Shopping Hours


Shopping hours may come as a bit of a surprise to newcomers.

Forget Sunday — nothing is open. If you haven't been organized you'll need to go to a gas station or train station (only the main station!) to get milk and staples!

As of March 2010, no alcohol may be sold in kiosks, supermarkets or gas stations after 10 pm in Baden-Württemberg. This does not apply to restaurants and bars.

The only exception for Sunday shopping are the bakeries and flower shops — many of which are open on Sunday mornings.

Most larger shops and chain stores in Karlsruhe are open 10am - 8pm Monday through Saturday in the center of town.

Smaller shops will close at 1pm on Saturday.

In the suburbs and villages — shops are likely to be closed on Wednesday afternoon and close around 1 pm on Saturday. Many of the larger supermarkets found on the edge of suburbs and villages are open until 9 or 10 pm Monday through Saturday.

On the bright side, reasonably priced restaurants are plentiful.

There are occassional "Late Night Shopping" evenings and "Sunday Shopping" (Verkaufsoffene Sonntag) days during the year which can vary from town to town, suburb to suburb and even shop to shop.


Shopping Areas

The main shopping street in Karlsruhe is the Kaiserstraße. There are many smaller stores just off this street, so take the time to explore. Two indoor malls are the Post Gallerie at Europaplatz and ECE Center at Ettlinger Tor.

Each Karlsruhe neighborhood also has a selection of independent and chain stores.


Food and Markets

Besides the daily outdoor food markets, food from specific countries can be found in specialty stores — in Karlsruhe, there are specialty stores for Asian, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and more. Karlsruhe is also home to a number of full-service organic (Bio) supermarkets.