Sunday Shopping in Berlin 2017

Berlin Sunday Shopping - Late Night Shop Spätkauf

After the German “Ladenschlussgesetz” (‘business hours law’) it is normally not allowed to open regular shops on Sundays. So basically shops all across Germany are closed on Sundays. But of course for every rule there are exceptions – and this makes it very well possible to go shopping on Sundays. At least on some Sundays and/or in certain areas. On this page I’ll try to give you a broad overview of the different options you have if you want to go shopping on a Sunday.

The German law used to be very strict about the opening hours. And even today owners of ‘regular shops’ like department stores and shoe shops still risk losing their license if they open their shop on a regular Sunday. But on some Sundays throughout the year it is actually allowed to have your shop open. And in some ‘high profile’ areas, where lots of travelers are expected that might be in need of this and that, shop keepers are even allowed to have their shops open every Sunday.

Since 2009 the Berlin business hours law is as follows: on up to eight Sundays per year shops keepers may have their doors open for business. Two of these eight Sundays are reserved for the Holiday Season – the Christmas Shopping Time. Four more Sundays are announced by the Berlin City Council – and two Shopping Sundays can be chosen by the shop keepers themselves. Here is the official list of Berlin Shopping Sundays for the year 2017:

Berlin Sunday Shopping in 2017

  • 07. May 2017: 54th Berlin Theater Meeting / Berliner Theatertreffen 2017
  • 03. September 2017: IFA Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin 2017
  • 01. October 2017: Feier zum Tag der Deutschen Einheit, Eröffnungswochenende Berlin leuchtet – Lichterfest 2017
  • 05. November 2017: Jazzfest Berlin 2017
  • 03.December 2017: Various Berlin Christmas Markets
  • 17. December 2017: Various Berlin Christmas Markets, Louis-Lewandowski- Festiva 2017 – World Festival of Synagogal Music

So the next upcoming option for a Shopping Weekend including shopping on Sunday would be on Sunday, December 3rd 2017

Berlin Sunday Shopping in 2018

  • 28. January 2018: International Green Week “Grüne Woche”
  • 18. February 2018: Berlinale International Film Festival
  • 11. March 2018: ITB Berlin – Tourism Trade Fair (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin)

Opening hours:
On Shopping Sundays shops are usually open between 13:00 (1pm) and 20:00 (8pm) – some smaller shops may be only open until 18:00 (6pm).

Sunday Shopping for Food / Groceries / Supermarkets

In case you badly need to buy food, groceries or other basic products on a Sunday: there are some supermarkets in certain ‘high profile’ areas, that are allowed to be open on Sundays. In these areas there are generally a lot of commuters, travelers and tourists expected – so there is a special license for groceries and supermarkets and eventually also other neighboring shops in these areas:

  • Edeka at  Friedrichstraße U- and S-Bahn station
  • Kaiser’s at Central Station / Hauptbahnhof
  • Ullrich at U- und S-Bahn station Zoo / Zoologischer Garten
  • Edeka at Train and S-Bahn and U-Bahn station Lichtenberg
  • Edeka at Train and S-Bahn station Südkreuz
  • Rewe and Penny at Train and S-Bahn station Ostbahnhof
  • Denn’s Biomarkt at Train and S-Bahn and U-Bahn station Gesundbrunnen

Happy Shopping!

Berlin Flea Markets

Most, if not all Berlin Flea Markets are open on Sundays. For further information check this page about Berlin Flea Markets.

Spätis: Berlin’s Late Shops and Kiosks

In some areas you may find small shops that have their very own business hours: the so called Spätverkauf or Späti – which would translate into Late Shop.

Some of these Late Shops are almost legendary neighborhood institutions. People know each other, have a chat, have a drink – some of these Late Shops have been in business for decades. See also: Berlin’s Late Shops and Kiosks: sunday shopping re-thought

Pharmacies

Usually Pharmacies have opening hours similar to regular shops. Some pharmacies however have special opening hours. Some are open open on all 365 days of the year – some are even open 24/7. Here’s a quick overview:

For more information about pharmacies etc. see also: The German Health Care System

Service Stations / Filling Stations / Gas Stattions

Another exemption applies to Filling Stations / Gas Stations / Service Stations. As far as I know most of Berlin’s Service Stations are open 24/7 – and most of them have at least a small range of products on offer. But chances are you will at least find everything you might need for a breakfast – or to keep a party going. Usually you’ll find milk, butter, bread – sometimes even  “freshly baked” bread and buns, cakes and pastries at relatively low prices. But of course you’ll also find crisps, sausages, frozen pizza, beer, wine – and even sparkling wine, Champagne and spirits like Vodka, Gin, Whiskey and Schnapps.

You’ll find a list of gas stations grouped by district (“Stadtteil”) at the Berlin city website: BerlinFinder » Tankstelle

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7 thoughts on “Sunday Shopping in Berlin 2017

  1. Joshua D

    Two corrections:
    1. Lidl at U-Innsbrucker Platz is no longer open on Sunday as of Fall 2015
    2. Lichtenberg is S-Bahn, Train (Regionalbahn), AND U-Bahn (U5)

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  4. t.b. Post author

    sorry, but in Germany / Berlin all shops are closed on 25th and 26th of December – but must restaurants and bare should be open.

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