Pharmacies and pharmacy emergency services

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As a rule, in Germany you can only buy medicine in a pharmacy. The pharmacists are highly trained professionals who will advise you on the medication and how to take it. Medication which is freely available in other countries may require a doctor’s prescription here in Germany. For example, if you need antibiotics, this must be prescribed by a doctor. At the pharmacy you will get the medication specified in the prescription. You always have to pay an add-on, a minimum of 5 EUR.

If you need medicine at night or during the weekend, there is a pharmacy emergency service that will tell you which pharmacy near you is open. Do an online search for “Apothekennotdienst“ or go to or