In Germany, you need a bank account – ideally a Girokonto (current account). You can use this account to pay your rent by bank transfer or receive your salary and other benefits. You can open an account at the bank of your choice. Get some advice: some banks charge a monthly Kontoführungsgebühr (account fee). Ask the bank about their charges.
What should I take with me?
To open a bank account, you need your identity card, passport and/or residence permit.
- Tip: Please note that there may be fees if you withdraw money from another bank. It is a good idea to ask the bank at which other banks you can withdraw money free-of-charge.
- Please report your new address to the bank if you move to a new apartment.