On the high street
By law, stores in most German states are allowed to open from 6 am to 8 pm, Monday to Saturday. Sunday is considered a day of rest and most shops, with the exception of those in airports, petrol and train stations (and some tourist shops), are closed. The same applies to public holidays.
The main shopping area in Munich is in the city centre around Marienplatz, the main square. The pedestrian zone boasts large department stores, shopping arcades, international fashion stores and souvenir shops, as well as some restaurants, cafés and bars. Department stores and shops in the city centre are generally open from 10 am to 8 pm (Monday to Saturday).
Most souvenir shops can be found in the immediate vicinity of Marienplatz or around the famous “Hofbräuhaus” (royal brewery). Munich’s most expensive shopping avenue, Maximilianstrasse, boasts luxury shops carrying international designer labels.
At the mall
In the outskirts of Munich, you will mostly find shopping malls. They include shops selling homeware, books and electronics, food, fashion and so on. There is one such shopping mall, “Riem Arcaden”, close to the New Trade Fair centre and about 7 kilometres from G&D’s headquarters. There is also a branch of “Media Markt”, the largest electronic store in Germany, very close to G&D.
The price displayed is the final price in Germany, and taxes (such as VAT) are always included. The most popular means of payment are either cash or debit card, which immediately deducts the amount from your account. However, credit cards such as MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. Some shops may ask you to show ID when paying by credit card.
The following discount outlet stores offer top-quality designer fashion, jewellery, shoes and household items reduced by up to 70%:
Ingolstadt Village outlet centre (approx. 80 km N of Munich)
Metzingen (approx. 200 km NW of Munich): Hugo Boss, Jil Sander and other designers
Herzogenaurach (approx. 200 km N of Munich): PUMA and Adidas
Wertheim (approx. 300 km NW of Munich): 100 luxury outlet boutiques, e.g. Versace
Salzburg (approx. 150 km SE of Munich): right next to Salzburg International Airport