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Useful apps

Having the correct information available when you need it is priceless. Here are some apps that can make your life easier in Germany

Integration

  • Integreat app – Digital Intergration platform

Residence

  • Ausweisapp2 – Use it to identify yourself online with your electronic residence permit 

Mobility

  • DB Navigator – Deutsche Bahn  Navigator
  • DB App – Deutsche Bahn main app
  • Local public transport app e.g HVV for Hamburg or VVS for Stuttgart
  • Bicycle hire apps like StadtRAd Hamburg
  • Mobility apps for a taxi, E-Roller, E-Scooter, carsharing e.g Free Now or Reach Now
  • mobiLet – parking payment app

Outdoor and sport

  • Komoot – Routes for hiking, running and cycling
  • Strava. Join the South Africans in Germany Group
  • Alltrails – Routes for hiking, running and cycling
  • Outdooractive –  portal for outdoor activities
  • Hiking and tour apps in your region e.g Tours in BW

Maps

  • Offi directions – public transport 
  • HereWeGo (downloadable maps)
  • Google Maps

Medical

  • Doclib – search and book appointments. You can also search for English speaking providers
  • Jameda – app to rate and rank medical professionals

Weather and warnings

  • DWD App – Deutscher Wetterdienst
  • Nina warn app – Natural disasters and general warnings
  • Power outages – see where there are current power outages

Entertainment

  • Spotted by locals
  • Open Table – Restaurant bookings
  • Eventim – Concerts etc
  • Lieferheld and Lieferando for food deliveries
  • Radiobox – Worldwide radio station streaming
  • PressReader Inc. – Access to all publications as a member of the local public library. Many German newspapers and magazines but also worldwide, including South African and Afrikaans.

Translators and language

  • Leo Translator
  • Deepl Translator
  • Dict – excellent German/English Dictionary
  • Google translate, can also translate text on photos
  • Alle Deutschen Wörterbücher – one app with all the different German dictionaries
  • See our Where to learn German page for more apps

Shopping

Most shops like C & A, Bonprix, Peek & Cloppenburg, and Rewe have their own apps

  • About you – Clothing
  • Zalando – Clothing, shoes, accesories and more
  • Amazon
  • Klarna for online payments
  • DHL GLS or DPD for deliveries
  • ShopApotheke or Doc Morris for medication
  • Rebuy for second-hand shopping
  • Hello Fresh for weekly ingredients delivered to you for meal preparation 
  • Payback – for points collecting and discounts
  • YouPickIt – shows deals of the day at local shops. You can compare prices
  • Vinted – Buy and sell second hand clothes
  • Momox – Buy and sell second hand items
  • Groupon – Discount vouchers

Travel

  • Airline apps like Lufthansa or Eurowings
  • Booking.com app for hotel etc bookings
  • Airbnb – Accomodation
  • Momondo flight search and comparison app
  • Moovit for maps, it also shows bus information
  • Fuelflash – compare fuel prices in your area
  • Parkopedia – find parking spots
  • Flush app –  Find a restroom
  • Rome2Rio – handy app to find different ways of getting to your destination

Covid related

  • Corona Warn app
  • Covpass for digital vaccine certificates
  • Darf ich das – what are the current rules
  • Re-open EU – Covid rules within the EU

Communication, social and community

  • Threema, Signal or Whatsapp
  • Discord – There is a South Africans in Germany group that you can join
  • Nebenan – neighbourhood community
  • Familywall – use it to keep a shopping list: each in the family can contribute to the lists
  • Internations – International communities
  • We also have a webpage with a list of South African communities in Germany

Money transfers

Please read about Foreign Exchange on the following pages ZAR to EUR and  EUR to ZAR

  • Xoom or Paypal
  • Worldremit
  • XE – currency converter. Please not that there is a buying and selling rate for Forex. Most apps shows an average

Financial

  • Many banks have mobile apps, see your bank’s website for more information
  • Most medical aid companies have mobile apps where you can submit your claims, and see your documentation

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