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Once you have seen a doctor (Arzt) and have a prescription (Rezept) to be filled, you will need to go to a pharmacy or chemist (Apotheke). The amount you pay for your prescription will depend upon your medical insurance coverage.

Your pharmacist can also recommend treatments for ailments that aren’t quite worth a visit to the doctor — common cold, bug bites etc.

Pharmacies are open during normal business hours. Click here to find an after-hours or emergency pharmacy (Apotheken Notdienst) in Karlsruhe. There will be a surcharge of €2,50 for prescriptions filled after hours.

Don’t confuse an Apotheke with a Drogerie which is more like a corner shop for toiletries and household items as well as magazines, chocolate and other essentials.