After moving to a new country, it is beneficial to find ways to relax, unwind, and pamper yourself. One way to accomplish that is through shopping. You get to walk around, take in the sights of this new and fascinating place, and you get to treat yourself to whatever foods and items strike your fancy. It is often referred to as retail therapy for a reason.
In the United States, outlet shopping is not as popular as shopping at a traditional mall. In fact, outlet stores in the United States are often associated with bargain bins, messy sales racks, and poor neighborhoods. In Europe, however, outlet malls and outlet shopping centers are places of luxury and comfort, and Germany is no exception to this.
Why Shop at an Outlet?
With the many chic and posh European designers, there needed to be a place to sell their clothing, accessories, and items that had gone out of season and out of style. With outlet shopping malls, those designers can take the out of season items out of their stores, but still make a small profit off of those items. Those items are then placed in outlet shops and the prices are heavily discounted. Outlet shops are win-win for both the designers and the customers.
Outlet Shopping Centers
Major outlet developer, Value Retail, opened luxury outlet shopping malls throughout Europe, including the three largest outlet shopping centers in Germany. These outlet shopping centers are the Ingolstadt Village, the Wertheim Village, and the Maasmechelen Village. The Ingolstadt Village, which is located near the city of Munich, offers over 70 boutiques and over 75 designer label shops. The Wertheim Village, which is near the city of Frankfurt, offers over 85 boutiques and over 100 designer label shops. These outlet shopping centers offer high quality luxury shopping for visitors, with adorable cafes and comfortable restaurants, where you can stop to relax and have a bite to eat or grab a coffee before continuing with your shopping experience.
Other Outlet Shops
In addition to the main outlet shopping centers mentioned above, there are also many outlet shops scattered all over Germany. With a simple internet search, you should be able to find the locations of the nearest outlet shops to you, or the nearest specific outlet shops if you have a certain store or brand in mind. There are outlet shops and shopping centers in or near most every major city in Germany, so the shopping experience you are looking for is never far away.
The major outlet shopping centers sometimes have information available in English, if you still are not good with German yet. Also, the large outlet shopping centers accept most major credit cards.
Outlet shopping can be a fun, relaxing, and extravagant event. When you get the opportunity, treat yourself to a day of shopping. You will have the chance to enjoy your new home country, and get to observe and interact with new people in this culture that is still new to you. Plus, you get to spoil yourself with some gifts.