Opening of the Dreiländergalerie Shopping Center in Weil am Rhein

Cross-border shopping has always been a temptation for Swiss residents, especially for those who live near the border of France and/or Germany, where the prices of many wares are considerably lower. This has become even more attractive in recent months, with the devaluation of the Euro to values that are at par with, or even lower than, the Swiss Franc. Just to heighten this temptation further, a new large shopping center—the Dreiländergalerie—will be opening for business in neighboring Weil am Rhein, Germany, on September 29. Located in the center of Weil am Rhein, it can conveniently be reached by Basel’s tram 8, which literally runs through the middle of the building in the terminus loop, as well as the S-Bahn that stops at the train station in Weil am Rhein, right next to the Dreiländergalerie.

The 25,000m2 shopping center will be home to 70 stores, many of which are normally only found in big cities like Munich and Frankfurt. Shops like Guess, Levi’s, Triumph, Hunkemöller, Marc O’Polo, Replay, and the German fashion retailer Peek & Cloppenburg will stand side-by-side with U.S. brands like Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister, neither of which have a branch anywhere in Switzerland. There are three grocery stores in the basement (Rewe, Alnatura, and Lidl), a stylish food court with about 16 international food-stands, as well as a Mexican restaurant (El Gallo) with roof terrace and rooftop lounge on the top floor. Car parking and bicycle parking are also available at the shopping center. The Grand Opening Days on September 29-October 1 will entertain visitors will music on Thursday, fashion shows on Friday, and food tastings in the food court on Saturday.

Here are a few points to remember while shopping at the new center or anywhere else outside Switzerland: