Phone, Internet, Post in Munich

Communications are vital in any city. Here is some essential information about phones, Internet and the postal service in Munich.

Post

If you are looking for a post office in Munich, there is only one address you need. Deutsche Post has an excellent location finder service, where you can locate anything from your nearest post office to the closest letterbox to your area. The site is in English, and includes helpful maps how to reach your nearest required postal service. Visit the site here

Phone

The German country code is +49.

Choosing the right phone package for short or long-term packages, can be a little confusing, and the rates and offers do change often. A very good place to check out the latest offers (although it is only in German) is this website, which lists all the latest phone and Internet offers. 

The phone market in Germany is dominated by four main providers, BASEO2T-Mobile and Vodafone, who are also known as the Netzbetrieber. Various other companies rent space from these main providers, and often have more competitive deals. Ones worth checking out included 1&1CongstarBlau and Simyo

Internet

Getting online in Munich as a visitor is not as easy as one might think, although things are improving. While some bars, cafes and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi, many do not, and if this is important to you, then it is best to check in advance. The good news is that there are a growing number of free hotspts in key central positions in the city, such as Marienplatz. Look out for the M-WLAN network. You must then accept the terms and conditions of the network, after which access is unlimited. 

A VERY useful map of free WiFi hotspots in Munich is provided in this article

Review:
Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (www.croatia-split.com), Total Hvar (www.total-hvar.com) and Total Inland Dalmatia (www.total-inland-dalmatia.com), as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on info@total-munich.com or visit my main writing website, www.bossandblogger.com 

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