Postcrossing in Lower Saxony

Hi all, our local newspaper informs today about postcrossing.

See hear:

It is written in german language…

Best regards and keep calm.


That’s a nice piece & great pictures too!

Leider schon 2 Jahre alt der Artikel, aber sehr interessant. Vielen Dank für teilen!!!

Today’s printed article…
Rgs Beate

Hello Beate and welcome to Postcrossing. Thank you for sharing the article, its interesting to read and learn about the German enthusiasts who send all these cards.
I used to live in Niedersachsen so I know where Hanover is :smiley:
Many greetings from sunny Edinburgh
Vicky :sunny:

Here is a Google translation of the original article:

Around the world
Write postcards out of longing for strangers’ greetings

05:08 07/26/2018

From the German press agency dpa

Out of fashion or cult? Writing a postcard is actually no longer necessary these days. But some even turn it into a hobby: postcrossing. A prolific writer tells.


Nowadays, many holidaymakers no longer send a postcard from vacation, but rather real-time greetings on Facebook. Or a message via Whatsapp. According to Deutsche Post, it transported around 195 million postcards in 2017.

In 2014 there were 210 million cards. Writing cards is becoming less common. But there is also a real counter-movement. Sometimes the post office box is full, sometimes a new set of stamps is needed: Sven van Kempen visits the local post office more often than most - he is a Postcrosser.

The online platform was founded in 2005. When registering, the user gives their own name and an address to which other postcards should be sent. After registration, a postcrosser is selected to whom the user should send a card. At the same time you get an identification number. Each correspondence receives a new, unique ID.

Then you can start: select the card, write and send. As soon as the postcard has arrived, the recipient confirms this using the ID on the website. The correspondence is then deemed to have been successfully completed. The sender then becomes the recipient, and so the card writing goes on and on.

Van Kempen’s first card didn’t have far: it went to the Netherlands. A few months passed before he had the first 100 cards. Today he receives around 100 cards a month. A total of around 3000 pieces have now arrived at his place. Classic car fans will be particularly pleased with the latest copy: The card from America with a picture of six old Chevrolet Corvettes.

With almost 6.8 million cards sent, Germany is the leading postcrossing nation. The platform has around 51,000 users in this country. The hardest-working of them has already sent almost 25,000 copies. If dozens of cards are bought and sent every month, it costs. "In the last five years, several thousand euros would have to be paid

Postcrossing has flowed ", estimates van Kempen.

What some vacationers have asked themselves: Can the transport time be accelerated? Unfortunately not, confirms Alexander Edenhofer, spokesman for DHL.

In general, the following applies when sending postcards from vacation: The address must be clearly legible. Deutsche Post recommends entering the destination in capital letters and, if possible, in the local language. In addition, the name of the destination country should be written in capital letters in German, French or English in the last line below the location.

Of course, the postcard must also be franked correctly. The high of
Postage costs depend on the country from which the card is sent. At Deutsche Post, the price for a card abroad is 0.90 euros. Anyone who sends a card from Mallorca to Germany currently pays 1.35 euros from the Spanish service provider Correos. “Otherwise, the transit times are primarily based on the distance,” says Edenhofer.

Sure, sending greetings via Whatsapp or Facebook is faster and cheaper. But for Sven van Kempen this is out of the question: “A card like this is something tangible, and I’ll still be holding it in my hands in 20 years and looking at it.”