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1. Posted by ecca (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

Hello, are most of the shops in Europe closed during Easter Holidays?


2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Wow, that's a broad question! At least "western" (Roman Catholic/Protestant) and Orthodox Easters happen at the same time this year, so the dates are known.

Perhaps being a bit more specific would help.

3. Posted by ecca (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

Oh sorry, I didn't think about that! and thanks!

I guessed that Easter Holiday (Good Friday Apr 2.... to Apr 5) were for most of the Europe countries so I posted the question 'in general'.

I am planning maybe a vacation in Germany+France around the period between end of Mar and Apr 10. I would like to do some shoppings especially in France. If shops will be closed for Easter, this affects my flight itinerary whether I should visit Germany or France first. And if most of the shops, museums, spots for visitors not during their business, what to do there? restaurants???


4. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 7y

I don't know much re Easter weekend in Germany but certainly the Easter markets that are set up leading to the celebration are wonderful. And all the beautiful Easter eggs!

In France, places such as museums and sights are open. (Museums are normally only closed on New Year's Day, 1st May and Christmas Day). Mind, Easter Sunday or not, many businesses are normally closed on Sunday anyway so if you want to shop that day, it's not easy.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

Shops will be closed in Germany on Friday, Sunday and Monday for Easter in Germany. Some museums will be open, but not all. Almost everything closes on Friday because by German law only "somber" activities are allowed on such an important holiday.

6. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Consulted my friend in Paris. Friday and Saturday would be fine for shopping. Sunday, like I suspected, the shops are closed. Monday is bank holiday so shops are mostly closed too.

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 6y

Yeah - wherever you go in Western Europe you're likely to find that many shops are closed for 2 or 3 days, but if you have a week+ you'll have at least 4 days for shopping.

8. Posted by Tierry (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Right, shopping in Paris is a shot in the dark. Instead of going to Paris, go to Poland. There are so many big, exclusive shops in Warsaw, Cracow, Wroclaw. It's a piece of cake. Opened 7 days a week.

9. Posted by ecca (Budding Member 16 posts) 6y

Thank you all so much for such important info!

Will make a better plan on the itinerary.

Many thanks!