Dortmund shopping is known as the “shopper’s paradise.” As the fourth largest shopping city after the Big Three (Berlin, Frankfurt and Hamburg), souvenir-hunters and hardcore shoppers should find many things to purchase here.
Dortmund Shopping Tip
Most German shops aren’t open on Sundays, so if you are in town for a weekend trip, be sure to get your purchases made on Saturday! Hours are generally Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 am to 8 pm. Select local stores and supermarkets open earlier.
The Westenhellweg is a Dortmund shopping quarter which has featured merchants selling their wares since the time of Charlemagne (roughly 1200 years ago)! It was also an important route for the military. These days you are much more likely to find internationally-known department stores like C&A and Karstadt.
If you’re searching for some classy, sophisticated fashions, then Kleppingstraße is the destination for you. Specializing in understatement and elegance, this shopping street is home to many upscale clothing and accessory boutiques. Don’t forget your credit card! ;-)
Dortmund’s newest and trendiest shopping spot is becoming more and more popular. The under-25 crowd is especially courted by these boutiques and fashion shops. Recently renovated, the Brückstraße can be found near the Wallring road just around the city center. There are plenty of cafes in the area for a quick pick-me-up when you’ve shopped til you’ve dropped. ;-)
Those who are looking for a good variety of designer shops should head to the Propstei Arcades. Located just south of the Westenhellweg and not far from the Opera House, this Dortmund shopping mall is a growing attraction.
Dortmund Christmas Market
Boasting one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany, this Dortmund shopping event is a big attraction. It usually hosts about 300 kiosks, which are set up around an enormous 45 m (147 ft) Christmas tree. Browse the goods while sipping a cup of traditional mulled wine, called Glühwein, for the ultimate German yuletide experience!