Sunday Shopping

After battling with a persistent flu for over a week it is time for a small blog post. I actually tried to write something before but no coherent thought was possible with constant headaches, running nose and coughing. Enough of my excuses and I present you here again some fun fact about Germany.

A little fire

Sunday shopping sounds not too strange for most people. Well, Germany is a bit different. Here we have the “Ladenschlussgesetz/ Shop Closing Law” which determines when retail stores have to be closed. Sundays and public holidays is a dead zone in the cities, Monday through Saturday stores need to be closed before 6 AM and after 8 pm followed with the tricky December the 24th where shops needs to be closed already after 2pm. Sounds stupid and in fact the law was a bit changed in 2006 when the different  German States got the power to decide themselves how the law is applied. Because of this the different States have different opening hour regulations. We live in Schleswig-Holstein where shops are allowed to be open at any given time from Monday till Saturday so we have it pretty good compared to conservative Bavarians who still follow the old Shop Closing Law.

Nathan’s new favorite truck

Now coming to the Sunday Shopping. As Germany has a predominant Christian population and is one of those old creepy countries, work is by tradition and religion prohibited on Sundays. Okay this sounds a bit harsh, it is not prohibited but nothing is opened on Sundays so you better get all shopping done by Saturday. However cities are allowed to have this thing called Sunday Shopping which they may have up to four times a year. As they are so rare most cities try to make together with bigger shops some kind of event out of it. We had the first Sunday Shopping of the year on the 5th of February in my hometown and we decided to check it out. No not because we wanted to go shopping but to see what the event would be like.

Must have been cold wearing that!


In the market square was a small stage with live music, a fire to warm up and the volunteer fire department were presenting themselves in order to recruit for their youth division.  There were also some artists and a fire show which we kind of missed each time it was on. One of the artist was walking on stilts with an interesting costume making her look like some kind of firebird/phoenix . Nathan was at first amazed by her but then he realised that she was just too tall so he decided that running away is the best option.


The reason why we missed the fire show was because we were busy eating cakes in a new cafe. This cafe just open recently with the great name “Layali Lebnan – Köstlichkeiten aus 1001 Nacht/ Delights of 1001 Nights”. As you might guess from the name it is not a German cafe and that is also why it is so great. The cakes and pastries were just amazing and so different compared what the standard bakeries here are offering. Even my mother who is always so annoying  with food enjoyed it so it must be pretty good. I know that this cafe will be visited more often this year by us.

I am hungry again

So that was it, our first Sunday Shopping (more like Sunday cake eating) in 2017. I actually do look forward to the following Sunday Shopping dates this year as they seem to be interesting with their special events and artists.

#Nathancuty approves

What are the opening hours in your country?

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32 thoughts on “Sunday Shopping”

  1. Why don’t you have a flu vaccine jab? In UK it costs £10 from your local pharmacist and is usually available in September; I imagine it is the same in Germany

    1. They have them here as well and I believe they are even for free. Due to my illness in 2015 I still had some certain medications till end of 2016 which made it impossible for me to get vaccinated. This autumn I will definitely visit the doctor, no interest in being down due to the flu again any time soon

  2. In Virginia, U.S.A., there are “blue laws” that prohibit the sale of alcohol on certain days or hours (often Sundays). In Utah, the Mormons promoted “Monday evenings at home.” In New Hampshire, the post office opens at 7:30 AM and closes with most stores by 5 PM.

    But close? Completely? On a weekend? Never!

    1. Sounds very interesting how different the opening times are depending on the state. When you go here on a Sunday to the city it is like a ghost town. In Finland it is the same for most stores that they are closed on sundays but there are in the big cities a few grocery stores which are open 24/7

  3. In Australia the shops are open full swing on the weekend. But in some country towns they are shut, dead quiet on weekends because, well, who goes there and for them, weekends are relaxing. The shop times in the city, they close around 6, 8pm on weekdays which to me is quiet early compared to the cities in Asia. I generally like the shops open late so I can go to them after work.

