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The Euro Explained for Travelers

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http://www.woltersworld.com What is a euro? What does a euro look like? What are the Euro bills? What do the bills look like? This video helps answer a lot of the basic money questions that travelers to Europe may have. visit Europe, travel Europe, travel advice for Europe, Filmed in Obidos, Portugal Copyright Mark Wolters 2013
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Rachel Eliz Obrien (27 days ago)
how much would I get for 200 euros exchaned into dollers as i am sending money over to a loved one in the states please
Morgan Salzano (3 months ago)
Did anyone see the thing that flashed at like 2:04? What was that
Hunter Monzon (4 months ago)
Damn in the states card and digitized payments are becoming the norm
NomadGaming (4 months ago)
We have 2 dollars bill americaaa
Mavis (5 months ago)
Very helpful. Years later.
Philip Travisano (7 months ago)
I liked your subliminal Wolter's World street sign you stuck in there during the word "Germany." 2:19
Efstathios Dimopoulos (7 months ago)
Where I live only the cafeteria in the building I work does not accept cards and I have to pay with Euros. Everywhere else they happily accept my NFC Visa (no pin below 20Eur). I rarely keep cash and the biggest amount I have is usually 20.
hyunjin lee (7 months ago)
Big notes in euro are usually refuse to accept specially the €500
Sander Egberink (8 months ago)
This video could use an update. A lot of the money exchange in European countries has changed over the years; as in pin- automat for example. For the rest, clear and good.
lil mango (8 months ago)
Mark Hancock (8 months ago)
As a British viewer just a reminder that not all the continent (or EU) uses the Euro. As well as the UK other countries keeping their own currency include: Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary. Some of these (like the  Scandinavian countries have very different value to the base unit. I would agree with the comments about larger Euro notes. They aren't necessary and can become a liability. I even had a problem once here in the UK (where most people will even have a few notes in a draw at home from their last vacation) getting a 100 Euro note (that I accepted from a client) exchanged.Like your channel. An interesting outside viewpoint.
Michael Schuckart (9 months ago)
Hallo! I agree, that the symbol on the back side (which is actually the front side ["avers"] for coin collectors) does not matter. So you can use a Euro coin with the king of spain in France. But to use a Euro coin with the king of France in Spain or anywhere else will bring you probably to jail ;-) .
kinkisharyocoasters (10 months ago)
What denominations can you normally get from an ATM?
The hardest hitter in 145 (10 months ago)
Actually you are the ones who change the period for the coma In the rest of the world a thousand is 1.000
sion8 (2 months ago)
Depends on the language.
Lieve van der plas (10 months ago)
why am i watching this, im european
Dennis (11 months ago)
I am a German citizen and I don't like the Euro banknotes.
Agnius Magnus (11 months ago)
Man... you know more about Europe than i root European :D
Matt B (1 year ago)
This helps a lot. Thanks👍
ARX 351 (1 year ago)
the strange things about euro coins is that the german coins seem to be the most idespread of all....
thierryf67 (1 year ago)
it's not strange at all, they are the most numerous....
David M (1 year ago)
How much is one euro note compared to a US dollar?
given2dream (4 months ago)
The exchange rate fluctuates constantly. Today, August 26, 2018 at 10:30 pm U.S. Central time, one euro is one dollar and sixteen cents (according to Siri)
Troll Master (5 months ago)
1 euro is almost 1 dollar.
Stefan Peerboom (1 year ago)
Please rewarch the video: There is no one euro note.
JOHN BODEN (1 year ago)
Daniel K (1 year ago)
Yeah... but you know the subliminal messages don't work anymore right?
In1998able (1 year ago)
In1998able (1 year ago)
ja stupid
Er Jerry (1 year ago)
is posting subliminal messages legal by law on YouTube?
TRiG (Ireland) (1 year ago)
In some parts of Europe (UK and Ireland, and I think also Cyprus and perhaps Malta) we use the decimal point and the comma as a thousands separator, the same as North America. Continental Europe uses the comma as the decimal mark, and either a point, an apostrophe, or a thin space as a thousands separator.
