You can park for a maximum of 60 minutes free of charge in the 'blue zones', as they are called. Plus the rest of the half hour already begun. The clock on the mandatory parking disc must be set to the next half-hour mark after the time when you park. In a 'blue zone', you do not need a parking disc from 6.00 pm until 7.59 am.
Blue parking space
In the so-called "Blue Zone" you can park for free for one hour. Plus the half hour already started. Vehicles may be parked in the Blue Zone for one hour on weekdays and Saturdays between 08:00 and 11:30 and between 13:30 and 18:00. On Sundays and public holidays no parking disc is required. Since the parking disc is to be set to the half hour following the actual arrival time, the vehicle can be parked for longer than the allowed hour. At best, up to 29 minutes longer.
Example: Arrival 10:01, the parking disc can be set to 10:30 and you can park until 11:30. The obligatory parking disc must be set to the next half-hour mark. From 6:00 pm to 7:59 am you do not need a parking disc in the "Blue Zone".
White parking space
You can park in the white parking spaces in cities for a limited period, in return for a charge. Permitted parking times and charges can vary greatly, so you must pay attention to the roadside signage.
Further parking possibilities
Covered parking facilities are often available in cities, near tourist attractions and at airports. Charges must normally be paid for their use. If you park your car for a lengthy period, covered parking facilities (which have the advantage of video monitoring) are advisable. If you are interested in parking facilities at specific locations such as shopping malls or hotels, you can consult the relevant websites for information.