German bank policy is one of the easiest when it comes to foreigners opening accounts. You’ll need to bring with you:
Most branches have at least one English-speaking employee. When you ask to open an account (ein konto eröffnen), a bank representative will assist you, in English, to complete paperwork, which is in German. You do not necessariarly need to make an appointment to open a bank account, however if an English speaking employee is not available and you require this assistance, you will be able to schedule a suitable time.
You will receive materials for your records as well as a “Welcome” brochure featuring the bank's services now available to you. You may receive a starter bank card, but your official card will be sent to you in the mail.
Bank customers typically have a friendly relationship with at least one customer service representative at their bank branch, and it is common to call him or her when you need services.