© Ken Wiedemann

You can find almost anything your heart desires in shops in Rhineland-Palatinate. You can shop at weekly markets, local shops, larger shopping centres or outlet centres.

Weekly markets are set up at designated locations, usually once or twice a week. You can find regional products there, sometimes at a slightly higher price than in the supermarkets.
Purchases at supermarkets are not bagged for you. You can purchase plastic or paper bags at the register. It can be advisable to bring a bag from home.
Another German specificity is the deposit system: A deposit is paid on nearly all beverage bottles and cans. You can return the empty containers to the supermarket to receive your deposit back.

The customary means of payment in Germany are cash, EC card or credit card. Many smaller shops only accept cash. EC cards are sometimes only accepted starting from a minimum purchase amount. Credit cards are not very common.

Business hours
  • Large stores, particularly in the city centres: Monday through Saturday, from 10 AM to 8 PM. Some supermarkets close as late as 10 PM or even midnight.
  • Smaller shops outside the city: Monday through Friday usually until 6 PM, on Saturdays until 2 PM or 4 PM.
  • Shops in train stations as well as petrol stations and very small shops known as “kiosks” are open outside these business hours. They sell food and beverage staples sometimes around the clock, including on Sundays and legal holidays.

Many cities also have “open Sundays” up to four times a year; more often in tourist destinations. Many businesses are open on these days, and customers can often enjoy live music and art displays in the city centre in addition to shopping.

Legal holidays

Germany has many holidays during the year that are often legal work holidays. Some holidays are specific to certain states; for example, our neighbours in Baden-Württemberg have a holiday on 6 January, which is a normal working day in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Most of the holidays are of Christian or national origin.

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