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In France, I don't think anyone is refusing cash (for most day-to-day payments that wouldn't be legal if you have the exact amount), there's just been a strong incentive in many places (but not all) to use contactless (with the payment limit raised to 50 euros). Apparently card usage rates have increased and cash usage rates gone down, which only accelerated ...


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In the UK many places are restricting or discouraging the use of cash. I still carry enough to get me home and/or buy a few essentials, but I've used cash less than once a month in the last year (down from a few times per week, though much of the difference is decreased opportunities to spend at all) Some shops say "cards only". Larger ...


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This has come up before, but I can't find the question. In UK, a move towards a cashless society was happening before the Covid-19 outbreak, which has only accelerated it. Many young people here no longer even carry cash. A coffee – tap the card, only the vendors with a poor fixed-fee per transaction deal don't like such small amounts. Many people, including ...


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Can we travel to Denmark as a tourist ? Unknown. This would be a difficult trip to do and will require a few hours of research just to find out the details for your specific situation. Here are a few points that I have found but since rules are hard to interpret and changing very quickly these may not be up to date or accurately represented Denmark only ...


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If you are traveling alone, being a resident in Greece doesn't exempt you from any visa requirement in Ireland. To the extent that a visa is required for your specific circumstances (citizenship, purpose and length of the trip), you will need to obtain one regardless. South African citizens do need a visa, even for a short tourism visit. Since you mention ...


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In Dublin you should have no problem paying with cash. Lots of places will have signs indicating they would prefer you to use contactless payment methods but I have not come across any that don't accept cash at all. This doesn't mean they don't exist but if they do they will have signs to indicate this and you should have no problem finding an alternative ...


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In Berlin, you will find that businesses which can accept contactless payments (mostly medium-size to large businesses) are encouraging you to use them, but businesses which previously didn't accept card payments (e.g. small döner stands) still don't accept them now.


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Spain has some of the darkest skies (and lowest population densities) of western Europe. Two relatively accessible locations are the surroundings of the Cijara reservoir and the Serranía de Cuenca. Both are within less than 3 hours drive from Madrid airport, and both are Bortle class 2 sites (here and here). Both sites have unrestricted access and have ...


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In Norway, cash is still generally possible but now rather heavily frowned upon. Debit card works everywhere. Once there was an old lady in front of me in a queue who paid in cash, and the cashier got quite annoyed and basically told her this is a horrible idea now (uncharacteristic for Norwegians to be so harsh). Until last year I myself generally payed in ...


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In France, a shop cannot legally refuse cash (up to 1000€, after what you have to pay via electronic means to prevent money laundering). You can be forced to give the exact amount (or risk not being given change). There are places that will say that some banknotes are not accepted (200€) - it is illegal. They can refuse to give you the change, though. In ...


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In Germany, most shops still accept cash. Every Rewe, Aldi, Lidl, Famila, bakery and other grocery store I've been to still accepts cash. Most bakeries (except for the chains that are in train stations) only accepted cash before the pandemic and of the few that I've been to, one has begun to accepts cards, but the others did not.


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(I know the OP is not travelling there, just an aside to the already posted answers, that is too long for a comment) In the Czech Republic, we are contactless pretty much for the last four years. Most places still accept cash, but contactless is the preferred method. In Prague, I only found one place (a very small newsstand in one of the subway stations) ...


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In Belgium, many stores accept either credit/debit cards (often even through NFC contactless payments) or Payconiq, which is a Benelux/Munich specific smartphone app that can be linked to a bank account and uses QR codes to communicate payment details. COVID has even lead to many stores only accepting these forms of payment, even though the law requires them ...


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While maybe not as dark as you ask, many locations in the Belgium Ardennes will be dark enough for a good view of the sky at night. It might even be possible to get back to Antwerp in time for work the next day.


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Is there any place at all where we can travel from Germany easily during these times? You can „travel“ to: Google Streetview Google Earth TV travel documentaries Atlases Travel guidebooks / Wikivoyage Other online options


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