Outlet shopping in Germany

by Heather Ann Cosimo
Stripes Europe

Bargain hunters and savvy shoppers dream of deep discounts and deals. In Germany, outlet malls may be the answer to finding the sales and similar stores otherwise found in the States. Bargains abound, but do outlets meet the high expectations of shoppers? To get the most out of your shopping trip go for the selection and wide variety of choices. Styles may be from last season and the colors may not be “in” at the time, but savings up to 70% are an appealing draw. As with any store or mall, some will disappoint and others will exceed expectations.  

Ingolstadt Village
Otto-Hahn-Str. 1, 85055 Ingolstadt

For special discounts and hot deals, head to Ingolstadt Village where the philosophy is “exclusive fashion brands at attractive prices.” Over 75 designer brands are on sale for women, men and children. Discounts are consistently between 30%-60% year round and at certain times the prices are reduced even further. Ingolstadt Village is only a fifty-minute drive north of Munich and boasts over 1,000 free parking spaces. Shop the 60 plus boutiques lining the outdoor pedestrian area. Credit cards are accepted and cash point facilities are conveniently located on the grounds. Currently, the Ingolstadt Village does not have Sunday hours. Daily opening hours: Monday—Saturday 10 a.m. 8 p.m.  

Zweibrücken - The Style Outlets
Londoner Bogen 10-90, 66482 Zweibrücken

Situated 42 kilometers from Ramstein and 116 kilometers from Trier is Zweibrücken - The Style Outlets. Choose from more than 50 brand name boutiques spread out over 15,000 square meters. Shop Armani, Diesel, Mango, Quiksilver and many other brand name stores.  Merchandise is marked with two prices: “before” and “after”, allowing you to calculate your savings at a glance. Take a break from the racks in one of the restaurants or the children’s play area. At least one Sunday a month, the stores are open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Check the website to confirm dates. Free parking is available.  Zweibrücken Regular daily hours are Monday—Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Outletcity Metzingen
Reutlinger Str. 63, 72555 Metzingen

Metzingen is a good example of what happens to a city when it turns into an outlet center. Proudly known as the capital of German Factory Outlet Stores, Metzingen maintains a worldwide reputation for bargains. Setting itself apart from other outlet centers, the layout is unique with over 40 factory outlet stores located within the city limits. Browse the factory outlet stores of Hugo Boss, Adidas, Espirit, Miss Sixty, Polo Ralph Lauren and many other leading international brands. Most of the factory stores are near the city center and can be reached by foot through the inner city. The Metzingen train station is located in the inner city and Stuttgart Airport is approximately 20 kilometers away. Shopping on Sunday is possible on select days.  


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