Germany's six most beloved shopping streets
The Local · 4 May 2016, 15:18
Published: 04 May 2016 15:18 GMT+02:00
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Proving that Berliners really are the anti-capitalist, alternative types they claim to be, not a single Berlin street appeared in the top ten of the survey by real estate agents Engel & Völkers.
You have to look all the way down to number 21 before you find Tauentzienstraße, Berlin's most popular shopping street. Poor old Kurfürstendamm, the grand dame of German consumerism, limps in at disheartening 26th place.
In defence of the German capital, this poor show could be skewed by the fact that the study was carried out on one April day - and it happened to be rainy and cold in Berlin, while it was at least dry, if not sunny in other parts of the country.
Anyway, that aside, here are Germany's six most in demand shopping highways. And there's a recurrent theme to every single one- Jack & Jones men's clothes stores.
Kaufingerstraße, Munich. Photo: Wikipedia
This bustling street which leads northwest from central Marienplatz is Germany’s busiest shopping lane. On Saturday April 16th 17.653 people were counted walking down the street in an hour, up from just under 13,000 the year before.
Stocked with an outlet of Jack & Jones, an H&M and a Zara, what more could you want?
Neuhauser Straße, Munich
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Proving Munich is the powerhouse of the German economy it actually snapped up the top two places on the list. This short but busy street is the extension of Kaufingerstraße and had an average of just over 17,000 shoppers beating its paving stones in one hour.
Schildergasse, Cologne. Photo: Wikipedia
This street in Cologne’s old town is the second oldest in the city. It’s also mega popular with shoppers. 11,201 took their wallets down to the Schildergasse on an overcast April 16th.
This long, windy street dates back to Roman times, although the Rhine garrison troops probably never popped into the Tommy Hilfiger Store or the two Jack & Jones outlets.
Flinger Straße, Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf's Flinger Straße. Photo: Wikipedia
This high street in the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia is about as German as you can get. There is a Zara, a Footlocker, and Mango. No Jack & Jones though.
10,688 people stormed this street to get that distinctive Rhineland experience in one sunny April hour.
This was once one of the grandest streets in Germany. Before the Second World War it was famous for the splendour of the architecture.
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Most of the original buildings were destroyed in Allied bombing raids and never rebuilt. But the lane’s popularity is little diminished - 10,145 people were ambling down it each hour on the April weekend of the survey.
The Krügerpassage on Westenhellweg, Dortmund. Photo: Wikipedia
The good people of Dortmund are lucky enough to have their city centre encircled by the B54, a six lane motorway.
Westenhellweg spokes out from the centre of town until it reaches this concrete moat.
As well as a Rossmann pharmacy, you’ll be glad to know it had a Jack & Jones and a Zara. The Dortmund football club fan shop is also situated towards the western end.