of ​​the Federal Post Office there were considerations to completely dispense with postcodes. In the mid-1950s, however, the situation had become obsolete due to the imminent automation of the letter distribution service and a new system of postal code numbers was being considered. Such a postal code system was developed for the parcel service in 1956. Each independent office, along with its branch post offices and post offices, received an office code. After the postal reform of 1959, this also applied to post offices and post offices. This postal code system was replaced on April 1, 1964 by the four-digit postal code that was valid until 1993.

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unfoldclose What do postcodes say?

Postal codes have a certain statement that the normal observer should certainly not understand at first glance. The postcodes can be divided into different categories. The most common type of postcode is the postcode, followed by the home delivery postcode, which is common to the vast majority of postal users. Large recipients either receive their own postcode from Swiss Post or share it with other large recipients. Promotion postcodes are used for certain mostly one-off promotions by large recipients, such as postal votes and competitions. There are also some special regulations for postcodes, one of which concerns the postcodes of the field post. Originally, their guide numbers were randomly arranged in order to disguise the location of a unit in an emergency. However, with the end of the Cold War this had become unnecessary. Nevertheless, the field post used its own numbering system until 2004. Since January 1, 2005, the field post has also switched to an orderly system, so that since then the field post number can be used to identify the deployment. Since that date, for example, post without a number has been valid for the special field post offices in Germany such as the Kieler Woche, 1111 for the special field post office on the open day in the Ministry of Defense and 6410-6419 for the EUFOR mission in Bosnia. Another new and unusual feature of postcodes is the 0 as the leading digit in postcodes. For example, the postcode 03253 belongs to the twin town Doberlug-Kirchhain in the south of Brandenburg in the Elbe-Elster district and the postcode 04936 belongs to the places Lebusa, Fichtwald and Hohenbucko as well as to the municipal parts of Schlieben and Kremnitzaue.

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unfoldclose How are postcodes made up?

The first digit of the five-digit postcodes denotes the zone, the second digit of the postcodes the region, which is why the first two digits of the postcodes are often called the postcode region or routing region. Usually they are continuously counterclockwise from the central location, starting in the south. The postcode areas that have the same two initial digits are summarized in the postcode regions. Most of the time, the Post operates one of the 82 mail centers in the routing regions, ten of these centers are responsible for two routing regions each. Within these routing regions, between 20 and 200 numbers are assigned for routing areas, in which each municipality is assigned a number range, starting with the main town of the routing area. Then it was distributed partly according to the number of inhabitants, partly alphabetically. In the number range of a municipality, the lowest numbers are assigned for post warehouse issues (PO boxes), the numbers afterwards for large recipients and the highest numbers for delivery districts. Routing areas are important for the delivery of bulk mail such as Infopost. The history of the municipality of Körner in Thuringia is certainly an exception. It has the postcode 99998, which was changed to postcode 99999 on 9.9.1999 until the end of the year. Overall, the routing regions in the new five-digit system are based on the former four-digit West German postcode system, so that in most metropolitan areas the first digit or the first two digits of the postcode are identical to the old postcode. In the old system, the first digit of the postcode also stood for the routing zone. Only eight large cities in the Federal Republic had single-digit postcodes: 1 Berlin, 2 Hamburg, 3 Hanover, 4 Düsseldorf, 5 Cologne, 6 Frankfurt am Main, 7 Stuttgart and 8 Munich. However, like many other places, these still required the postcode to be specified after the place name in addition to the postcode. The second digit of the zip code stood for the control room. The number in the third digit of the postcodes indicated a routing area node office and the fourth number the delivery post office. In the case of smaller towns, this could mean that different smaller towns often had the same postcodes. In the new postcode system, however, in contrast to the old postcode system, the delivery districts are integrated into the postcodes

unfoldclose How long has the postcode existed as we know it today?

unfoldclose How long has the postcode existed?