MyYTwatcher (1 year ago)
If you exchange your money for Euro *always!!!* ask for smaller notes. Never take higher note than 100 €. Higher notes are not needed as you will normally spend smaller amounts (for Americans - how often you pay your meal with 500 $ note...). Many shops wont accept higher notes because they may not have enough money for exchange. And last but not least higher notes (200 and 500 €) have bad reputation of being favourite subject to forgery.
Samo762 (3 months ago)
it really depends on the country, most places 100 notes are completely fine
Michael Schuckart (9 months ago)
Usually you will not have difficulties with notes up to 100 €. It may be impossible to buy two buns with a 100 € note. Many gas stations advertise at the entry, that you can not pay with 200 or 500 € notes (fear of robbery or fraud).
David Steere (1 year ago)
do you not have 1 and 2 dollar coin do you have notes
cadmium-ores (1 year ago)
Super helpful, thanks! I'll be traveling abroad for the first time this summer and I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the euro. :)
Aeriel Canoy (1 year ago)
so for example is one euro equal to one American dollar I am going to Germany soon and I really want to know
Finnish Finn (11 months ago)
Aeriel Canoy 1USD = 0.85EUR
Sofía Fuentes (1 year ago)
Hey coins in the US are not useless!!! I was there for only a week and had so many coins I bought some stuff at the dollar store. I had over 20 dolars in coins. Respect the coin. Love the coin.
Chris Diaz (2 years ago)
I've been watching you for about a year now and I finally found out I'm going to eastern/Central Europe so I guess I have to binge watch your channel again
muna kay (2 years ago)
in switzerland there is even a 1000 Note
alberto cassinelli (7 months ago)
Nobody use 1000 Francs in Switzerland. I am Italian I live close to the Swiss border. The 1000-500-200 notes are rejected very often
LegendMeadow (1 year ago)
muna kay Well in Norway we have a thousand krone note too, but it's only worth about 170 USD.
joesr31 (1 year ago)
in singapore there is a 10,000 note
koenigscat (2 years ago)
Actually, it's pretty logical. 0,01 0,02 0,05 0,1 0,2 0,5 1 2 5 10 20 50 100 200 500
Ma St (2 years ago)
Usually shops dont accept 200 and 500 € notes...
Geography Boy (2 years ago)
+Wolters World not all countries in Europe use Euro only Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.
Frankosvensk (9 months ago)
Yes it does !
NewDawnReaper (1 year ago)
Geography Boy Slovakia doesn't have the euro.!
En Ulv i Skogen (2 years ago)
And it can be used also in Major Supermarkets in Hungary (SPAR) they undercut the average exchange price by around 15 Hungarian Forints (as of writing €1 = 310 HUF, SPAR will use 295HUF to €1), also in larger cites in the Czech Republic (Brno, Prague and Ostrava)
Daniela Gartmann (2 years ago)
in switzerland you can even get an 1000 francs note
a (2 years ago)
I AM SO CONFUSED WITH HOW THIS WORKS IF I WENT TO THE UK WITH $500.00 what is that equal to in Euros? or Notes?
a (2 years ago)
Okay dude. LOL im not gonna argue with some idiot on the internet.
a (2 years ago)
Chillout,Learn how to write before you talk about someone not understanding the different types of money around the world.some of us arent exposed to that type of stuff over here.
Ivan The Punisher (2 years ago)
What the fuck. How handicapped are these muricans in the comments? UK has pounds, not euros.
pvaz (2 years ago)
Andrea Kidd about 450 euros. Though we write it as $500,00 (comma to separate decimal places). 1 thousand is written as 1.000,00
Roberto Guaitoli (2 years ago)
For that kind of doubt, just use the exchange rate $/€ or $/£
Iamwatchingyou75 (2 years ago)
Keep in mind that notes higher than €50 are often rejected, especially in smaler shops. Because their is simply not enough change when you show up with €100, €200 or even €500 when you just buy something for a few euros.
Fankas2000 (1 year ago)
Mum Blic Most shops have machines that verify the money.
