Are on Rose Monday, the shops open?

You want to know if and how long on Carnival Monday, the shops are open? This depends primarily in which state and what city you live. Mainz, Cologne and Dusseldorf in North Rhine-Westphalia, for example, so-called carnival strongholds, where most shops are closed on Carnival Monday. Other provinces and cities, such as Bavaria with the cities of Munich, Regensburg and Ingolstadt, take it not as accurate with the customs. There, the shops are open on the Monday. Most well into the early afternoon and into the evening. A public holiday Rose Monday is not fact. It is left up to the enterprises, whether and how long their businesses and shops are open on the Monday.

The legally permissible opening times to enter the period prior to which the business can be open on the Monday and may:


In Bavaria and Saarland, the shops are allowed to open from 6-20 pm. In Saxony and Rhineland-Palatinate the shops may be open from 6-22 pm on the Monday. In these, most provinces, the stores are open from 0-24 pm:

  • Berlin
  • Baden-Wurttemberg
  • Bremen
  • Brandenburg
  • Hamburg
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • Hesse
  • Lower Saxony
  • Saxony-Anhalt
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Thuringia

Better opportunities in the big shops

A good chance that on Carnival Monday, the shops are open, you have, for example, when you go shopping in major food and hardware stores. Usually on the Monday all the major shops are open until 13 or 14 o'clock. This also applies to department stores, galleries and shopping arcades.

tip: In general, more shops are open in the inner cities on Carnival Monday than in the outer boroughs. Numerous open shops you can find, especially in the metropolitan areas, even if it is a vibrant destination.


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