International callers from around the world must use the proper instructions for connecting to the international network of phone lines. The instructions change based upon both the calling and receiving countries of an international call. Callers wishing to dial Germany must first make an international connection by using the local country’s exit code. After establishing a connection to the international network, the caller must then use the Germany country code. Finally, the caller must dial the area code and phone number of the local German telephone. Assuming all codes are used in the proper sequence, international callers can successfully connect to landlines and cell phones in Germany.
Dial the local country’s exit code to start the international dialing process. If you do not know your country’s exit code, you can easily look it up by using the codes page on the HowToCallAbroad website (see Sources). When calling from the United States, you would use “011” whether dialing Germany or any other country. In other words, the exit code is constant regardless of the country receiving the international call. But the code may differ by country. Thus, you should have a copy of all the exit codes if traveling across borders. This will assist you in the event that you have a problem getting Internet access while on your trip.
Always dial the exit code first. After that, proceed with the next steps in sequential order.
Germany has a country code of “49.” What this means is that you will always enter “49” after your country’s exit code regardless of your location. This is also a fixed number and never changes. As an example, let’s say you are in the UK and would like to dial Germany. You would follow the steps below to complete your exit and country codes:
1. Dial “00.” This is the UK exit code.
2. Dial “49.” This is the Germany country code.
Having connected to Germany, you then simply dial to Germany with the same area code and phone number that you would use to make a domestic call in Germany. Make sure you have both of these numbers, as the system is a bit more complicated than usual in Germany. For example, area codes can contain as many as five digits and phone numbers can contain as little as three and as many as nine digits.
When dialing a cell phone in Germany, you follow the same exit-code and country-code procedures. However, you generally dial “1” and the rest of the cell-phone number after those initial codes.
HowToCallAbroad’s International Dialing Codes Page