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credit card use

I am getting very conflicting feedback in regards to using credit cards in Fussen. My travel agent told me I should have no problem using credit cards in most hotels, restaurants, and shops. I would appreciate any " really " accurate info.Thanks.

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11. Re: credit card use

We make sure we have ATM cards on 2 different banks in case there is a problem with one. As mentioned, be sure to tell the bank that you will be abroad. Also ask what your daily limit is. For big hotel bills, you may need to have 2 or more days withdrawals to pay.

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13. Re: credit card use

Also note that in Germany, like most of Europe, they use chip & PIN cards, unlike our swipe & signature cards. There are a few chip cards that you can get in the US now, however nearly all of them are "chip and signature", not "chip and PIN". (They also have a magnetic strip for swiping since the US is still using the old credit card system.) You may have better luck with a chip & signature card, or you might not. They won't work in automated kiosks such as train ticket machines because you'll need a PIN.

But, as everyone else said, just plan to use your ATM card and pay with cash for everything. Some places will tack on a fee if you use a credit card to make up for the Visa/Mastercard/Amex fee.

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Not many places accept credit cards in Germany. That is not because "cash is king", as everyone always repeats, but because people here use their EC cards instead. Alright, many do pay cash, but the EC card is widely accepted. Sometimes there's a minimum purchase of 5 or 10 Euros to be able to use it, though.

But to answer your question: You can expect all major hotels to accept credit cards, as well as car rental companies or the DB ticket machines or ticket counters. I'm not sure about local transportation.

You will also be able to pay by credit card at major department stores (thinking of Kaufhof).

Where you would need an EC card or cash: Supermarkets, restaurants, gas stations. It is unusual to pay by EC card at a restaurant, though, and I don't recommend it.

And of course you will need some cash for small purchases - some postcards, some coffee or a Danish, things like that.

-> Find out if your hotel accepts credit cards. Some budget hotels don't. And get some cash for the rest.

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