Arn, I've found the best place to get Euro over here before going is at Wells Fargo. I once checked the rate daily for about 9 months and they consistently averaged 5% over the Interbank rate. At the time, AAA got theirs from Travelex at about 7½% over. If you have a WF near you there's no extra charge, but for small amounts, they do charge for shipping. But, of course, no exchange operation here will give you coins. Every ATM I've ever used in Germany/Austria has given me the first €100 in small bills (5s, 10s, and 20s), the rest in 50s, so I have some small bills to start. Also, the Bahn and most local automats take bills up to €20, at least. Caution: the automat gives change only in coins, so if you use a 20 for a €4 ticket, you'll get 16 Euro in coins. Michael, I, too, have had problems with accumulating too many coins. It's not so much the individual weight; the 1 and 2 Euro don't weigh that much more than a quarter. The problem is I accumulate so many. I think it is because we recognize the notes better than the coins, so we are always using bills and getting coins in change. I now make a conscious effort to use coins whenever possilbe. To quickly identify the coins, I look at the edges. The €1 and €2 coins are large with milled edges while the 50 cent coin is about the same size with many large notches on the edge.