    Hope you are feeling better and the trip didn’t leave you too run down. Maybe you need more hot chocolate 😊

    1. I also prefer longer opening hours as it is such a hassle to get your groceries when working full time and the stores are closed by the time you get back from work.
      Surprisingly I felt rather good on that Sunday but the following days were again a mess. By now I am more or less alright again and only feel a bit weak so I guess some hot chocolate might be just perfect

      1. I also wonder who goes to the shops on weekdays in the day. Maybe housewives, some students…probably not a lot of working people. It is so annoying when I need something like food and the shop closed after work. Thankfully city life this is not the case.

        You probably need a big dose of hot chocolate to keep the cold away for good 😏

      2. 6pm is very early. Here in Melbourne in the city, at least we have the main grocery shops open until 10pm or midnight. Late night shopping on Thursdays is also happening here, thankfully – but only until 8pm or 9pm 😛

  4. It sounds like fun. In the US (at least around here) most of the shops are open every day. Some grocery stores stay open all night.

    When we lived in Port, Vila, Vanuatu, stores were closed from Saturday noon until Monday morning. There weren’t many stores, so it didn’t matter much.

    Nathan is getting big. Still very, very handsome.

    1. Here the city center is like a ghost town each Sunday. The funny thing is that i never cared about it till my first trip to China where the stores are open every day till late night.
      Nathan is really growing up quickly and it is interesting to see how he learns to speak so many different languages

      1. We Americans are jealous of European’s ability to speak so many different languages. We’re so monolingual. Good for Nathan.

  5. I LOVE the costume of the lady in orange! So beautiful and unique but I understand why Nathan got scared. Whenever I think of Germany, I think of this modern country (something like the Netherlands), but whenever I read your blogs I realize that the traditional culture in Germany is very much alive! 🙂 I’d love to take part in Sunday shopping days like that – they sound like fun. Well in Nepal since Christianity is a minority religion, Sunday is a normal working day. In Finland, well you know how it is there 😀 Here in Poland, the opening hours in shops on Sundays are shorter but not as ridiculously short as in Germany 😀 So people can shop on Sundays as well with no hurries. Most major shopping centers are opened/closed just 1 hour or so earlier/later than other days, but the small shops might sometimes stay closed.

    1. For someone like me who grew up in Finland and Germany it is just so weird when shops are opened on Sundays 😀
      I remember when I was first time in China that I was so surprised to see on Sundays shops open till 10pm!

  6. Nathan is so big already!!!!

    In China everything is opened on Sundays as you know haha. Except the banks and I think the post office. In Spain everything is closed on Sunday, like in Germany. Except maybe shops in very touristy places. Ah, and Chinese bazaars, those don’t ever close hahaha.

    1. Yeah that little monster is growing up quickly.
      China is very nice compared to the countries I have lived so far when thinking about the convinience of shopping. I remember back when I still had training camps in Spain it was always a nightmare to buy stuff as the only time we had a little break was during the Siesta :p

  7. Ruhetag has a downside on this point. Everything closed on Sundays is really a shock to me when I came to Germany.Same in Holland as well. In Ph,Sunday is a family day and many families enjoy it outdoors and having some retail theraphy. All shops & stores are open, the city centers are so alive.
    In Kw, shops only closed during Ramadan esp. during fasting.But after the ‘ Iftar’,restaurants & malls opens again until 1am or so.
    And Friday is the rest day but all shops are open except for some special supplies stores.
    I missed the longer mall hours as well that you can still do some errands.

    But here…Oh well I do my grocery shopping on Friday afternoon after work just for us to enjoy Saturday to the fullest.

  8. Holy crap, when did Nathan grow up? My goodness. How old is he now?

    Actually, I enjoyed reading about your country’s Sunday shopping. It does seem unique and a great idea to turn it into something special. Most cities just close up on Sunday and that’s that!

    1. He turned today just three 🙂
      I wonder when this whole Sunday Shopping started as I certainly do not remember it before moving to Finland back in 2007. But then again I was perhaps just too focused on my sports and studies

      1. In fact it is rather strange as it seems to be no problem in case a assigned parking lot is right next to a tree however in case you are out in the nature it is not allowed to just randomnly park right next to a tree…
        The thing is you don’t even learn it in driving school it is just some insane law some municipalities have (same as having rules about BBQ in your own garden)

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