Shopping trip total duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Munich – McArthurGlen Outlet Salzburg by car: 1 hour 30 minutes
Address for GPS: Kasernenstrasse 1, 5073 Wals-Himmelreich
Open: Mon-Thu 9:30 am -7 pm, Fri 9:30 am -9 pm, Sat Fri 9 am -6 pm
If anyone wants to combine shopping with sightseeing, Salzburg is the place to go. At the outskirts of this beautiful European city there is one of the largest designer outlets in the region. There are more than 100 stores and boutiques selling designer clothes, shoes and jewelry. They offer discounts 30-70% throughout the year.
Getting there from MunichOne can go to the Salzburg outlet by train or by car. The train option is not bad, though it involves a transfer to a bus. However, if you want to have a stroll in the city after shopping, it might not be very convenient with shopping bags. Therefore, we prefer to travel there by car. The road to Salzburg is very beautiful, surrounded by green meadows and you can see the Alps at a distance. The A8 autobahn has a lot of traffic, but still moving rather quickly if there are no real traffic jams. Usually, we reach our destination in one and a half hour. There is no problem with parking, the parking lot at the outlet is designed for a couple of thousand cars. Parking is free for the first two hours, each additional hour costs 2 euros. The parking is free for the whole day if your total purchases exceed 150 euros, just present your receipts at the Outlet Information Center.
About the Outlet
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Salzburg was opened in 2009. Compared to the Ingolstadt Village outlet, which is stylized as a small trendy village, the outlet in Salzburg was built as a shopping arcade resembling the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery in Milan. So, one can do all shopping indoors, which is an advantage in bad weather. The outlet is not very big and quite cozy, the stores are located on two floors and very conveniently distributed, so that it is easy to find what you need. The following brand names can be found among more than 100 shops and boutiques: Baldinini, Blumarine, Calida, Calvin Klein, Daniel Hechter, Desigual, Escada, Hugo Boss, La Perla, Pampolina, Valentino, etc.
It might not be necessary to go to Salzburg from Munich just for shopping, but adding a tour of Salzburg (as we always do) to the outlet shopping makes the trip really great. We usually spend 1.5-2 hours in the outlet, which is not very tiring even for the male part of the family. BTW, the selection of merchandise for men in the Salzburg outlet is quite good, so the entire family is involved in shopping and time passes quickly.
The second half of the day we spend in the downtown of Salzburg; it is just 15 minutes’ drive from the outlet. There is enough time for lunch, visiting some attractions or just walking through the Old Town.