Communications are vital in any city. Here is some essential information about phones, Internet and the postal service in Munich.
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.
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, BASE, O2, T-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&1, Congstar, Blau and Simyo.
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.