Mum Blic (1 year ago)
This comment should be higher up. But I think the real reason is that they are more afraid for counter-fit money. The risk is just to high! Make sure you have never a note higher then €50.
gpe el sierrita (2 years ago)
how many euros you get pay n hour? = the usa dolar
Finnish Finn (11 months ago)
In Finland minimum wage is 13.2 euros / hour
Jesus Gonzalez (1 year ago)
gpe el sierrita in Germany the minimum wage is 8.85€ as of early 2017
Zarko Pejic (2 years ago)
depends on the country. for Austria the minimum wage is around 10€/h
countertony (2 years ago)
The comma-vs-dot thing is why (I'm fairly sure) the SI thousands separator is a space - then you can use whatever you like for your decimal sign. Of course, if you go further east into Pakistan or India you might encounter the lakh/crore system, and have numbers grouped into thousands, with two-digit groupings above 100000.
korkz808 (2 years ago)
subliminal message at 2:19 "wolters world"
Wolters World (2 years ago)
+korkz808 yeah. No idea why that old software always did that. Sorry
Mikkel Filtenborg (2 years ago)
Sidenote: Denmark. Cash is not always king. Some places don't take cash when you're in the bigger cities. Make sure if you travel to Denmark that you have a working card. Visa and Mastercard is accepted in 99% on stores.
frank cruz (2 years ago)
cool info
I just turned my wallet upside down and looked at the coins. I have Dutch, Spanish, Greek, French, Belgian and Austrian Euros! Got to love European pluralism! :D
In the Netherlands 1 and 2 cent coins aren't accepted in stores. They cost too much to exchange or have in the register or something. So they round up or down at the register. 1,99 becomes 2,00. 1, 96 becomes 1,95. etc.
Finnish Finn (11 months ago)
Illiminatie overlord Gurglekoks In Finland too
PGraveDigger1 (1 year ago)
Not true. Something priced 1,99 euros will get rounded up to 2 euros, but if you can pay exactly 1 euro and 99 cents, they have to accept it in the Netherlands. They will be very annoyed, but legally they can't refuse.
barvdw (2 years ago)
1 and 2 ct should be accepted as tender, even if you have to do some persuasion, but won't change the rounding of the total bill, so you would still have to fork out 5 1ct, or 2 2ct and a 1ct for something rounded to the next 5 ct, and if they have to return on your payment, you will get them back almost certainly. Luckily, with the rounding, you will almost never get them in the first place.
TheRenaissanceman65 (2 years ago)
Speaking as British, I don't routinely use euros either, but I have to say the notes and coins are much better designed than American ones. The trouble with American dollar bills is they're all the same size and colour, and the amount is only on them in words. Euro notes (and British pound notes) are each a different colour and have the value on them in BIG figures. Euro coins were designed with the help of organisations for the blind. There are different patterns of cuts around the edge so with practice, you can tell them apart just by feel. Which also helps those of us who are blessed with normal eyesight. For example the €1 coin's edge has alternating flat and serrated areas. And the €! and €2 are bimetallic, so they're a different colour round the edge from in the centre. So it really shouldn't be hard, tourists!
011angelfire (2 months ago)
I do understand the rationale for different colors and textures. It does help to differentiate at a glance between them. I wasn’t aware of this when I went to Europe for the first time. When I got €100 out of the ATM, it dawned on me that two €50 notes weren’t going to fit nicely in my wallet designed for American dollars, so I had to fold all the notes I got from then on width-wise. And of course, we don’t carry coin purses or anything like that, since American coins are of so little value that it isn’t worth it; most people just carry bills and keep a jar of coins at home or in the console of their car. So carrying a bunch of coins around was an adjustment.
