Shopping for longer in Hessen

Hessen has changed it’s laws on shop opening hours. From 1st December onwards, shops can stay open round the clock from Monday to Saturday, Sundays and Bank Holidays are generally only allowed for six hours – and only then after the main church services.

Well, living in Hessen I’m waiting to see if any of the shops in Oberursel extend their hours. In the town centre the shops shut on Saturday at 1pm at the moment, even though they could stay open a lot longer. So maybe this new law won’t make that much difference and only one or two large supermarkets will stay open any longer.

One large shopping centre, “Main-Taunus-Zentrum”, is trialling longer hours in December, so maybe we will go there and try out the late-night shopping.

We’re used to the 24-hours supermarkets in England and it’s always a highlight of our trips there to go out shoppinig in the middle of the night to stock up on the things we want to bring back to Germany with us.


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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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