Walkable city centres, big department stores, historic arcades, special shops and boutiques, beautiful surroundings, and a unique range of products – shopping in Saxony is a joy. Find anything from luxury products such as Meissen porcelain or Glashütte watches to creative and handmade products from Saxony’s regions as well as top international brands.
Shopping in Dresden – facts and figures
Dresden is a veritable shopping paradise. Try Prager Straße, Altmarkt and Wilsdruffer Straße in the old town for large department stores and independent shops. Altmarktgalerie and Centrum-Galerie are two large shopping arcades in the city centre, and Kunsthof-Passage in Dresden's hip Neustadt neighbourhood offers art and shopping at the same time. On Königstraße and around the Neumarkt square, you’ll find upmarket boutiques, purveyors of Saxon arts and crafts, art galleries, antiquarian booksellers, and antique shops in Baroque town houses. For trendy shops offering quirky and offbeat products, try Äußere Neustadt.
- More than 900,000 square metres of shopping space
- “Altmarktgalerie” shopping centre: 200 shops, restaurants,andcafés
- “Centrum-Galerie” shopping centre: 52 shops, 9 restaurants and cafés
Shopping in Leipzig - facts and figures
In Leipzig’s famous arcades, shopping becomes a cultural and historical experience. Going back 500 years, they consist of elegant courtyards and passages which form a closed system that is unique in Europe. No matter the weather, you will always stay dry on your shopping outing in Leipzig. Stroll through Mädler Passage and visit the iconic "Auerbachs Keller" restaurant, made famous by Goethe’s “Faust”. Speck's Höfe, Brühl Arcade, Städtisches Kaufhaus, the Zalando outlet and other large department stores are also worth a visit.
• Tip: The imposing main railway station was built in 1915 and is Europe’ largest terminus station. It is at the same time a large shopping centre featuring hundreds of shops, restaurants, and cafés where you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for and never go hungry or thirsty.
Shopping in Chemnitz - facts and figures
Chemnitz was once Germany's most important industrial centre. Today, it is the "City of Modernity" with numerous new shops, department stores and shopping arcades, including Chemnitz Center, Sachsen Allee, Roter Turm and Glaspalast , the latter designed by the eminent German-American architect Helmut Jahn.
• Tip: When you go shopping in dasTietz, you also have the chance to admire an original, 290 million years-old petrified forest!
Saxony to take home - top souvenirs
Wines from Saxony's Elbe Valley
Dresdner Stollen®: the original Christmas stollen with the gold seal - available from September to December
Bautzen mustard: Germany's most popular mustard with a distinct horseradish note
Popular eastern German beer brands Radeberger and Wernesgrüner
Dominosteine: the chocolate-covered “domino stone” sweets were invented in Dresden and are a favourite Christmas treat
Nudossi: famous eastern German nut-nougat spread
Russian bread: iconic, letter-shaped biscuit
Plauen lace: embroidery art from Plauen
Herrnhut stars: artistically folded Christmas stars from Upper Lusatia
Wooden art from the Ore Mountains: charming nutcrackers, smoking men, pyramids, and candle arches, flower girls and boys, angels - intricately carved and formed from wood
Meissen porcelain®: finest porcelain creations marked with the unmistakable crossed blue swords, the oldest trademark still in use in the world
Best German watchmaking (and a bit pricier): a handmade watch from the town of Glashütte
Outlets & Bargains
You like a good bargain? With more than 30 outlet stores as well as warehouse and factory outlets offering brands and high-quality goods at low prices, Saxony is just the place for you. The choice is wide and includes everything from toys to fashion. Just to name a few brands included: Villeroy & Boch in Torgau, DeBeukelaer in Wurzen, Möve/ Frottana in Großschönau or Birkenstock in Görlitz. In Leipzig, you will find a big Zalando outlet right in the city centre. There are also two Meissen porcelain outlet stores, one in Meissen and another in Dresden. In a nutshell, lots of opportunities for shopping galore.