Eduardo Navarrete (4 months ago)
Roldán Belenos (1 year ago)
US currency is being re-designed: color is being added, features for people who can't see well (like giant numbers) are being added, and they're even testing tactile features for the blind. In time this will make the money easier for foreigners to use. This is a slow process, however, because [1] the Treasury doesn't want the world to lose trust in the US dollar by suddenly having something too radically different that people might think the money is fake, [2] it takes between 3 and 7 years just to print enough bills to replace *only one* denomination (and there are five that are being re-designed), and [3] sometimes unexpected technical issues happen, like with the new $100 bill. As for the size of the bills, this is not likely to change any time soon, and it's a practical matter related to the size of the economy and all the infrastructure in it that handles physical money (ATMs, cash registers, banking machines, vending machines, automated toll booths, etc.) Also, remember that US currency and Canadian currency are intentionally physically the same (same size for bills, same size and color but not weight for coins) because our economies are intertwined. So aside from cosmetic changes, physical changes cause a lot of problems for a lot of people in both the US and Canada, plus the seven foreign countries and three foreign territories that have adopted the US dollar for their own use. And finally, there's not a lot of desire on the part of Americans ourselves to change the money because we don't like physical cash in general and every year our use of electronic currency increases. For example, few people bother with the 1¢ coins, but everyone seems to think getting rid of them is an even bigger bother. I've had like $20 in small bills in my wallet for emergencies, and they've been in there like two years and I've never used them. But I use my bank card several times a day.
TobyIKanoby (1 year ago)
Also, Euro notes all have a different size. I can tell apart all common used coins and notes without looking just by size alone, it is really easy. Only one strange design decision, the bigger, the more it's worth, makes a lot of sense right? Except of the 50 cent coin being bigger than the 1 euro coin... (1 and 2 euro coins being bimetallic kinda makes them stand apart though)
David Landeros (2 years ago)
Do a review on Mexican bills??
Asbjørn (2 years ago)
Good lord, that kid in the background screaming constantly! Kudos for not losing your shit over it. Also, very helpful video!
Sunday Funday (2 years ago)
You will see a lot of boards in stores saying 'we don't accept €100, €200 and €500', but they can NOT refuse it! It's legal tender. So if they won't accept it, just say that you're going to call the police.
Klaus Ole Kristiansen (8 months ago)
That is not so. The original idea of legal tender was to force everybody to accept paper money as as good as silver coins. Today many retailers want to accept only electronic payments like debit cards or mobile pay, but cash being legal tender prevents this.
TRiG (Ireland) (1 year ago)
Sunday Funday To my knowledge, "legal tender" applies only to settling debts. It might apply in a restaurant, where you eat before paying, so it's a debt, or similarly in a hotel, but not in a normal shop.
Roldán Belenos (1 year ago)
Legal tender is not the same thing as mandatory tender. Merchants can still refuse to accept it, even if it is marked as being legal to use, unless there is also a law that makes it mandatory that they accept it. (Illegal tender could be things like counterfeit currency, scrip, foreign currency in some places, or money issued by institutions or governments who don't have the legal right to print money.)
Sunday Funday (2 years ago)
+Olivier G. Yes, they do. You can even pay 500,01€ with 2 500€ bills... Whell... I can imagine getting a 0,01€ discount for attempting to do that, but still
Itsmeeman1 (2 years ago)
'Travellers' has two L's in it. Explaining English spelling to Muricans.
Roldán Belenos (1 year ago)
The American language wouldn't be so messed up if we hadn't had to start with the even more-messed-up English language. (Seriously, I don't know why foreigner would even want to study our idiotic languages.)
TheRenaissanceman65 (2 years ago)
You have to remember that the British speak English. Americans speak American English. It's a different dialect, therefore you can't expect the spelling to be the same. You have your language, they have theirs. I suppose your next complaint is that the French can't spell "cat" because they spell it "chat"?
Itsmeeman1 (2 years ago)
+Chris W I think not. And it's 'misspelt', not, 'misspelled'.
Chris W (2 years ago)
+Itsmeeman1 HAHA. Travellers with two L's is the misspelled word. So, therefore, you are the illiterate one.
Itsmeeman1 (2 years ago)
+Chris W It's called, illiteracy, when you misspell a word on purpose. Are you actually defending your illiterate and 'dumbed-down' education, in the face of a correction from myself?
Star buono (2 years ago)
Could someone please tell me how much 4 euros are in dollars thank you
Irish soil (7 months ago)
Star buono it's now 4.71$
TheRenaissanceman65 (2 years ago)
It varies day to day with the exchange rate. It's not hard to google it.
