Amy Smith, Jun 10th 2015, 15:29
It's super easy, there's no need to worry! Just walk into a bank and say 'ich möchte ein bankkonto eröffnen bitte'. Take a form of ID like a driving license or passport. You sign a form and get a bank card within a few days by post usually. I personally went with sparkasse because their account was free for a year but I had a friend who went with raffeisen and she paid four euros a month or something. Just go with whoever has a branch close to you. A lot of German banks make you pay to have an account with them for some reason. I had absolutely zero problems with sparkasse though, they were great.
With regard to changing euros into pounds, I put pounds on the Thomas Cook cash passport and could withdraw the euros at any cash machine in Europe. I hate to sound like an advert but this was great for the first month or two as if I wanted I could have deposited the euros into my sparkasse account. It was also safer because then I didn't have to carry 1000 euros round with me or leave loads of money in my flat. I hope this helps!