Germans love shopping. However, if you visit Germany you will be somewhat disappointed to know that the malls in Germany are not as well developed as the malls you used to. The good news is that you can find a number of big box stores in Germany. You can find stores that specialize in:
- Do-it-yourself stores
- Hyper stores offering a huge array of household goods, groceries, pet supplies, clothing and so on
- German discounters specializing in selling various things at unbeatable prices
The public transport system in Germany is very good, especially if you are going to shop downtown. There is no need for you to bring your car when shopping. Shopping is even made a pleasant experience because of outdoor cafes, benches, sidewalk, weekly fruit, fountains, market stands, and the likes.
If you don’t like the idea of shopping in a huge store, then there are a few small shops that offer a huge array of goods such as leather goods, china, shoes, electrical supplies, optical and musical instruments, flowers, books, sports equipment, and candles, among many others. However, these small shops charge higher prices.
Germany is equipped with shops that sell everything you needs. You can find small shops, butcher’s hop, and baker’s shops in almost all residential areas. However, if you want to purchase clothes, garments, electrical equipment, and household goods, then you need to travel to the town centres, especially in the primary shopping streets.
Shopping hour in Germany is different than the usual shopping hours. Hence, you have to be aware of your store’s opening hours for they are not open round the clock. Basically, most stores in Germany close around 6PM to 8PM. Do not go shopping on Sundays because stores are closed at that time. In Germany, what you see is what you actually get. The displayed price is inclusive of value added tax.