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On May 15, 2019 at 9:13 AM, Balian65 said:


In Germany you will find quite a few stores and restaurants not accepting credit cards. Three out of four payments are still done in cash and that means Euro only. US dollars are generally not accepted.


If you use debit cards maestro is the most used card in Germany. Visa and Mastercard are quite common, but don’t be surprised if American Express or other credit cards are not accepted. Apple Pay is yet not a common option except for online purchases.


Any ticket machines will work only with PIN or cash.


We always take local currency for smaller purchases, such as food, souvenirs, transportation.

BofA has a link where you can order foreign currency online. Select the different currencies you need, three or four days later the currencies arrive in a FedEx envelope, complete with a spreadsheet detailing your purchase. Used this service for two European cruises last year.

This also eliminated the need to use an ATM. We have an account at another bank for smaller transactions, and use that debit card if needed.

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