Parking in Germany

Find out about the rules and regulations regarding parking on streets and car parks in Germany...

Parking in a prohibited zone is punishable by a fine. Some streets are designated parking areas for residents only (Anwohnerparken or Anliegerfrei). Residents' permits must be applied for at the local town hall.

Always park facing the same direction as the traffic on one-way streets.

Some parking areas require a parking disc (Parkscheibe), available from filling stations. The disc must be visible under the windscreen and show the time of arrival.

Some pay car parks (Parkschein) provide a ticket or plastic coin on entry. This must be inserted into a pay machine (usually located near pedestrian exits to the car park) prior to leaving and payment made.

An illegally parked vehicle will be towed and a trip to the local police station will be necessary to recover it. Persistent parking offenders will receive points on their licence.

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Parking: people with disabilities

Parking for disabled persons (Behinderte) is usually signposted and requires an official permit. The blue badge is a standardised European Community disabled person's parking permit which provides parking entitlements to badge holders in all complying European countries - a blue badge from one country is valid in another. A person coming to Germany from another EU country can apply in their home country for this universal badge which allows the use of reserved parking. Badges can be obtained from a local district office.