The Euro

Find out more about the Euro in Germany

Did you know that Germany has a different currency from the United Kingdom? Germany and many other European countries decided to have one single currency, called the Euro. So while the UK has kept the pound sterling, Germany introduced the Euro on 1 September 2002.

The sign for the Euro is €. See if you can find it on the computer keyboard!

All the pictures on Euro banknotes show bridges and arches or doorways. You won’t be able to find these places in the real world, though – the pictures just show ‘typical’ European architecture.

The pictures on the back of Euro coins are different in each country. In Germany, the €1 and €2 coins have an Eagle on the back, the 50, 20 and 10 cent coins show Brandenburg gate in Berlin and the 1, 2 and 5 cent coins show an oak leaf.

Next time you see a Euro, why not try and see which country it comes from!

Did you know …?

  • At the time of writing this article, you would get €1,17 for £1? The exchange rate is always changing, though, so tomorrow it might be quite different.
  • There are Euro banknotes for €5, €10, €20, €100, €200 and €500? The biggest banknote in pounds sterling is £50.
  • The €500 note is one of the highest value banknotes in the world.
  • Before the Euro, the German currency was the Deutschmark.

Words Ahoy! · Wörter Ahoi!

Deutsch English
der Euro Euro
der Geldschein banknote
das Geld money
die Bank bank
die Münze coin


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