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    Currency in Germany EUR - Things to know

    Foreign exchange guide to Germany and the Euro


    What currency is used in Germany?

    The official currency of Germany (country code: DE) is the Euro, with symbol and currency code EUR.

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    Things to know about the Euro

    The euro (ISO: EUR) is involved in slightly more than 30% of all foreign exchange deals, and as such, is the world’s second most traded currency, behind the US dollar.

    The euro is the currency of the eurozone (officially called the ‘euro area’), which consists of 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union, and is used by almost 350 million Europeans. It was introduced in January 1999.

    Of all the thousands of exchange rates that exist in the world, the euro-to-US dollar exchange rate is the most actively traded, or most ‘liquid’.

    Since its introduction, the euro’s lowest value against the dollar came in October 2000 when EUR/USD hit lows of 0.8231. The currency was strongest in July 2008, shortly before the worst stage of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, when EUR/USD reached 1.6038.

    There are currently more than twenty nations and territories which peg their currencies to the euro, the largest of which is Denmark.

    The euro banknotes and coins

    The Euro is issued in banknotes of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, and €500, and in coins of 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, €1, and €2.

    The banknotes feature images of historical and cultural figures from across the European Union, while the coins depict each member country's unique design. The design of the Euro banknotes and coins is intended to be easily identifiable and difficult to counterfeit.

    An example Euro banknote


    Travel money for Germany

    Save money and time by Ordering your Euro online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the EUR cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

    Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

    For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Euro otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


    Travel Ideas and Money Tips for Germany

    Germany is a country located in Central Europe, known for its rich culture, history, and landmarks. It is the most populous member state of the European Union and the second most populous country in Europe. Germany's capital and largest city is Berlin. The official language is German and the country has a federal parliamentary constitutional republic form of government.

    Germany is a popular tourist destination for its beautiful cities, landmarks, and natural scenery. Some popular tourist destinations include:

    1. Berlin: The capital city, known for its history, nightlife, and landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie.

    2. Munich: Known for its beer gardens, the famous Marienplatz, and the annual Oktoberfest beer festival.

    3. The Black Forest: A region known for its beautiful landscapes, outdoor activities and traditional cuckoo clocks

    4. The Romantic Road: A scenic route through southern Germany, known for its picturesque towns, medieval castles and beautiful countryside.

    5. Neuschwanstein Castle: a 19th-century palace that is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany, it is known for its beautiful architecture and picturesque setting.

    6. Heidelberg: A picturesque town known for its castle and beautiful Old Town.

    7. Hamburg: The second largest city in Germany, known for its port, its vibrant nightlife, and its famous Reeperbahn red-light district.

    8. The Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall Memorials as well as the Holocaust Memorial are also important sights in Germany that are must-see for visitors interested in the country's history.


    USD/EUR Market Data

    The below interactive chart displays the USD/EUR change and UP📈 DOWN📉 trends over the past 1 Year.

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      1 EUR = 1.0845 USD   (Inverse rate)
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What currency should I use in Germany?

    The domestic currency in Germany is the Euro.

    What is the Euro currency code and symbol?

    The three letter currency code for the Euro is EUR — symbol is .

    Which countries use the Euro?

    It is the domestic currency in    Eurozone,   Aaland Islands,   Andorra,   Austria,   Belgium,   Croatia,   Cyprus,   Estonia,   Finland,   France,   French Guinea,   French Southern Territories,   Germany,   Greece,   Guadeloupe,   Vatican City,   Ireland,   Italy,   Luxembourg,   Malta,   Martinique,   Mayotte,   Monaco,   Montenegro,   Netherlands,   Portugal,   Reunion,   Saint Barthelemy,   Saint Martin,   Saint Pierre and Miquelon,   San Marino,   Slovakia,   Slovenia and Spain.

    Is the Euro a closed currency?

    No, the Euro is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?

    What are equivalent amounts of USD and EUR?

    Here are some popular conversion amounts for USD to EUR (US dollar to Euro)*.

    $ 1 0.9221
    $ 5 4.6105
    $ 10 9.2210
    $ 20 18.44
    $ 50 46.11
    $ 100 92.21
    $ 250 230.53
    $ 500 461.05
    $ 1,000 922.10
    $ 2,000 1,844
    $ 5,000 4,611
    $ 10,000 9,221
    $ 20,000 18,442
    $ 50,000 46,105
    $ 100,000 92,210
    $ 1.0845 € 1
    $ 5.4225 € 5
    $ 10.85 € 10
    $ 21.69 € 20
    $ 54.23 € 50
    $ 108.45 € 100
    $ 271.13 € 250
    $ 542.25 € 500
    $ 1,085 € 1,000
    $ 2,169 € 2,000
    $ 5,423 € 5,000
    $ 10,845 € 10,000
    $ 21,690 € 20,000
    $ 54,225 € 50,000
    $ 108,450 € 100,000

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    *Converted at the current USDEUR interbank exchange rate. Calculate actual payout amounts for Send Money and Travel Money exchange rates.

    Send Money to Germany - Best Rates

    To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Germany you need to find and compare exchange rates for International Money Transfers (IMTs).

    The available FX rates for sending money abroad can be very different to the mid-market (wholesale) rate which you see reported online and in the News.

    You should especially compare your own bank's exchange rates to those available from Money Transfer specialists to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.

    Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Germany

    When sending money to Germany it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

    1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
    2. You specify the local or Euro amount you want to transfer
    3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
    4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted EUR amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Germany.

    Use the above calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Euro deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


    Expat Money & Business Guide to Germany

    Managing your money effectively while living and working abroad can be challenging, but there are several steps you can take to ensure that your finances are in order.

    By following these tips and managing your money effectively, you can reduce financial stress and enjoy your experience living or doing business in Germany.

    Being an expat in the Germany

    For expats, Germany is known for its high standard of living, excellent healthcare and education system, and strong economy. The country is also home to a diverse expat community, and major cities like Berlin and Frankfurt offer a vibrant international community. However, the cost of living in Germany can be relatively high, especially in major cities like Berlin and Munich. Germany's weather can be unpredictable and the country can be quite cold in the winter and quite hot in the summer, so you should be ready for the weather depending on the season.

    The language might be a barrier for some expats, as German is not widely spoken as a second language. However, in major cities like Berlin and Frankfurt, many people do speak English, but in rural or smaller towns, the knowledge of English may be limited.

    Managing your finances in Germany

    Here we list some key points for expats and businesses to consider when managing financial dealings in Germany:

    1. Understand Euro currency exchange rates: Exchange rates can have a big impact on your finances, so it is important to keep an eye on the EUR exchange rate and consider using a currency exchange service or a credit card that does not charge foreign transaction fees to get the best exchange rate.

    2. Use a local Euro bank account: A local EUR bank account can make it easier for you to manage your finances and pay bills while you are in Germany. It may also be more convenient to use a local EUR bank account to make purchases and withdraw cash.

    3. Research local laws and regulations: It is important to understand the local laws and regulations that apply to financial transactions in Germany. This can help you avoid legal issues and ensure that you are complying with local requirements.

    4. Consider the tax implications: It is important to understand the tax implications of living or doing business in Germany. This can help you plan your finances and ensure that you are paying the correct amount of tax.

    5. Seek financial advice: If you are unsure of how to manage your finances in Germany, it is a good idea to seek the advice of a financial professional who is familiar with the local financial system. This can help you make informed decisions and avoid financial pitfalls.


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