How to get a tax refund in Europe — Cologne
What makes you want to go shopping in Cologne?
This is a city with its own unique style. On the one hand, it is ancient and conservative, and the famous Cologne Cathedral still represents the history of ancient Rome. The most ancient perfume in the world – 4711 Cologne – is still sold in traditional bottles and packages. On the other hand, Cologne is an open and modern city. As one of the largest exhibition cities in Germany, Cologne attracts tens of millions of tourists from all over the world each year; row upon row of high-rises and the fast pace of life also shows the youth of the city.
As the largest city and important transportation hub in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Cologne also brings together various cultures and brands from all over the world. Well-known international brands are all available here, and besides that, Cologne is also proud of two local brands: 4711 Cologne and Rimowa suitcases.
Which places are worth visiting?
The Cologne Cathedral is the second highest cathedral in Germany and the third largest Gothic cathedral all across the world. Founded in 1248, it is the representative of Gothic cathedrals and a landmark building of Cologne. Located in the center of the Old Town of Cologne, the cathedral is surrounded by almost all commercial establishments. As the most important landmark of Cologne, around the cathedral you can find the largest commercial circle in the city. Shopping is very convenient here.
Shopping Guide: Founded in 1894, the leather goods boutique Offermann provides consumers with brands such as Rimowa, Longchamp, Michael Kors, Bogner, DKNY, Fjällräven, etc.
Eye Catcher is Germany’s famous chain of glasses, only 5 minutes away from the cathedral. Here you can easily buy famous brand sunglasses, such as Armani, Chanel, Chrome Hearts, Marc Jacobs, Okaley, Ray Ban, etc. Besides, professionals can provide you with customized lenses.
If you are interested in jewelries, the S&A flagship store, a few steps from the cathedral, is the place for you. The most popular product is beeswax produced in the Baltic Sea. It has been meticulously carved by professional designers and presented as a piece of exquisite artwork. It has also been presented as a national gift to Prince William and Princess Kate. It is always a good choice whether you wear it yourself or send it to friends and relatives.
Transportation: Take whatever means of transportation to Hauptbahnhof and you can find the cathedral as long as you exit the station.
Business hours: 6:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Nov.-Apr.; 6:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., May-Oct.; 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Sun. and holidays.
Where can you get a tax refund?
TAX FREE EASY is currently one of the fastest and most convenient tax refund services with the highest tax refund rates in Europe. You can enjoy the ultimate tax refund experience provided by TAX FREE EASY in any of the following stores in Cologne: the tax refund will be transferred onto your Alipay or UnionPay card; the electronic tax refund card will generate a tax form automatically within seconds; the refund will be transferred to your account after 1–2 days.