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The Low Down on German Currency



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Central Bank:

European Central Bank

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Bank notes:

€5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500


1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2

The official currency of Germany is the euro - abbreviated to EUR. 1 Euro is divided into 100 cents.

The euro has been the official currency of Germany since 2002, replacing the Deutsche mark of East and West Germany.

Germany had 8 currencies in circulation periodically throughout the 20th century including the Gold German mark, German Papiermark, German Rentenmark, Reichsmark, Saar mark, Saar franc, East German mark and the Deutsche mark.

The most commonly used bills for the euro are the 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 notes.

What to spend your euros on**:

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    Local bottle of beer

    3.50 EUR *

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    Affordable meal

    10 EUR *

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    Cup of coffee

    2.60 EUR *

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    Monthly train pass

    70 EUR *

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    Entry into Berghain

    15 EUR *

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Total spending money needed:

  • *A budget
  • *for people for
  • * nights


Must-sees in Germany

  • The Rhine Valley
  • The Rhine is not only the most beautiful waterway in Europe, but also the most important, stretching from Switzerland, through Germany and into the Netherlands. This majestic river is best experienced in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley; a 65km section that boasts over 40 castles and 60 picturesque medieval towns to explore.
  • The Black Forest
  • Located in the southwest corner of Germany, the Black Forest is a dark, densely wooded paradise and a hikers heaven. Lush valleys, magnificent waterfalls and icy peaks are accompanied by spa resorts and ski lodges to make for a robust trip into nature.
  • Berlin
  • Berlin is a fascinating place with a tumultuous history to back up its melting pot of cultural influences. Brutalism mixes with baroque in this urban mecca. Wander the Wall, party at Berghain, enjoy a currywurst in one of Berlin’s many wonderful parks.

Buying Euro online is easy

Order Euro online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Euro Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

FAQ Relating to German Currency

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  • What credit cards are accepted in Germany?

    Most credit cards are widely accepted in Germany with VISA™ and MasterCard™ being widely accepted in most outlets; and American Express and Diners are less widely so.

  • What is the symbol used for the euro?

    The symbol used for the euro is €, its code is EUR

  • What was the former currency of Germany?

    Prior to the euro, the official currency of Germany was the Deutsche mark.

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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.

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