Outletcity Metzingen has become one of the most popular factory outlet shopping centers in Europe, with some 4 million visitors each year coming from all corners of the globe. While some prefer to visit independently, there's also an option for a VIP shopping experience with air-conditioned return transportation from Stuttgart and lunch at one of the outlet's restaurants. Visitors from outside the European Union can shop tax-free by filling out a tax refund form at checkout and presenting it to customs at the airport upon departure.
Things to Know Before You Go
This shopping center is a must-visit for budget-minded fashionistas visiting Germany.
Outletcity Metzingen offers free WiFi at hotspots throughout the outlet area.
If visiting from outside the EU, be sure to fill out a tax-free shopping form when you check out.
How to Get There
One of the easiest ways to reach Metzingen from Stuttgart is by train, departing every half hour with a travel time of about 40 minutes. The shopping center also operates a shopping shuttle from Stuttgart to the mall and back on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The nearest commercial airport is in Stuttgart, 16 miles (25 kilometers) away.
When to Get There
Outletcity Metzingen is closed on Sundays and public holidays. For the biggest discounts, plan your trip during the special summer and winter sales in June and December.
Things to Do in Metzingen
While Metzingen is most famous for its textile industry history and modern outlet shopping, the picturesque town has a few other attractions for visitors needing a break from the retail therapy. The Wine Growing Museum in the Kelternplatz tells the story of the region's winemaking from the 11th century to the present. The town is also surrounded by the Swabian Alb biosphere—an area of meadows, vineyards, and orchards famous throughout Germany. Visit the Fruit Cultivation Museum to learn about the area's long history of apple growing.
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