In the unified Germany two four-digit postcode systems existed since 1990. Out of a total of 5420 postcodes, 3400 postcodes were in the west traffic area and 2020 postcodes in the east traffic area. Therefore, in postal traffic with the other traffic area, an "O-" for "Verkehrsgebiet Ost" (for example O-2300 Stralsund) or a "W-" for "Verkehrsgebiet West" (for example W-2300 Kiel) was closed in front of each postcode to maintain the uniqueness until a new permanent postal code system is available. The proposal to change only the 802 postcodes, which had been assigned twice, and to otherwise leave everything unchanged for the postcodes, was rejected, especially since deficiencies in the West German postcode system had already become apparent in the 1980s, which were within the framework of the five-digit Solution should be fixed. These deficiencies in the postcode system consisted mainly in the fact that the postal automation and letter sorting made it impossible to pre-sort large mail recipients or parts of the city. That is why the board of directors of Deutsche Bundespost Postdienst decided on October 24, 1991 for a completely new five-digit postcode system. For this purpose, the experience of other European postal administrations with such a postcode system was sought: France, the Netherlands and above all Sweden. Another reason for the introduction of the five-digit postcodes was the automation of the mail distribution. With the introduction of the new postcode system, the basis for the letter centers was created, with which letters could be fed to the deliverers in just two sorting aisles. Large recipients could now also receive their own postcodes and the five-digit postcode system also enables sufficient reserves of postcodes. New bulk recipients, new PO box cabinets or new development areas can be easily integrated into the postcode system. For this purpose, there is at least one, but usually several unoccupied postcodes between the sequential postcode numbers for the post office box cabinets and the next occupied postcode. In total, around 30,000 postcodes of the theoretically possible 100,000 postcodes are used in Germany today, while the rest of the postcodes serve as a reserve.

unfoldclose How do I search for a zip code?

unfoldclose How do I search for a zip code?

If you want to send a letter or a parcel and only know the street or the place of the addressee, but not the postcode, there are several ways to find out this postcode. With the postcode search from Das Telefonbuch you can easily search for a street or a place and find the postcode. A cartographic view of the postcodes is also integrated in a dynamic map. If you do not have online access, you can of course still use the well-known postal code directory. This appeared for the first time when, with the introduction of postcodes, it became necessary to publish a corresponding postcode directory in which the regions and the corresponding locations are shown with the associated postcodes. The Bundespost also offered postcode cards in DIN A 0 format for 5 DM, a CD-ROM for 200 DM and microfiches for 5 DM each. When the postcodes were introduced at the beginning of the 1940s, this postcode directory was only 64 pages thin, but in 1993 the volume with the five-digit postcodes grew to 994 pages. This postcode book was also previously distributed to households free of charge; it now costs 6.95 euros.

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unfoldclose Why do I need a zip code?

Letters should always be addressed with a zip code and a place in order to guarantee safe delivery. This is due to the fact that in the systematic of the postal code system the term "municipality" is not based on the organizational unit, but is to be understood in a figurative sense. The boundaries in the sense of the postcode are very often, but not always, based on the political-organizational municipal boundaries. A zip code can also go beyond the boundaries of the district. For example the zip code 04936. As a zip code, it covers parts of the Elbe-Elster district as well as the Teltow-Fläming district. A total of 281 postcodes cross district boundaries, 21 of which even cross federal state borders. Unambiguous addressing and error-free delivery are therefore not always possible without specifying the municipality name. So there is e.g. B. the street "Im Feld" in 52525 Heinsberg, as well as in 52525 Waldfeucht.

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unfoldclose What if the zip code is wrong?

In Germany, tens of thousands of parcels are sent and delivered every day. Of course, mistakes happen there. However, if postcodes are incorrectly stated on packages, the shipment will not be lost due to the incorrect postcode. If the postcode number does not just have a twisted number at the end, but e.g. instead of postcode 12345 the postcode 54321 is on the package, it will be forwarded to the address determination in Bamberg. The employees there find out the recipient in 99.8% of the cases of wrong postcodes and send it on to them with the correct postcode. This means that the parcel usually arrives at its correct destination in around 2 days longer. If the recipient cannot be found on the basis of the address on the package, the package may also be opened in order to obtain information on the recipient based on the contents. Therefore, a copy of the address should always be placed on top of the contents of the package, as legibly as possible. If this doesn't help either, it will be returned to the sender. Accordingly, the sender's address, especially the zip code, should always be clearly legible on the package.
If a parcel was sent by a parcel service rather than the Deutsche Post, the parcel company will also try to deliver the parcels on which the postcode is incorrectly stated. In the case of smaller cities and towns, it can be assumed that parcels can be delivered without any problems despite incorrect postal codes, as most street names are only assigned once. If the postcode is on a parcel that is on its way to a larger city, there are several ways to correct the parcel data. In the case of parcel services such as Hermes, a telephone number must be given when the parcel is handed over, under which the sender can be reached.If the parcel is in the destination parcel center but cannot be delivered due to the wrong postcode, these parcel services will contact the sender by telephone. If parcels with the wrong postcodes were sent with DHL, you can either correct the postcode information using the contact form or contact customer service by phone. In any case, it is always important to keep the posting receipt. Only on this receipt is the parcel number with which the parcel services can correct scanned shipments with incorrect postcodes. If parcels with the wrong postcode cannot be delivered, they will be returned by the contracted parcel service provider after a few days and, in case of doubt, the delivery fee must be paid again.

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