In Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Saxony-Anhalt almost all shops are closed on Thursday, January 6th, 2022. The reason: January 6th is the Epiphany holiday there. You can find out where and by when you can still shop and run smaller errands at FOCUS Online.
Epiphany is not a public holiday in all 16 federal states. Only in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Saxony-Anhalt is officially free. Shops here are also closed on January 6th. Banks and the post office are also closed.
In Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia, on the other hand, this day is a normal working day.
In these federal states, the usual legally permitted shop opening times apply, but these are not uniform nationwide. The reason: The maximum shop opening times in Germany are a matter for the federal states.
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A brief overview of the opening hours on January 6th:
Basically, the federal states determine the opening hours in the applicable law on shop closing times themselves.
But be careful: These are only the legal requirements. Whether supermarkets push the deadlines is up to their own decision. Many shops are currently closing earlier than usual due to possible exit restrictions.
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If you still have to buy a few things for the fridge in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg or Saxony-Anhalt, you have a good chance of finding something, especially in big cities, despite the public holiday.
There are special opening hours for some shops. This includes gas stations and pharmacies. In addition, supermarkets in train stations and at airports sometimes have different opening times – and are open for a few hours despite the holiday.