The German currency is the euro. Actually, the euro is not "German money", but the official currency of the European Union, of which Germany is a part. The euro replaced the German Mark.
Nineteen states in Europe currently use the euro. These states are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
If you visit Germany from a country within the eurozone, you are a happy traveller! No need to worry about the best exchange rates before you leave home. For visitors from outside the eurozone, an online currency converter tool is a handy way to check how many euros you get for your local currency.
Euro banknotes are issued in denominations of
€500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10, and €5.
Denominations of euro coins are
€2, €1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, and 1c.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Germany, although paying with credit cards is not as common as in the US, for example. Mastercard and Visa dominate. American Express and Diners Club are accepted in some stores and, of course, you can use them at the Geldautomat (ATM). Check shop windows and entrances for credit card logos to see which cards you can use inside.
Supermarkets, shopping centres and restaurants, especially in smaller towns outside tourist regions, might only accept a German bank card or cash.
You can withdraw money from ATMs at major train stations, airports, large shopping centres and banks. Within the eurozone, domestic fees are charged for ATM withdrawals and credit card payments.