Star buono (2 years ago)
+woltersworld  Thank you :) !
Wolters World (2 years ago)
+Star buono about $4.50
solountipomas (2 years ago)
Spain is the country with more 500€ notes    Guess why???   CORRUPTION and black money
solountipomas (2 years ago)
Si, gatitos y gatitas hembra de las grandes... JAJA
TheFettuck (2 years ago)
We don't use the 1 and 2 cent coins anymore! Many stores also don't accept the 200 and 500 euro bills!! :D
No, we don't.
+TheFettuck  Yes we do..
TheFettuck (2 years ago)
+José Isabel  Not in the Netherlands.
Z (2 years ago)
Everyone uses the cents
+TheFettuck I have a jar full of 1, 2 and 5 cents. Some stores still use them.
Hubert Gese (3 years ago)
Do you know that in Europe nobody, (except Banks), do not accept euros 200 and especially 500 euros bills! And how tricky they are - In the center of Vienna I changed 3000 dollars in the solid looking Bank. They gave me 4 500 bills, knowing about that! I came to hotel to pay for reservation and they explained me, what I now explaining to you. I tried to exchange in supermarket - NO! So I went to the Bank and they exchanged. OK? Except one thing - for 3000 dollars I payed fee 60 euros and second time also! So 120 euros for exchange by decieving practices. And Banks do not tell this! It is a scam.
Finnish Finn (11 months ago)
Hubert Gese I buyed 4 €50 Google Play gift cards with 200 euro note
Finnish Finn (11 months ago)
barvdw (2 years ago)
True for the most part, but €200 and even €500 were more easily accepted in e.g. Austria or Germany, not in France in my experience. It's one monetary union, but many member states still have their old habits, as in: the French and British (not Euro, I know) still use checks, while they're almost unheard of in the rest of Europe, and are using increasingly 'la carte bleue', the credit card. When €100 was still largely unheard of in Belgium (most ATMs offering €20 or €50), in Austria, most had €10, and often €100. Scandinavia is going cashless in a quick pace, Other countries differ wildly on acceptance rate for notes and cards.
Philippe Bourgon (2 years ago)
I'm french, and I never got refused a 50€ note, and almost never a 100€ note. Of course, they check it, but it's a matter of seconds. On the other hand, 200€ and 500€ notes are almost never accepted, or they are extensively checked, so you're in for minutes of waiting.
id (2 years ago)
+Evildeathmonkey That's a small market, it just needs 1-2 old people to pay with cash to get over 200€ into the register, and at rush hour it's sure to happen.
Iona Downie (3 years ago)
+woltersworld how do we add the Euros up when buying things?
barvdw (2 years ago)
It's even simpler than in the US, as here, normally all taxes are included in the shown price.
TheRenaissanceman65 (2 years ago)
The same way as you add up dollars. You know how to add up dollars and cents, don't you? Same with euros and cents. Exactly the same. Except the symbol in front is € instead of $.
Aloha Ackbar (3 years ago)
The periods and commas..... Stupid.
pvaz (2 years ago)
+Mr. Meseeks That's only because most programming languages where developed in the US. Even so, if you install excel, windows, linux or OSX with most (if not all) European countries language and culture settings, you need to use a comma for decimals when you input a number. I'm a software developer and this small thing is a pain in the ass.
Aloha Ackbar (2 years ago)
+pvaz I live and breathe the metric system where I live. All computer programming languages use the period for decimal separators, hence it is the correct way... and has nothing to do with imperial vs metric.
pvaz (2 years ago)
Mr. Meseeks said by a guy in a country of only 3 in the world that doesn't use the metric system... you probably shouldn't be checking traveling videos if you can't even adapt to the smallest changes you're likely to find.
Lol, THAT's stupid.
Aloha Ackbar (2 years ago)
Because it's different than the way I prefer it - ergo it's stupid.
Captain Goreblast (3 years ago)
Dementos (3 years ago)
Not cool with the subliminal message halfway during video.
