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Shopping Germany, the Netherlands

Question

How does Germany and the Netherlands compare to Belgium for shopping?

What are the nearest possibilities in the Netherlands?
(esp big shoppings)

anon

There are big shops in Breda, Tilburg, Eindhoven, and Maastricht.

Mar 7, 2019 15:47
J

Have a go, see how you get on. DE good for beer, not if you don't like cost-cutters. NL good for different ranges. FR best for dairy, cheese, all things French.

Mar 7, 2019 18:17
CM

Remember you need a sticker for the low emissions zones in most German cities nowadays, like Aachen: http://www.aachen.de/DE/stadt_buerger/umwelt/luft-stadtklima/luftreinhal...

Mar 7, 2019 19:27
becasse

Trier has an excellent main shopping street and doesn't require an Umwelt Zone sticker - but is best avoided on Saturdays when it is full of Luxembourgers shopping.

Mar 7, 2019 21:26
wezembeekwanderer

Large outlet centre in Roermond

Mar 7, 2019 23:38
Passive energy

Germany: food around 10-15% cheaper than in Belgium. Postal Services up to 50% less expensive. Gasoline around 10-15 c per litre cheaper than Belgium (varies by the day and period). Restaurants: around 1/3 cheaper than in Belgium. On other words: I am going to Aachen about every two weeks.

Mar 8, 2019 10:18
paradox

Restaurants in Belgium are crazy with their prices...everything in Belgium costs more than neighboring countries, actually. I asked a garage how much to change the oil in a small car, in Brussels, he told me 200 euros...I just about choked.

Mar 8, 2019 17:25
Passive energy

Yeah, Paradox, I also change my tires at Aachen.

And the same for regular maintenance. When I reserve an appointment with D'Ieteren, the system does not take note of my request, and of course never calls back. When you call them, you get an automated system that never leads to anything ...

Mar 8, 2019 20:08
indiecindy

We do a big shop in Germany (Aachen region) every few months for toiletries (deodorant, hair products, etc), laundry products and kitchen items (non-edible) because the prices are so much better compared to Belgium. We also stock up on beer (Kölsch) each visit. If we plan the day properly, we’ll swing by Maastricht for some lunch ;)

Mar 11, 2019 13:56