Distance from base: 160 km
You are a shopaholic and love shopping then sign up for one of our shopping trips. ITT takes you to large outlet centers and shopping malls that leave nothing to be desired. Don't worry about parking or about beeing stressed before you even get there. Book a seat on our bus and nap while we drive you to the shopping area. The bus also provides lots of space for your shopping bags.
Girls day out...
Spend the day Christmas shopping at one of Germany’s largest Fashion Outlet Centers, which was built on an old US Air Base. On about 21.000m² there are about 120 attractive stores offering trendy fashion and lifestyle products by renowned international labels. The mall presents creations from the top global fashion capitals like Paris, Milan and New York. Whatever your preferred look, be it sporty casual or smart business, you’ll find just what you are looking for. Be inspired by over 120 premium brands from A like Asics to Z like Zwilling. More than 3 million visitors come to the mall each year. There are also several restaurants and cafes in the middle of the establishment which invite to take a break.
Good to know:
Tax-free shopping is a service for all non-EU citizens – save the value-added tax on your purchases from Zweibrücken Fashion Outlet.Ask for your tax-free forms in the boutique. Show your purchases, receipts and your passport to customs as you leave the European Union. They will stamp your “tax-free shopping” forms. Simply show the stamped forms and your passport at their fund office at the airport and the value-added tax will be reimbursed to you, either in cash or to your credit card. Please note that tax-free shopping is exclusively available to non-EU citizens. Further information about tax-free shopping is available at www.globalblue.com and www.premiertaxfree.com.
Enjoy a day full of shopping in Mainz and Wiesbaden.
Mainz, capital of the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate and an old university town, lies on the left bank of the Rhine, opposite the mouth of the River Main (hence its name). One of the oldest cities in Europe, Mainz can trace its roots back to the 1st century AD, when the Romans built a fortress here.
Mainz is famous for its printing heritage. Here first movable metal type printing press was created. Mainz has retained its importance as a hub for some of Germany's oldest publishing houses.
Church of St. Stephan
The 14th-century Gothic Collegiate Church of St. Stephan (St. Stephan zu Mainz, or Stephanskirche) can trace its roots as far back as AD 990. (Address: Kleine Weißgasse 12)
The spectacular six-towered catholic Cathedral of St. Martin and St. Stephen (Mainzer Dom) ranks along with the cathedrals of Speyer and Worms as one of the supreme achievements of Romanesque religious architecture on the Upper Rhine. Construction started in AD 975, but most of the building dates from the 11th to the 13th centuries. (Address: Markt 10)
The Gutenberg Museum
Located in the beautiful old Zum Römischen Kaiser house dating from 1664, the museum is dedicated to the world of printing and is the largest of its kind in the world. (Address: Liebfrauenplatz 5)
Mainz features many shopping areas: Market square, Am Brand, old town, Schillerplatz, Roemerpassage and City Mile.
The Cathedral and Market square mark the centre of the inner city. Every Saturday there is a market with fresh products and the lively atmosphere making it one of the finest in the region. Here you will find textile stores, specialist shops and outdoor cafés with a view of the Cathedral.
The shopping centre Am Brand, is a veritable shopping paradise for modern people. The various young fashion boutiques attract young people in particular.
In old town the variety of original and individual shops, service providers, pubs and wine taverns make every shopping expedition surprisingly new. You will find over 100 shops with antiques, art, designer articles and gifts, delicatessen and fashion lifestyle, and in between many wine taverns and bistros with international cuisine.
At Schillerplatz you will find a good selection of Mainz specialist shops with a high quality range of goods. There are clothing, jewellery, photographic and furniture shops.
The Römerpassage is a very modern shopping-mall constructed on historic groundworks. Specialized shops are beside retail-stores of well-known chains.
The large department stores, up-to-the-minute retailers, well sorted specialized shops, shops with local specialties and stand-up cafés meet your large and small wishes along the City Mile.
Nerobergbahn & Neroberg:
This is one of the only funicular railways in the world and the only one in Germany still using water ballast as a propulsion system. Water is pumped into the train at the top of the hill to make it heavier than the one at the bottom, and as this train descends the slope, a steel cable pulls the up-bound car to the top.
From this 245-metre hill you'll have a superb view of the Rhine Valley as far as the city of Mainz to the south. The centrepiece is a Classical Monopteros temple, where the best view of Wiesbaden can be had. There’s also a sleek, Art Deco-style open air pool, the Opelbad, a rope course with 80 obstacles in the forest and an amphitheatre for summer events.
The best-known and hottest spring in Wiesbaden is Kochbrunnen (Cooking Fountain), which emerges on its namesake square at 66°C. There’s also a drinking water fountain on the square under a Neo-Baroque pavilion.
The spring was first recorded in the 14th century, and that water is forced up from a depth of 2,000 metres.
One of the most beautiful properties on the banks of the Rhine, Biebrich Palace is a Baroque residence begun at the start of the 18th century.
Wiesbaden also offers many shopping areas. The shopping streets of Langgasse and Kirchgasse stretch out for about one kilometer. There are large chain stores as well as smaller, privately-owned boutiques lining this shopping zone in a pedestrian area.
The Altstadt und Markt area offers a wonderful opportunity for shopping amid the historical gems of Wiesbaden. This Wiesbaden shopping district specializes in luxury items, like olive oil, wine, exotic spices, jewelry and leather goods. One of the highlights of the Altstadt is its goldsmiths where you can watch these masters at work.
Those in search of antiques will find themselves right at home on the Taunusstraße. This is the go-to place for old and priceless treasure hunting!
If you want the latest in haute couture, then Wilhelmstraße is the place for you. In addition to the hottest designers, you can also scope out fine jewelry, Italian shoes, handcrafted furniture and even more gold.
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