The most important numbers for emergencies

In Germany, there are various emergency numbers that always work everywhere—regardless of which city or town you happen to be in. A very detailed overview can be found on the website of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Interior.
112: With this number—without prefix—you can reach the rescue service and the fire department in case of medical emergencies, accidents or fires. 112 is also the emergency number in other European countries.
110: In an emergency, you can reach the police under this number. It is valid regardless of whether you call from a cell phone or a landline. However, it is reserved for real emergencies. For example, if you want to report the theft of your bicycle, you must call the nearest police station. The number can be found on the Internet or in the phone book.
116117: This number can be used to reach the medical on-call service around the clock. This is especially important when doctors’ offices are closed: that is, at night or on weekends. The control center is always the point of contact when the illness is not life-threatening, but the patient cannot wait until the doctor’s offices open again. The staff provide information on the best person to contact, alert a doctor to come to the house if necessary, or provide information on where the next practice on standby duty is located. The 116117 number also helps people find an appointment with a doctor or psychotherapist.


Polizei, Feuerwehr und andere Hilfs- und Rettungsdienste sind über die Notfallnummern erreichbar. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Martin Klaus.






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