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Monday 31 December Expat feed. The beauty of the German language ladenschlussgeseetz that a very long, compounded word ladeschlussgesetz be broken down to extract its meaning.
Laden is a shop. Schluss means closure or ending. Gesetz is the law. The unpopular, year-old Shop Closure Law, which once made store hours in Germany the most restrictive in Europe, was finally struck down last summer in a move to shift federal power to the states. Now, in time for Christmas, the states have started introducing new laws, with Germany’s capital, the city-state Berlin, taking ladenschlussegsetz lead. As of Dec 1, Berlin shops are permitted to stay open 24 hours from Monday through Saturday, and some Sunday afternoons.
The densely populated western state of North Rhine-Westphalia and two economically depressed eastern states, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Saxony-Anhalt, are also expected to follow suit. So Germany could soon have the most liberal shopping legislation on the Continent.
Most stores are likely to stay open only long enough to make business sense, and that could mean little change.
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Back inwhen I first came to live in Germany, I would have rejoiced at the prospect of round-the-clock shopping. At the time, the late Thursday rule, which allowed stores to open until 8.
It was heralded by retailers as a great breakthrough, but condemned then by unions and churches.
All other weekdays, the stores were forced to close by 6. Never mind that plenty of smaller family-owned shops shut their doors by noon on Saturdays if they bothered to open at all, and by 6pm or earlier during the week. For plenty of working people it meant Saturday morning was the only time to stock up on milk and bread, or have the fridge delivered. The rules for Sundays and holidays have, so far, changed little.
Only designated florists, emergency apothecaries, bakeries, petrol stations and shops in the vicinity of an airport or railway station, are allowed to open during part of the day.
The logic being that travellers need to buy sundries, and that bringing fresh flowers to loved ones in hospital takes precedence ladenschlussgedetz the florist’s right not to work on the Sabbath. In most states now shop hours in Germany have gradually approached European norms. Many supermarket chains and high street book shops remain open until 8pm on weekdays and Saturdays, which is good enough for me.
Who needs to shop at midnight or on Sundays? I once met a kindly matron, who explained: You must learn to be much more efficient about the time you spend shopping, and to only buy what is necessary.
Fool that I once was back in England, I blew a month’s salary on a magnificent hand-carved chess set at Harrods, and wound up giving it away when I moved to Germany.
Whatever happened to that adorable butterfly frock that I bought on a whim and never wore? Since the time limitations imposed by Ladenschlussgesetz took the fun out of shopping, my ladenschlyssgesetz has long been purged of such extravagance. And I have become, heaven forbid, German in my shopping habits.
I have learned to be a quick, practical shopper, and to focus on basics. At one supermarket where I stock up on staples, I can navigate the aisles and get past the cashier, who scans the items faster than I can dump them in my trolley, in 10 minutes flat.
There are other advantages to restrictive laws.
In the early s in Frankfurt, I discovered the American commissary, which had far more liberal opening hours, especially Saturday afternoons. Before September 11 security was lax and mf could enter the US military shopping complex.
It was the city’s best kept secret, and all you needed was a fistful of dollars. I was like a little girl in a sweet shop.
I could buy Cosmopolitan in English, disposable nappies for newborns, Mexican tacos and a huge frozen Thanksgiving turkey for Christmas dinner — none of which was then available in German shops. Now virtually everything is readily available. Whenever my husband went on business trips to England, I used to enjoy giving him a shopping list aldenschlussgesetz Marmite, lemon curd, digestive biscuits, toffees and any book in English.
When he brought the booty back, I was thrilled, but now that I can buy it all here, slathering the morning toast with Marmite has somehow lost its appeal. I don’t welcome the prospect of stores opening on Sundays either. What am I going to say to my teenage daughter, a fashion victim whose idea of a holiday in Berlin is rummaging through the sales rack of the famous KaDeWe department store?
If it opened on Sunday, it would be a hard to encourage cultural alternatives, such as the Ladenschlussggesetz or Checkpoint Charlie museum. One pre-Christmas evening in Berlin, I slipped into a supermarket at 6. German sales lqdenschlussgesetz are not known for being customer friendly, and the shopkeeper barked, ” Raus. As for the rest, I knew Feier meant celebration and Abend means evening. Put the two together, and I understood that once the last pesky customer has been shoved out, it was time to get the party started.
Well, extracting the meaning of that compound word wasn’t too tricky. Telegraph International Money Transfer. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation.
Shop till you drop in the run-up to Christmas By Diana Fong.
Festive lights illuminate Friedrichstrasse in Berlin. New laws in the German capital allow round-the-clock Christmas shopping.