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Old 08-06-2014, 08:31 AM
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Sunday travel

We are on the road for 2 Sundays, will we find most sights and shops closed?
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:33 AM
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Hi Joe! Welcome to the European Delivery forum. European delivery customers from B.C. are far and few between. One guy picked up a 5 series, buying it from Autowest BMW about a year ago. I picked up my car in June, 2013. My delivery specialist said that there are few Canadian picking up cars at the Welt.

Very few shops are open on Sunday. They are mainly at train stations, airports, and museum shops. The BMW museum shop displays a sign reading that they are exempt from the Sunday closing laws. Museums are generally open.
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We are on the road for 2 Sundays, will we find most sights and shops closed?
It really depends. Some are open, some are not.

Luckily, everything is online now. =)
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Actually, allow me to revise/add too...

Europeans have a lot more holidays than we do. I'd encourage you to check specific days that you are planning rather than just days of the week.

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At tourist sites you will find souvenir shops open even on holidays provided the site is open that day. In the past, especially in Germany, NOTHING was open on Sunday and most shops were only open in the morning on Saturdays. That has changed and keeps changing. Two weeks ago on a Sunday in Rome most of the stores, including the high end shops. were open. Same for Paris. Department stores are usually not open on Sundays anywhere.

The good news though is that trucks are banned from driving on Sunday so roads usually move quicker and streetside parking is usually easier in downtowns of big cities.
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It will be hit-and-miss. If you are in a city of about 100,000 people or more, you can usually find open businesses in the central part on a Sunday -- but even most of these close at 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm.

Holidays are particularly rough.

Since you are driving, don't hesitate to visit the truck stops on the major roadways. Until a couple of years ago, I made many overnight drives on the autobahn and found the truck stops to always have a hot-water can of knackwurst and bread available to eat at 3:00 am. It's sort of the German equivalent to a late-night stop at Taco Cabana. Sort-of. As a stretch.

Anyhow, the point being, even on a Sunday evening with everything closed, you can still find food and petrol.

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good news: no trucks on sundays

most trucks are prohibited from driving on the highways on Sundays
however, you will find a lot of holiday drivers pulling caravans
most places are closed except in tourist areas
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The two Sundays we were in Europe, one was our arrival day in Munich, the second was driving from Lake Como to Venice. In Munich it seemed to be hit or miss, with some stores being closed and some open. There was not a shortage of places to eat and things to do (although the closest grocery store was closed). On the second Sunday, we had no issue finding fuel or when we got into Venice, everything seemed to be open for the most part.
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most trucks are prohibited from driving on the highways on Sundays
however, you will find a lot of holiday drivers pulling caravans
most places are closed except in tourist areas
My experience also. N4S
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I am planning to do a day trip to Salzburg on Sunday, Sep 14th. Now this thread has made me think about whats open and close on Sundays. Please provide your inputs. Hopefully all the tourist spots and restaurants are open..

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I am planning to do a day trip to Salzburg on Sunday, Sep 14th. Now this thread has made me think about whats open and close on Sundays. Please provide your inputs. Hopefully all the tourist spots and restaurants are open..

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Restaurants and beer halls will be open, so you are in good shape.
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Sunday in Salzburg the museums and souvenir shops are open. A few shops on the Getreidegasse in Old Salzburg are also open. Most importantly, the Bosna stand is open!
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I am planning to do a day trip to Salzburg on Sunday, Sep 14th. Now this thread has made me think about whats open and close on Sundays. Please provide your inputs. Hopefully all the tourist spots and restaurants are open..

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It's just general "shopping" that will be closed or limited. In other words, in the USA, you figure that if you want to buy an iPhone power charger at 4:00 pm on a Sunday, you can go to BestBuy, Fry's Electronics, etc. etc. Don't expect that same level consumer convenience in Europe, as evenings and weekend stores focus more on "home" life.

Tourism and such are much more available.

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http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=594318

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I am planning to do a day trip to Salzburg on Sunday, Sep 14th. Now this thread has made me think about whats open and close on Sundays. Please provide your inputs. Hopefully all the tourist spots and restaurants are open..

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Yes, think about and plan WHERE you want to be on the Sundays. As noted most museums (but not all) will be open, quite a few restaurants close on Sundays, most (but not all) shopping will be closed, all outdoor sights are a good thing for Sundays, churches are good (except during services)... best to plan carefully, and leave for Sunday those things that will be open in that particular city or town on a Sunday.
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