The German Speaking World

Germany - Austria - Switzerland


Allianz - A large banking and insurance company

Bank Austria - Bank Austria merged with Creditanstalt to form Austria's largest state-owned bank - part of the UniCredit Group.

Bayerische Landesbank (Bayern LB) is an international bank based in Munich.

Bundesverband Deutscher Banken - The German banking association

Citibank Deutschland - This U.S. bank had a big presence in Germany, but is now French-owned.

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank is Germany's largest.

Dresdner Bank


ING - DiBa

L-Bank is the Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg, headquartered in Karlsruhe. In German or English.

LBS Bausparkasse is one of Germany's largest savings and loan institutions.

UBS - Union Bank of Switzerland - English

UBS - Switzerland - In English and several other languages. See their nice page about Switzerland and the euro.

WestLB is the short name of the Westdeutscher Landesbank.

Wüstenrot is a well-known German savings and loan institution (building society).


Gelbe Seiten - The "Yellow Pages" from Deutsche Telekom can link you to business in Germany.

List of companies of Germany (Wikipedia)

Airlines serving Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.


Adidas is a German company.

AOL Deutschland - The German division of AOL.

Apple Computer - Deutschland/Österreich - So you want an iMac that speaks German? Think different.

Audi is a division of Volkswagen AG.


Beck's Beer

Bertelsmann Media - owns RTL and Random House

Blaupunkt makes more than car radios. (English and German)

BMW Deutschland

BMW Worldwide

Breitling - Swiss timepieces.

Budget Rent A Car goes by the name Sixt Autovermietung in Germany.

Compaq Deutschland

Canon Deutschland

CompuServe Deutschland

Cosmos Direkt sells life insurance without the middleman. (Cosmos Lebensversicherung-AG)

Daimler AG - No longer Daimler + Chrysler

Deutsche Krankenversicherung - DKV is Germany's top private health insurance company.

Deutscher Paketdienst (DPD) - DPD is the biggest German competitor for UPS. Select a one of several languages.

Deutsche Telekom AG - Germany's privatized telephone company - in English or German.

DHL is owned by Deutsche Posts AG

e plus mobil - Telefonieren mit dem Handy. More about cell phones in Germany!

e-on energy (power/gas)

FedEx Germany - In German or English.

Ford has been in Germany so long, some Germans think it's a German company! - Heinrich Ford?

Franz Schneider Brakel GmbH is a maker of door handles (Türklinken)

Giel GmbH - Architektur und Ingenieurleistungen

Giel Frankfurt GmbH is an online site promoting various products from many companies.

Haniel has been in business well over 200 years!

Hewlett-Packard Germany - HP Deutschland - auf Deutsch.

Hewlett-Packard Worldwide - Pick a country.

Hoechst Chemicals in English or German.

IBM Austria (German or English)

IBM Deutschland (German or English)

IBM Global Select a country!

Langenscheidt - Foreign language dictionaries and reference books from this well-known German publisher.

Leica Camera AG has long tradition of German craftsmanship. (English and German)

MAN is a German truck manufacturer. (English and German)

Mercedes-Benz is a division of DaimlerChrysler.

Mitsubishi Motors Germany

Omega is a Swiss maker of fine chronographs. Since 1848.

Opel (Adam Opel AG) is the German division of General Motors. Since 1899.

Porsche - Select "Deutsch" if you want to see the German version -- or a specific country.

Riedel Crystal offers fine Austrian lead crystal - since 1756. (English and German)

Rolex is a Swiss maker of fine watches.

SAP is a very successful Walldorf, Germany software firm (near Munich). Their R/3 software is used by over 7,000 companies world-wide.

Sharp Electronics Europe

Siemens (Global) in English or German.

Siemens (USA) in English.

Swarovski crystal from Austria. Daniel Swarovski founded his company in Tyrol in 1895. In German or English.

ThyssenKrupp - heavy industry, steel

UPS - The US shipping giant, has a big presence in Europe.

Victorinox - The original Swiss Army Knives

Volkswagen AG (VW Germany)


AUMA is the German Trade Fair Association (Ausstellungs- und Messe-Ausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.)

Berlin's Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) (International Radio and Electronics Show) is held in August. In German or English.

CeBIT - Europe's largest home electronics show in Hanover, Germany.

Deutsche Messe AG - Hannover - Hanover's trade fair organization. In German or English.

Frankfurt's Book Fair (Buchmesse) fills nine large exhibit halls in October.

Leipziger Buchmesse - The Leipzig Book Fair is held in February.

Messe Friedrichshafen - Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance is home to several trade fairs.

Messe München International (MMI) - Munich Trade Fairs International (German or English)