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does anyone of you know how and where I can download postal area districts of Germany in shape files (download free of charge if possible).

best regards desputin

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A more recent shapefile can be found here:


Licensing same as Openstreetmap, where the data comes from.

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the zip-code from Arnulf 1999 is too old, i was used this file but it was wrong - for 5digits - i check with this svg - map http://www.maps4office.com/interaction-svg-maps/ - and level 8 (zip-code) was right.

my german is not good but i change to DE: http://www.maps4office.de/shop-detail/deutschland-citymarker/citymarker-de-postleitzahlen-fuenfstellig/ and the map is from 2014 ... but it's not free

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Arnulf Christl's personal website arnulf.us, which contains the description of his public domain dataset of German postal codes, is unavailable at the moment. You can find an archived version at the Wayback Machine.

The dataset itself can be downloaded from the website of Arnulf's company Metaspatial (alternatively, there's a snapshot at archive.org).

A different dataset is a GeoJSON file of postal codes extracted from OpenStreetMap by the German company Folge 3. It's a bit patchy, and not quality controlled (it includes some Spanish postal code areas, for example).

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You find a dowload here : http://arnulf.us/PLZ However, the data is from 1999 and I'm not sure if it still is up-to-date.

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Thanks, I used this data and it looks fine so far. –  desputin May 10 '12 at 12:23
Arnulf did a nice job back then and as far as I can tell it's the only freely available dataset. But there are many changes , although minor, changes to the postal area geometries every year. But on a small scale you should be fine. –  Crischan May 19 '12 at 17:02
The url is not responding. Any other sources? –  user10885 Oct 11 '12 at 7:04

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