Shopping in Germany
In every German town centre there is a pedestrian shopping area, called “Fussgängerzone”. Between restaurants, coffee shops (Cafés), ice cream parlours, fashion boutiques, jewellers, shoe shops and numerous specialised shops you will usually find huge “Kaufhäuser”, multi-storied warehouses such as HORTEN, KAUFHOF or KARSTADT, which offer basically everything, from cosmetics over food, toys, kitchen ware, books, sports equipment, hardware, stationery to clothing of any kind. The biggest and most famous Kaufhaus is the KADEWE in Berlin. It first opened in 1907 and offers a shopping – and Gourmet – experience not to be missed.
By the way: There is WOOLWORTH in Germany as well. However, contrary to South Africa, products’ quality is rather low here.
Fashion and Textiles
Clothing is of higher quality in Germany but rather more expensive than in South Africa. The biggest fashion warehouse chain is called C&A. Prices are relatively moderate here, the quality is good.
Computers and Electronics
Computers and electronic equipment can be purchased best at SATURN or MEDIA MARKT – huge specialised warehouses with prices normally far below the South African standard.
Food is cheaper in Germany, the quality is higher and the range of food items as well. If you want to buy exceptionally cheap, go to ALDI, LIDL or PLUS, discount food stores which you will find everywhere. Quality is – despite the low prices – excellent.
If you are visiting Germany during December, don’t forget to go to one of the festive and romantic Christmas markets. You do not neccessarily have to travel to the famous “Christkindlmarkt” in Nuremberg. There are over 2,500 Christmas markets in the country today, all sparkling with thousands of Christmas lights and with the delicious aromas of Glühwein, roasted almonds, ginger bread and Bratwurst in the air.