Shopping in Bavaria
Shopping in Bavaria is a unique experience. Far from just providing the typical high street shopping available in almost any anonymous pedestrian precinct anywhere in Europe Bavaria’s towns and cities offer a truly individual and unique shopping experience. Contemporary architecture and history teamed with inimitable Bavarian traditions make parting with your money an absolute pleasure! Fashion, design, culinary delicacies, regional produce, crafts and artefacts are all popular purchases for visitors to the state. Combine this with a night in one of our Bavarian Sightsleeping-Hotels and your shopping extravaganza instantly becomes the perfect combination of entertainment, culture appreciation and relaxation.
Fünf Höfe in Munich
The spacious Fünf Höfe shopping centre stretches from Marienplatz to Odeonsplatz and is bordered by Theatinerstrasse, Maffeistrasse, Kardinal-Faulhaberstrasse and Salvatorstraße. Stroll through the arcades and courtyards and enjoy the 21st century way to discover the historic city centre of Munich. The Fünf Höfe comprises some 14,000 m2 of space housing 54 retail premises and some 2,500 m2 of catering outlets comprising eight cafés and restaurants. The Hypo-Kulturstiftung art gallery is one of Munich city centre’s leading cultural attractions.
UNESCO World Heritage City of Regensburg
The winding alleyways of the Regensburg city centre which is a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site bestow a unique Italian flair on the numerous retail outlets to be found there. Shopping in such well-preserved and unusual historic settings is an experience second to none.
Further information: Tourist-Information; Altes Rathaus; Rathausplatz 4; tel.: +49(0)941 5074410; email: email@example.com; www.regensburg.de
Franconia’s award-winning, top quality wines bottled in those very distinctively shaped bottles have earned the wines world-fame. Wine connoisseurs delight in the unparalleled bouquet of the fruity yet dry Franconian wines. Some 6,000 hectares of picturesque vineyards not only produce some of the very best white wines but also red wines that are in great demand. Not only are the wines an experience in themselves but the ambiance of the wine cellars, the wine-tasting bars and the region’s convivial wine festivals is a delight not to be missed.
Further information: Franconian wine and wine holidays in Franconia
Ingolstadt Village Outlet Center
The Ingolstadt Village Designer Outlet is not far from Munich. The architecture of Germany’s very latest Chic Outlet Shopping® attraction reflects not only the decorative art nouveau style but also the more traditional industrial designs of the early 20th century. Amidst this elegant setting design and fashion brand names from both Germany and the international market can showcase their wares in exquisite boutiques.
Further information: Ingolstadt Village; Otto-Hahn-Straße 1; 85055 Ingolstadt; tel.: +49 (0)841 8863100; email: Ingolstadt@ValueRetail.com; www.IngolstadtVillage.com
Handwerkerhof (Craftmen’s Yard) am Königstor, Nuremberg
Located on the site of Nuremberg’s erstwhile armoury this cultural oasis which was established in the Dürer celebratory year of 1971 has delighted millions of visitors from all over the world. Set up against the old city walls the yard is almost like a small medieval microcosm that appeals to one and all and not just the romantics amongst us. The yard gives visitors the opportunity to experience first hand some ancient, traditional crafts and to enjoy a wealth of culinary delights at the same time.
Nuremberg’s world famous sausages know as Nürnberger Bratwürste, Franconian beer and wine specialities, original Nuremberg Lebkuchen in all its glory, toys, art work and a wide variety of excellent gifts. Everything that has led to Nuremberg’s world fame can be experienced here whilst you enjoy a gentle stroll through the streets lined with typical Franconian half-timbered buildings housing a wide variety of craft workshops. Step through one of the historic gateways and step back in time and enjoy how here in the Craftmen’s Yard the clocks turn just that little bit slower.
Further information: tel.: +49 (0)911 98833590; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.handwerkerhof.de
Master violin makers and plucked instrument makers in Mittenwald
The craft of making violins, violas, celli, double basses, historic stringed instruments and plucked instruments in Mittenwald can look back on centuries of tradition. In the true sense of the saying, in Mittenwald the sky is full of fiddles as the windowsills and balconies and the sun terrace of the violin making school are full of violins hanging up to dry and to darken in colour. The deep affection for the so-called “Mittenwalderinnen“ – a violin made in Mittenwald dates way back to the 18th century. The violins’ great reputation is all down to the Mittenwald violinmaker Matthias Klotz (1653 – 1743) who brought the art and inspiration of violin making back to his hometown on his return from Italy. Mittenwald today is still home to numerous violin and plucked instrument master craftsmen.
Further information: Tourist-Information Mittenwald; Dammkarstr. 3; 82481 Mittenwald; tel.: +49 (0)8823 33981; email: email@example.com; www.mittenwald.de
Wood carving in Oberammergau
Today there are some 60 wood carvers in Oberammergau who earn their living by carving anything and everything from utensils through to statues of saints. The wood carving industry in Oberam mergau can be traced right back to the Middle Ages. The earliest recorded mention is a report from 1111 describing how monks from Rottenbuch in the Ammergau brought to the Berchtesgadener Land the art of carving all kinds of household items out of wood. It is presumed that the tradition of carving religious figures dates back to the first pilgrimages to Ettal.
Further information: Ammergauer Alpen GmbH; Eugen-Papst-Str. 9a;
82487 Oberammergau; tel.: +49 (0)8822 922740; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.oberammergau.de
Schott Zwiesel (Crystal)
Zwiesel Kristallglas AG produces hand blown glass as well as machine produced glass items. Crystal gift items and glasses as far as the eye can see all sold under the world famous brand names of "Schott Zwiesel" and "Zwiesel 1872". The outlet also sells heat and cold resistant items manufactured "Jenaer Glas" in Jena.
Further information: Zwiesel Kristallglas Werksverkauf; Dr.-Schott-Straße 35; 94227 Zwiesel; tel.: +49 (0)9922 98249; www.zwiesel-kristallglas.com
Joska Kristall (Crystal)
Elegant wine glasses and Bavarian style wheat beer glasses, glamorous chandeliers and glittering glass animals, glass flowers and sparkling cups, at JOSKA Kristall you can find a combination of true works of art and state-of-the-art designs, the traditional and the innovative. Joska Kristallwelt is also one of our Kinderland partners and offers a whole range of exciting family-friendly glass-related activities.
Further information: JOSKA KRISTALL GmbH & Co. KG; Am Moosbach 1;
94249 Bodenmais; tel.: +49 (0)9924 7790; www.joska.com