Dementos (3 years ago)
All is forgiven. Was just really surprised to see that pop up randomly.  Good video nonetheless.  
Wolters World (3 years ago)
Editing software mess up. No clue why.
Jerry Acosta (3 years ago)
I'm american I belive that euro is better u.s dollar
Finnish Finn (11 months ago)
Don't push the B button Tho Euro has its reserve money
+Jerry Acosta Meh, in the beginning it was good. Now we are all fucked.
Teddy Bass (3 years ago)
The 500 notes are not accepted everywhere.
Victor Calvete (3 years ago)
Wolter is right about the cash is king! Altough you will for sure be able to use a credit or debit card most people will prefer if you pay with cash (especially now a days that the European Tax machine is more aggressive). People that own small businesses will much prefer that you pay in cash.
Jürgen Koks (3 years ago)
+João Calvete In Estonia most people are really annoyed if you pay with cash because then they have to give you money back. I dont even remember the last time I used cash here. and thats not only in the cities but anywhere.
Langus langus (3 years ago)
not if yoi have american cards
Tuula Westra (3 years ago)
+João Calvete The USA's debit cards will not work in the European atm type machines to get cash, as the cards have old type magnet strips/chips.
Sais (3 years ago)
illustrations on bills changed/ are changing (06/2015)
thanks for this :)
Indra Mutukuda (3 years ago)
elizewyn (3 years ago)
cash is king ? maybe in the others countries, here in France, i always pay with my credit card, i never have cash on me lol 
Lambrini Thanou (1 year ago)
elizewyn ...And here I am having never used a credit card in my life (I am 15 and live in Greece where credit cards are more often than not more cumbersome than just paying cash) EDIT: This is just my opinion about what I have observed it is neither necessarily true nor do I demand that you take it for granted
Philippe Bourgon (2 years ago)
I don't : Coffee is free in our company :-) , but I pay 0,80€ or 1,10€ for a candy bar with a debit card. It is possible, but not as widely used for these small amounts as coins. At least that's what I can see looking around me.
PIJUS MAGNIFICUS (2 years ago)
I pay for my morning coffee (95 cents) in my university with my debit card. In Madrid.
Philippe Bourgon (2 years ago)
Depends on the country. In France we tend to use debit/credit cards more and more, except for really small amounts (would say below 20€, but you can often go as low as 5€)
barvdw (3 years ago)
+Janno A There are big differences between countries, I know the Nordic countries, including Estonia and perhaps even Latvia, are extremely electronic banking friendly, Estonia is the country where Skype was invented, and where elections are held online. And in the bigger cities in the rest of Europe, you shouldn't have too much trouble to pay with your card, either. But I know my local pub (in Brussels) doesn't have a card terminal, and neither does my baker. My supermarket takes normal bank cards (debit), but no credit cards. Cash, however, is accepted everywhere. You won't starve, as there are enough shops and restaurants who do take cards, debit or credit, but cash is the default. Only for large purchases, electronic payments are prefered, as they are more secure, except between private persons. I know few persons who would still buy a new computer, or television, or a new car, in cash. In many countries, there is a legal limit, e.g. in Belgium, that limit is 3000 euro. In general, everything above 1000 euro is frowned upon.
Lena Redin (3 years ago)
Vipix (3 years ago)
I cannot join to this cash is king thing you are always saying about Europe. I have not used cash in shops for a few years now. Although it might be a different thing for tourist. I have a chip card from European bank, and always use pin-code when I'm paying. Us credit/debit cards then do not have chips on them or aren't cards from US banks just accepted?
Mystery Egg (10 months ago)
It depends which Country in Europe you’re in. Where I live in Southern Europe, most places only accept cash. In the Supermarkets and some bars they will accept cards but only if you spend over €10.
Roldán Belenos (1 year ago)
Almost all US bank cards now have the chip in them. Banks resisted it because they didn't want to pay for it, but the government finally forced them to do it. Then, it took about three years to get the system up and running because the economy is so very big. It just simply takes time to produce over a billion new cards, about 15 million new point-of-sale terminals, all the software updated with every merchant and every bank and every machine where a card could be used, and so on, and then installing it all, everywhere. And it's still not complete in some places...
