Visiting the Netherlands soon? Looking forward to experiencing the Dutch culture and touring the attractions while buying souvenirs for folks back home? Before you commence on your trip to the low lands, here is all you wanted to know about the Dutch currency.
The Netherlands accepted Euro as its official currency in 2002, replacing the Guilder that was used since the 17th century. The notes are available in the denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros while the coins come in denominations of 1 and 2 euros as well as 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 euro cents.
The conversion is easy with 100 eurocents = 1 euro.
The best exchange rates are usually offered by the banks in the Netherlands, with currency exchange is also possible at the airport, post offices, all major hotels and GWK exchange bureaus.
ATM machines are located everywhere and are usually open 24 hours, 365 days a year. Since the most widely accepted form of payment in the Netherlands is cash, it serves well to have some currency exchanged prior to your arriving in the country. Credit cards and travellers cheques are also accepted though some additional charges are levied on their usage.
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