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Are credit cards widely accepted and safe to use locally? Are ATMs common and do you recommend using them? Are they safe to use?

Everything is safe to use. Cash is always better, and some places don't accept credit, but the grocery stores accepted credit cards as did major restaurants. - Sep 27, 2017
Yes and no. You can use them, but I found cash was easier. I only used credit cards to pay for hotels and plane tickets. - Jan 28, 2017
Yes, credit cards are widely accepted and safe to use, though Germans are more likely to use cash than Americans are. ATMs all over the place, including one at the consulate. - Aug 14, 2016
No issue there. - Feb 1, 2016
Some smaller establishments and groceries only take cash or German "EC" (debit) cards. Using a credit card is safe but you should get a card with a chip as this may be the only kind accepted. - Dec 9, 2015
No issues, plenty of ATMs here and they seem pretty safe. - Jun 27, 2014
Credit cards not used as much as one would think for a fully developed economy. Make sure yours is "chipped" or it may not work at all. ATMs can be used everywhere and the Consulate is moving to an ATM based cash system. - Mar 30, 2014
Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere but always double check. - Nov 7, 2013
Safe to use anywhere, but your credit card must have a chip in it for most places to accept. - Apr 4, 2012
Many restaurants do not take credit cards. The best exchange rate is at the consulate. - Mar 4, 2012
German banks charge ridiculous fees to use their ATMs. You can open a German bank account, but again the maintenance fees are preposterous. - Oct 3, 2011
It's fine here. - Jul 15, 2010
Credit and ATM cards are widely accepted. The only place I found that dosen't take credit is the grocery stores. - Jul 7, 2008
Both are available and easy to use. - Feb 23, 2008
There's an ATM at the nearby REWE market (with fee) and the mall five minutes away. They take VISA at most places although not everywhere. - Jan 4, 2008