Vipix (2 years ago)
+bes loeq Yep, we have used nfc payments for a while now too. If you buy anything under 25€, you can use nfc enabled card or a phone. I usually don't buy anything over it at once, so I don't necessarily remember my PIN when I need it.
Tuula Westra (3 years ago)
+Poppy M Yes indeed, I just explained to Joao Calvete this.
Jenny Barrett (3 years ago)
Great video, but the kid screaming in the background is distracting.
Raquel Gomes (3 years ago)
Hey Mark, I live in Ottawa and all my dads family lives in Portugal, my grandmother lives in Obidos it is a nice little village and the Mercado Medieval is so cool I went there last summer.The rest of my dads family lives in Lisbon. Muito obrigada para os vídeos muito bons !!!! :) E muito bom trabalho !!!! :)
scmager (3 years ago)
Be careful when withdrawing Euros from an ATM with a debit card. If you have a daily withdrawal limit (say $500), don't forget to calculate the equivalent in Euros, and be careful to stay within that limit. I overlooked this while in Vienna last year, and attempted to withdraw 400 Euros (while thinking "dollars") at one time. Of course, the ATM would not process the withdrawal, but the monitor didn't indicate why, except to say "request refused" or something like that. I tried this several times, at several different ATMs, always getting the same result. This made me think that my bank had stopped payment. It took a lot of wasted time, and a very, very expensive long distance call to my bank (including being put on 'hold"), only to find out that all I had to do was request a smaller amount. Live and learn!
Wolters World (3 years ago)
+scmager good points. thanks scmager
juanpmayoral (3 years ago)
Nice subliminal message on 2:03!! Nice vids!!
SIMON ELLIOTT (1 year ago)
juanpmayoral .
Rudi Rüssel (3 years ago)
+juanpmayoral and on 2:19
Wolters World (3 years ago)
+juanpmayoral ;) thanks
Vo Quoc Bao (4 years ago)
£   how do u say this ????
Tordsworld (2 years ago)
£ is the currency sign for the British pound.
Vel koz (3 years ago)
+Vo Quoc Bao pound?
barvdw (4 years ago)
They are introducing new notes, the new EUROPA 5-ers and 10-ers are already in use, the others are for the nex years, but the old ones are still valid. In some places, you will hardly find any old notes, however. The theme is the same, it's the same imaginary bridge or window as on the older ones, and the base colour is the same, too, but it's a little more colourful, now. More info and pics can be found on the website of the ECB, the European Central Bank.  200 and 500 euro notes are very rare, and are refused in many shops, certainly if you only buy a small item with it. 5 to 50 are the most common, 100 is rising in popularity.
Usagi Felton (4 years ago)
Is the exchange rate better if you get the  money from the bank before you leave or if you go to the ATM in the country?
Langus langus (3 years ago)
ATM ex hange rate is your banks rate
barvdw (3 years ago)
+Usagi Felton Almost certainly the latter. Changing dollars into euros in a euro country will be cheaper than in a dollar country (the US), too, but probably not as much.
Just a note some countries in Europe, that do not use the euro, as there currency, like Denmark will still accept euros but they may pay you back in there own currency.  
Jesus Gonzalez (1 year ago)
Kevin Grønberg Poulsen plus the exchange rate is often pretty bad
Tony From Syracuse (4 years ago)
Im confused about the term debit card.....I'm from America so I know what a debit card is even though I don't have one....but I have credit cards....and..i have a bank card for my federal credit union savings account..this is the main card I take money from...I have never heard it referred to as  a debit card, and on the back it says "the exchange" and PLUS....so I am hoping this kind of card will work in London/Holland/Belgium/Germany which is where I'm going...yes I will have my bank of America credit card on me also with the VISA logo but obviously with you and rick steves only mentioning the terms... debit cards and credit cards... I am worried that my ATM credit union savings card account will also work. if anyone knows thanks in advance.
26Bluegb (3 years ago)
+Tuula Westra Most US cards are moving to chip and signature not chip and pin.
