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Shop opening hours

In Lower Saxony, sales outlets are allowed from Monday 0.00 a.m. to Saturday 24.00. be open.

On Sundays and public holidays, there is a general ban on opening and selling. The Lower Saxony Act on Shop Opening and Sales Times (NLöffVZG) provides for exceptions to this prohibition for:

  • pharmacies, petrol stations, points of sale at passenger stations, airports and ferry ports,
  • Outlets for the consumption of goods for immediate consumption in order to meet local needs
  • Sales outlets in spas and recreation areas, in excursion places as well as in places of pilgrimage,
  • outlets which, according to their size and assortment, are geared towards the sale of goods for small daily needs,
  • Farm shops,
  • four times and in excursion places eight times a year possible so-called "open Sunday".
The exceptions are subject to different time and shopping cart restrictions.
The rules in force in Lower Saxony do not apply
  • wholesale trade (sale to resellers and commercial customers),
  • on the sale of accessories, if it is provided at the place of the principal service and the main service is not subject to the provisions of the act,
  • the sale of goods at folk festivals and at fixed fairs, markets and exhibitions,
  • restaurants, video counters and service establishments.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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