The 500 euro acceptance at shops and markets was highly discussed in this post:

Are 500 Euro notes accepted by banks in Spain?

However, I'd like to know if there are any known places that exchange these notes at these cities:

  • Munich
  • Amsterdam
  • Brussels
  • London
  • Dublin

One place at ANY of these cities is enough for me.

It's ok if I have to wait sometime until they verify the notes to avoid frauds and etc. Also, I do not have an account at any bank at the EU.

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Traditionally this was one of the services offered by retail bank branches (usually even to non-customers), as part of their role in the cash supply. Nowadays many bank branches have gone cash-less and the ones that haven't are often reluctant to deal with people they don't know as customers.

Fortunately, the central banks in the Eurosystem will still exchange banknotes for the general public. (There's a limit to how much they will deal with without handling fees and additional scrutiny, so you can't bring a suitcase full of euro notes, but a handful or so ought to be alright).

Each of the cities you list within the Eurozone happens to contain a central bank -- or, in the case of Munich, a branch office of the central bank. These will all exchange large euro notes for you, though their hours are often limited:

  • One thing that came to mind. Go to a casino and pay the entrance fee. Buy chips in cash with your €500 note(s). After a while, trade them back and ask for smaller notes - up to €50 in NL although you can pay with €100 notes in quite a few locations. Commented May 30, 2018 at 15:29

It seems that at least one place in London will do this at a price. They seem to have six offices in London and offer a postal service.


Disclaimer: I have absolutely no connection with this company and I have never used them. I just found it on the internet.

It appears that all central banks in the Eurozone will exchange notes indefinitely even when, as will happen with the 500 note, they are no longer issued. For instance the irish Central Bank states on this page that

The issuance of the €500 will be stopped around the end of 2018, when the €100 and €200 banknotes of the Europa series are planned to be introduced. The €500 banknote, like the other denominations of euro banknotes, will always retain its value and can be exchanged at the national central banks of the Eurosystem for an unlimited period of time.

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