Gelsenkirchen shopping is centered around the Hochstraße (High Street) and Bahnhofsstraße. These thriving shopping streets are sure to offer everything you’re looking for during your stay in this German city.
Gelsenkirchen Shopping Tip
Just as with most cities in the Ruhrgebiet, Gelsenkirchen shops too aren’t open on Sundays, so if you are in town for a weekend trip, be sure to get your purchases made no later than Saturday!
Hours are generally Mondays through Fridays, from 9:30 am until 7:00 pm. Saturdays are slightly shorter, with closing times generally around 4pm. Some Thursdays and Fridays offer late night shopping until 8:00 pm but this can of course vary from shop to shop and district to district.
This Gelsenkirchen shopping street, Hochstraße is the High Street of the city. You’ll find the best of the best of shopping here, in the Buer district of town. This pedestrian paradise features great boutiques, specialty stores and a fine selection of restaurants to wind down in, after a long day of retail therapy.
Head on over to the Market Hall at Springeplatz for even more shopping and culinary opportunities.
And for those who don’t fancy a day shopping but are traveling with a shopaholic, the Hochstraße even has something for you. The Hochstraße is the site of the Municipal Museum and the Schauburg Cinema Center.
The second heart of the city can be found at Bahnhofsstraße, near the city train station. This Gelsenkirchen shopping street is another perfect location for a day of fun-filled shopping-treasure hunting. You’ll come across even more specialty shops in this pedestrian zone. Intimate boutiques stand side-by-side with enormous department stores, almost guaranteeing that you’ll find what you’re looking for, and even a few things that you never thought you’d find!
With all these retail opportunities, you might almost forget to take in the scenery. Don’t miss out on viewing some interesting works of art, impressive architecture and tree-lined streets as you buy souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones.