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Currency, banks and money exchange
The official currency of Germany is the EURO.
As well as bureaus de change, mostly situated around train stations and airports, there are branches of all major banks across the city. The opening times are convenient with many banks open the whole day, several days a week. Outside banking hours you will find cash machines on nearly every street corner. It is recommended to change money in a bank or take cash out of ATM machines, which are plentiful in Munich and every larger town.

Most German goods and services include a value-added tax (VAT), called Mehrwertsteuer (or
MwSt), and currently set at 19%.

Munich has a continental climate. Munich experiences very chilly winters, although heavy rainfall is very rare in the winter. The average temperature is -5 °C (23 °F) in February.

Getting around Munich via Public Transport
Munich has one of the best and easiest-to-use public transport systems in Europe. While you can buy single tickets and "stripe tickets", the best deal for most tourists is to purchase a day card. When you're ready to first use your card, validate it ("entwerten") in one of the machines in the stations before you board a U or S-Bahn (Machines are onboard buses and trams). Then you're done! Just keep the ticket on you, and you're free to ride the public transport system for the rest of the day.


There are two types of payphones used in Germany: telephone boxes, using telephone cards and Call shops, where you can make international calls at reasonable prices. Both types of payphones can be found easily at many locations in any town or city.

Mobile Phones
There are four main providers in Germany. Germany operates on a GSM network, as most of other European countries.

Calling Abroad
To call abroad, dial 00 + country code + national number of the line being called abroad
E.g. to call a number in the United States, dial 00 + 1 + area code + local number

Internet Cafés
Internet cafés with high-speed connection Internet are plentiful in Germany. You will find one at almost every corner in Munich. Prices and opening hours vary.

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