Basic facts about Dresden
German, but it is generally quite easy to get by in English.
The Euro has been the legal tender in Germany since January 1, 2002. If travelling within Europe, it is no longer necessary to convert the various European currencies, as most countries accept the Euro.
Cash is accessible round the clock from cash machines using EC cards, as well as international credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Eurocard.
Value Added Tax (VAT) is 16% and prices shown are always inclusive of VAT.
Tax-free shopping is available to international visitors. Stores that display the Tax Free Shopping sticker will provide customers with a voucher to present to German Customs prior to departure, to validate that goods are being exported. Europe tax-free shopping has payment points in all the major border crossings – whether departing train, plane, ship or automobile – where vouchers can be redeemed.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Dial 110 – Police
Dial 112 – fire and ambulance services
The voltage is 230V.
Retail Business Hours
Shops open between 9 and 10 a.m. and close between 6 and 8 p.m. Banks and post offices close no later than 6 p.m. Shop’s opening hours on Saturday vary, but all close no later than 6 p.m.