The most common form of internet connection in Germany is DSL, although there are other internet providers who offer cable and fibre optic connections. Prices vary according to your provider and internet speed.
Signing up for a package is easy and can usually be done online. If you are renting, you may be able to take over the previous tenant's contract. If you have bought your own house, you will probably need to set up a new connection, which means you may have to wait up to two weeks for your router to be delivered and / or a technician to open your line.
Internet providers in Germany
Here's a list of internet companies in Germany:
Internet package comparison sites
Changing internet provider
German internet contracts will usually automatically renew upon their expiry. If you wish to cancel your contract or change provider, most companies require three months’ notice. The simplest method of changing provider is to let your new company handle it: once you take out a new contract with them, they will terminate your previous contract and ensure a smooth transition.
Minimum contract periods
Be aware that it is common for German internet providers to offer packages based on a minimum contract period (Mindestvertraglaufzeit). If you are only staying in Germany for a short period of time (e.g. if you are studying for a semester and renting student accommodation), make sure you select a contract with no minimum duration (ohne Mindestlaufzeit).