Shopping enthusiasts visiting Bavaria will want to put a visit to Ingolstadt Village at the top of their list. A designer outlet shopping mall not far from Munich and Nuremberg, the Village features popular German and international brands, including Armani, Birkenstock, Asics, Calvin Klein, Escada, Jimmy Choo, La Perla, Michael Kors, New Balance, Nike, Roberto Cavalli, Tommy Hilfiger, Tumi, Samsonite and Versace. Shops typically offer discounts up to 30 to 60 percent off regular retail prices. With more than 100 stores in a complex that was designed to reflect its late 19th century industrial heritage, visitors can easily spend an entire day at Ingolstadt Village.
For those wanting a break from the shopping, the town of Ingolstadt itself is worth a visit. Possibly best known as the birthplace of the monster from Dr. Frankenstein, it features gorgeous Gothic architecture and an Audi car museum.
Visitors can reach Ingolstadt Village by taking the train from Munich, Nuremberg or several other nearby cities. Arriving at the central train station in Ingolstadt, take bus 10 to the Harderstrasse bus station and change to bus 20. Arriving at the Zob or north train station, take bus 20.
There is also a Shopping Express bus that runs daily from Munich and on Saturdays from Nuremberg. Advance booking is required and while the bus is free for Eurail Pass holders, for everyone else it is 20 Euro round-trip.
Ingolstadt Village has free storage for luggage and packages and offers a personal shopping service, a children’s play area and shopping packages that include luxury transportation and refreshments.