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German currency

Currency
Germany is one of the 12 EU countries that joined the EMU – the Economic and Monetary Union – which introduced the single currency, the euro.  The current exchange rate is approximately €0.78 = $1.  To find the most up to the minute exchange rate, go to XE.com Currency Converter

Sample Prices
Bratwurst sausage = €2
Small bottle of beer = €2.50
Official Oktoberfest t shirt = €12
Bierkrug (beer stein or beer mug) = €20
A pair of traditional Lederhosen = €150
Average room prices = anywhere from €40 at the lower end, to €100 mid-range and €150 and up at the high end.
Average meal prices = €5 for a cheap meal, around €12 for mid-range and €20 and upwards at a classy joint!
These prices are in euros, are correct as of 03/16/09 and are subject to change

Tipping
Service charges are generally added to the bill in Germany, but it’s still considered appropriate to tip.  In restaurants go for a 5-10% tip but round up the bill to include the tip rather than leaving any money on the table.  Taxi drivers will often get a 10% tip, bell boys will get one euro per bag, and the room cleaner one to two euros per day.

Banking
Opening hours range depending on the bank but as a general rule no branches stay open later than 6pm and on Saturdays and Sundays all banks are closed.

Cash machines accept a variety of international debit and credit cards but aren’t universally accepted in shops, the smaller outlets in particular.

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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