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Helpful Tips To Keep In Mind When Shopping In Germany

shop germanyA travel experience is not complete without shopping. Most people who visit Germany are in search for memorabilia rather than purchasing expensive items like clothes and other stuff. However, for you to have a wonderful shopping experience in Germany, you have to consider the following tips:

  • In Germany, stores are usually close on Sundays and Holidays. Before a long weekend, you will find shoppers all around the mall, especially on Saturdays. You also have to check the mall schedules during Saturdays because a lot of small stores close early.
  • In Germany, store employees know what they are talking about. If you are unsure of something, then feel free to ask the store employees and they will be more than willing enough to help you with your concerns.

Street markets

Are you looking for fresh foods? If yes, then you cannot only find them at the local shops, but also in markets. It would help a lot if you are going to ask the town hall about the schedule of street markets. I really love shopping in street markets because I can shop for fresh foods without compromising my budget.

What about online shopping in Germany?

Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular in Germany. Most people in Germany order goods and services online. There are highly reputable sites that sell high quality products exclusively for people in Germany. If you are not happy with the quality of items, then don’t worry because you can return the goods within 14 working days. To prevent any problems, it would help a lot if you are going to read legal notice of online shopping sites. That way, you will know what to expect when placing your order.


If you are in doubt of something, then you can ask the store employee, but the thing is that if you can’t find someone to help you, then go to the checkout and ask them to send help for you. The German culture is basically assertive and strong, but set aside your emotion.

When Is The Best Time To Shop In Germany

germanyGermany has a very restricted shopping hour. In fact, all German speaking countries have a limited shopping hour. Do not go shopping on Sundays because in Germany Sunday is for relaxation. It is not intended for shopping. The same thing goes for holidays. The best time to shop in Germany is during weekdays from 8AM to 9PM. Only gas stations are open after 8PM.

The use of credit card

In Europe, credit cards are accepted but most stores prefer cash. As a matter of fact, you will be able to earn discounts if you use cash. Hence, before falling in love with what you see, you should ask first if credit card is accepted. Can you bargain? Of course yes, but it varies from one country to another. It is best to ask first if the price is negotiable. You know very well that haggling commonly takes place in the market.

Additional tips

When shopping, it would be convenient if you are going to bring your own shopping bag or else you will end up paying for a plastic bag to carry your stuffs with you. When in the grocery, the trend is to bag it yourself. Don’t expect that cashiers will bag your groceries for you.