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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 Berlin and every larger town.
 
Tax
Most German goods and services include a value-added tax (VAT), called Mehrwertsteuer (or MwSt), and is currently set at 19%.
 
Weather
Berlin lies between oceanic and continental stamped climate. The weather in March is usually difficult to predict, temperatures could be +20°C, or -5°C. You may probably experience a bit of everything.
 
Transportation
Berlin's public transport system is composed of buses, trams, the U-Bahn (subway), the S-Bahn (light rail), Regionalbahn (RB) and Regionalexpress (RE) trains, and ferries.
For further information, please see the following websites: 
www.bvg.de
www.bahn.de
 
Telecommunications
Payphones

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 Berlin. Prices and opening hours vary.


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