November 1st is All Saints’ Day. In the predominantly Catholic federal states, the date is a public holiday. Accordingly, supermarkets and shops remain closed. FOCUS Online says where the shops are open despite the holiday and how to get groceries on All Saints’ Day.

In Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, most Germans have November 1st off. All Saints’ Day is a public holiday in these federal states.

Consumers cannot go shopping in supermarkets, drugstore branches, discounters and specialist shops on Monday. However, there are exceptions in some big cities, for example at train stations, gas stations and pharmacies.

Some grocery stores in airport terminals have partially adjusted opening times.

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According to the “shop closing law” in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland on All Saints’ Day

be open under certain conditions (opening hours, location, product range). Catering establishments are allowed to serve guests. So if you need groceries and only find closed shops, you can just sit down in the nearest restaurant. Delivery services such as Gorilla’s, Wolt, Lieferando, Getir, which deliver on Sundays, are also working on All Saints’ Day.

The emergency service applies in pharmacies. Gas stations are allowed to sell fuel on a regular basis. Washing facilities remain closed again.

Grocery stores such as Rewe, Edeka and Co. are open at train stations and airports. They provide consumers with travel provisions.




North Rhine-Westphalia



All Saints’ Day is a Christian Catholic holiday commemorating all saints. The “glorified members of the church who are already made perfect” are commemorated on this day with simultaneous Masses, whether they are known or not.