6 Best Places To Explore On Germany Vacation - A Shopping Guide

Germany is one of the most populated countries in Europe. It has the second largest e-commerce market in the continent. While shopping might not be what comes to a traveler’s mind when thinking about a Germany vacation, it is actually a dream destination for shoppers.


The country is packed with fantastic shopping outlets, right from shopping centers to traditional markets and charming little shops to flea markets. To better enjoy the shopping experience, there are cafes and restaurants dotted in between the shopping outlets. Just like exploring tourist attractions, shopping on a Germany vacation can also be an enriching and highly satisfying experience. 


When it comes to shopping in Germany, fulfilling the customer’s needs is always the top priority. No matter where you go, in this country you will find something for everyone. To find the best places to shop, we have curated this article. This article will provide you with an overview of Germany’s shopping world and introduce you to some of the best places to shop on your Germany vacation. So, keep this guide handy, shop till you drop, and experience limitless indulgence.


Let’s check it out!


1. Schildergasse, Cologne



Schildergasse is one of the busiest and most-visited shopping streets in Europe. Over 13,000 people pass through it every hour, making it a popular shopping destination to explore on Germany vacation. Among all the visitors strolling across Schildergasse, some simply want to enjoy the tourist attractions, like the house Mirrweiler, an old pharmacy, and a church Goldhofapotheke Antonienkirche. And others who shop from some significant departmental stores or fashion outlets like Galeria Kaufhof, Zara, H&M, etc. Among all its offerings, Weltstadthaus remains the center of shopper’s attraction. Trust us, the streets of Schildergasse offer unbeatable shopping opportunities where you will find everything that you could ever wish for. 


Location: Schildergasse, 50667,  Köln, Deutschland

Timings: 10 A.M. to 8 P.M.


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2. Kaufingerstraße, Munich


Although there are various shopping centers in Munich, Kaufingerstraße is the oldest street and one of the most important places for shopping. It is yet another destination that records a large number of visitors, around 14,000 people. This shopping street lies on the western boundaries that run from the central square of the Bavarian capital, Marienplatz, to the intersection of Färbergraben and Augustinerstraße. What makes this place beautiful is that together with multi-storied department stores, you’ll find multiple medieval architectural pieces to admire. Also, it is one of those places which offers the opportunity to shop hot trends on Germany vacation all under one roof. Without a doubt, it is no less than a heaven for shopaholics.


Location: Kaufingerstraße, 80331 München, Germany, Munich

Timings: 9 A.M. to 8 P.M.


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3. Zeil, Frankfurt



Popularly known as Fifth Avenue of Germany, Zeil is one of the best shopping streets in the country. Right from Konstablerwache to Hauptwache, this entire place is lined up with the best brands, international stores, and chic boutiques that suit every taste and wallet. On a daily basis, this fantastic promenade hosts 12,040 visitors. Among all the stores, Zeilgalerie is the most incredible trip attraction to visit on your Germany vacation. It is a 10-story commercial complex with spectacular architecture from which you can enjoy breathtaking views of Frankfurt. This building is in a unique spiral design, which is quite interesting to witness from the inside. Apart from this, Goethestrasse, adjoining Zeilgalerie, is one of the best stores in Germany to shop designer jewelry. Regardless of what you are looking for, this place will definitely offer something unique and exciting for the shopaholic in you. 


Location: 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timings: 10 A.M. to 8 P.M.


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4. Mönckebergstraße, Hamburg


Among all the shopping thoroughfares of Hamburg city, Mönckebergstraße is one of the best places to visit. It is an enchanting pedestrian street that runs between the main train station and the historic City Hall and is an ideal place for those looking for a relaxed shopping experience. The main advantage of this shopping street is its convenient location, making it easily accessible for every visitor on their Germany vacation. Apart from visiting this street, you can also explore the churches of St. Petri and St. Jacobi. When it comes to shopping, it is one of the most special places for shopaholics with all the major retailers. There are things available for every taste and budget here, and in case one can’t find what they are looking for, they can move to Spitalerstraße. It is another famous shopping street you should plan to visit. This street is halfway connected with Mönckebergstraße and is perfect for shopping on your vacation.


Location: Mönckebergstraße, 20095 Hamburg, Germany

Timings: 10 A.M. to 7 or 8 P.M.


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5. Konigsallee & Schadowstrasse, Dusseldorf



Perched in the heart of Dusseldorf, this upscale promenade is one of the best places to shop on a Germany vacation. It is a place for international fashionistas with some of the renowned luxury brands like Prada, Gucci, Hermès, Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton. These stores are like a jewel on the crown that competes to see who glitters better. However, there are many more gems waiting to be discovered which will make them shine better. Not just Konigsallee, there's one more shopping destination in Dusseldorf called Schadowstrasse. It is another fantastic destination that hosts over 200 shops where you can easily find everything without breaking your bank. Unlike Konigsallee, this street offers high-end as well as local stores for fulfilling all the shopping desires. Make sure you pay a visit to these streets on your Germany vacation and enjoy shopping like never before. 


Location: Schadowstraße 93, 40212 Düsseldorf, Germany

Timings: 10 A.M. to 8 P.M.


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6. Kleinmarkthalle, Frankfurt


Kleinmarkthalle is another great addition to the list of shopping centers to uncover on Germany vacation. It is a market hall in the old town of Frankfurt am Main, which is perfect for the one-of-a-kind shopping experience. This place is an ideal blend of a traditional market atmosphere and a modern melting pot of international specialties. Kleinmarkthalle has over 60 retailers who sell fresh food, flowers, gourmet products, wine, seeds, regional specialties, and much more in one place. This entire place is spread across 1500 square meters and is great for shopping, eating, and mingling with locals. If grocery shopping is something that excites you, this is the place you must head to on your Germany vacation. Plan a visit and have an experience that you won’t get anywhere else.


Location: Hasengasse 5-7, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Timings: 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.


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Things To Know Before You Shop On Germany Vacation


- Credit Cards


While shopping on your Germany vacation, you can never assume every store will accept a credit card payment. Germans prefer cash, and because of this, you can easily find ATMs in large stores and shopping centers. So, if you are looking forward to the shopping experience, make sure you carry more cash.


- Tax/VAT


This is good news for all the shoppers planning to do some shopping on their Germany vacation. The price tags or menu only have the prices that a person is required to pay. There’s no tax over the written price. VAT is usually included in it and is not required to be paid separately. 


- Shopping Hours


Unlike America, in Germany, you can’t shop at any time of the day. In the country, all the shopping centers have a law that talks about the shopping hours in Europe. This law was introduced in 2006, and since then, 16 states of Germany have passed their own law regarding their opening and closing hours. 


Final Words:


“Regardless of what your heart desires, in Germany, you will get something to suit your taste.” Without a doubt, shopping in this country is equivalent to treating yourself to an unforgettable experience. To make it more memorable, keep this article by your side and make your shopping smoother and more enjoyable. Make sure you stop by these places on your Germany vacation. 



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