Short & Sweet

In Germany you can move around freely – in the big cities and in the countryside.

The police are reliable and available around the clock.

There is no reason to be overly worried about criminality in Germany. You can move about freely through German villages or large cities, day or night, without taking special safety precautions. Of course, Germany does have its share of crime. Therefore, you shouldn’t take any unnecessary risks – like walking alone through dark streets or in the woods at night time.

The police can help

German police are trustworthy and provide reliable assistance. The police patrol German cities on foot, by bike, motorcycle and car (or “Streifenwagen” as they’re called in Germany).

Police car
Police car © DAAD/contentküche

110 – How to reach the police

Other contact partners

The police are not the only ones who can assist foreign students in emergencies. Almost every country in the world maintains an embassy or consulate in Germany. If you run into problems, you can contact an official representative from your home country.

You can find more information on the website of the

And don’t hesitate to contact the staff at the International Office if you have any questions regarding personal safety or other problems.

German Reichstag in Berlin
German Reichstag in Berlin© DAAD/contentküche


You can reach the police from any phone in Germany by dialling the toll-free number 110.

The International Office can also help with questions about personal safety – as can the embassy and consulates from your home country.