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Banks and For­eign Ex­change

Ex­change AG: Friedrich­str. 172. T: 030.20649296. Deutsche Bank: Kur­fürs­ten­damm 111. T: 030.8904370.

Lost Cards and Cheques

Amer­i­can Ex­press: T: 069.97972000 Din­ers Club: T: 07531.3633111 Master­Card: T: 0800.8191040 Visa: T: 0800.8118440

Tax-Free Shop­ping

Ger­man law en­ti­tles all non-EU res­i­dents to a VAT tax re­fund. Look for stores dis­play­ing the Premier Tax Free sign and ask for a "tax-free form." When leav­ing the EU, goods and the com­pleted form must be shown to a cus­toms agent, from which a cus­toms stamp must be ob­tained no more than three months af­ter the date of pur­chase. Goods must be un­used. Present the stamped form at the re­fund counter in the air­port, or send it to Premier Tax Free as soon as you reach your des­ti­na­tion. www.pre­mier­ U2 Spit­tel­markt in Mitte has a unique calling card: It’s one of only two sta­tions in the city to fea­ture win­dows. ( The other: U4 Rathaus Schöneberg.) The 45 win­dows fac­ing the neigh­bor­ing Spree River were bricked up in 1940 due to air raids, and weren’t opened again un­til 2006.

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