Tuula Westra (3 years ago)
+Poppy M The USA is slowly changing into a chipandPIN cards as it is costing them 80billion dollars, seems to be a good excuse.
Tony From Syracuse (3 years ago)
+Poppy M thanks for the info much appreciated! 
Tony From Syracuse (4 years ago)
Actually accordingto rick steves its the opposite. Atms in europe will only pull money from your checking account not savings and a debit card is what you need to do so as atm cards that pull from your checking have to be debit as thats the nature of checking acccounts...you. An only use whats in the checking. Its on ricksteves website under money topic. I will be bringing credit cards as a back up anyways..
Bung Lao (4 years ago)
A debit card won't work at retailers or ATM's overseas.
caktalfraktal (4 years ago)
Hey, will you ever visit any popular destinations in Canada like say Montreal, Ottawa, or Vancouver? They're all very nice although I'd recommend Ottawa first as it's such a beautiful city. The rest are wonderful too =) Not much cultural differences but I'm sure you'd still enjoy it!
Wolters World (4 years ago)
We are spending 3 week driving from Toronto to Prince Edward Island this summer :) any advice?
tihk89 (5 years ago)
The cash thing depends a lot where you are in Europe. In Scandinavia cards are definitely more common way to pay than cash but Eastern and Southern Europe cash is still preferred. And also it's good to know that in some countries, at least in Finland and Netherlands, 1 and 2 cent euro coins are not in use and the prices are counted to closest 5 cent.
Edgar Canchola (5 years ago)
Love this woltersworld videos, I am seasoned traveler but you can always learn more, am off to save the Spanish economy by doing a Masters Degree. Good to know that the best way to get money is using your debir card, I was about to exchange my money in the aiport in Boston or using private exchange companies. Cheers!
Rich Morris (5 years ago)
We do use a lot of cash in the UK.... You always pay with cash in pubs for example
Tommy Croft (5 years ago)
I wouldn't really say cash is always king I mean I'm from and live in London so it's probably different but even when I go to more 'dead' areas of England they accept card in most shops. 
Wolters World (5 years ago)
cash is truly king, very true
Paethon (5 years ago)
Ok. My mistake. Still looks very suspicious ;) Greetings from Innsbruck
Wolters World (5 years ago)
I didn't. it is the stupid software I was using. it is the wolters world logo. I have tried to minimize that problem in the newer videos and it has gotten better, ,but I can't figure out why the heck it does that.
Paethon (5 years ago)
I was asking myself the same. As if nobody would notice a white flash in the middle of the video :D
Why would you put subliminal messages flashes in your video? If the content is good you don't need to do that.
NordikFilm (5 years ago)
George Soros says Germany should abandon the euro as currency.
Wolters World (5 years ago)
all airports
Wolters World (5 years ago)
one day... one day...
Marcin M. (5 years ago)
When do you come to Poland ? :-)
oXbOxr00X (5 years ago)
Heyho, the Euro is weak! look i'm from Germany and we love the Euro. now we need to check only some currency rate. That help us to bring your stuff out to the world for a good price. no recalc. every three hours.. we do benefit ALOT from the Euro. Other countries with no biig industries, likes Greece are lost on the road. which is pretty bad, but the an other topic. I really hope we find a way to hold the Euro in the system and live all side by side in love and peace! have a nice day!
oXbOxr00X (5 years ago)
Nur Bares ist wahres!
AAmed1980 (5 years ago)
Mark, does the advice about not using airport exchanges apply only at European Airports, or does that include American airports?
Wolters World (5 years ago)
Glad I can help. I agree with the airport exchange. Its OK if you need cash right away but best to wait awhile before getting the bad rates and service charges. Thanks for the nice comments! Mark
Mike The Man (5 years ago)
Thanks Wolter you're the man! Subscribed!
Wolters World (5 years ago)
Sad isn't it :(
Wolters World (5 years ago)
I wrote you about this in a personal email. I buy tickets and travel. I am a professor with lots of free time.
Mike The Man (5 years ago)
Wolter, I'm not going to leave you alone until you tell me your secrets on how you travel so often

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