How to Call Germany From the United States

By Techwalla Electronics Editor

Although many people visit Germany for its medieval castles, remote alpine meadows, and beer festivals, its phone system is one-hundred percent 21st century. Connections from the United States to Germany are typically reliable and of high quality.

Things You'll Need

  • Telephone Calling Cards
  • Telephones
  • Travel Guides
  • Maps
  • Clocks
  • Foreign Language Phrase Books

Step 1

Determine what time it is in Germany. Germany is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, which means it is 6 hours later in Germany than it is on the East Coast of the United States, and 9 hours later than it is on the West Coast.

Step 2

Dial 011, the international access code.

Step 3

Dial 49, the German country code.

Step 4

Drop the 0 from the city code. Some city codes for major cities in Germany include 030 for Berlin, 069 for Frankfurt, 06221 for Heidelberg, 0711 for Stuttgart and 089 for Munich.

Step 5

Dial the remaining digits.

Tips & Warnings

  • Calling between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. or on weekends will often cost up to 50 percent less than calling during business hours. Call your long-distance carrier to find out which hours are cheapest to call internationally with your long-distance plan.
  • If you're having problems getting through, dial 00 for the international operator and ask him or her to place the call.
  • If you're calling from a pay phone, you'll need to have a calling card or charge the call to a credit card - you won't be able to feed the phone with coins fast enough to keep yourself connected. Follow the instructions printed on the phone for placing the call.