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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Yes this is good place for shopping...And there are a lot of variety in clothes available...easy to reach out to!
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

My wife and daughters would like to do get a haircut at Konstanz. Any recommendations?

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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

If I go to Konstanz from Zurich by train (SBB) and I spend less than 300 CHF and don't want a tax refund,

then I can just hop on the SBB train from Konstanz back to Zurich. I am not required to check in with either the German authorities OR Swiss border guards.

Correct?

I have a Swiss L permit. (It seems that I'm not eligible to request a VAT refund on an L permit anyway.)

I've read all the threads on shopping in Konstanz and I think I'm right, but would like confirmation please. Don't want to unwittingly get in trouble crossing the border from Germany back into Switzerland.

Thanks.
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Old 28.11.2012, 17:41
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

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If I go to Konstanz from Zurich by train (SBB) and I spend less than 300 CHF and don't want a tax refund,

then I can just hop on the SBB train from Konstanz back to Zurich. I am not required to check in with either the German authorities OR Swiss border guards.

Correct?
Correct .
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Yep -- correct -- but just to expand on that a touch for others, people entering Switzerland have a personal tax-free import allowance of CHF 300 per day. This means you can bring with you goods worth up to CHF 300 net of local VAT without paying Swiss VAT on them. You may, if eligible, claim back the VAT from the country where you purchased the goods, and if the total pre-tax value is less than CHF 300, you still won't have to pay Swiss VAT.

However, if you bring goods with a pre-tax value exceeding CHF 300 into Switzerland with you, you will be liable for Swiss VAT on the entire value of the goods (no deduction for personal tax-free allowance). This applies whether or not you claimed back the VAT from the country where you purchased the goods.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

And that 300 CHF import limit only applies to goods which don't have a special limit, such as the 500g limit of beef/pork/lamb.
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And that 300 CHF import limit only applies to goods which don't have a special limit, such as the 500g limit of beef/pork/lamb.
Genau. Although, of course, if you pay CHF 600/kg for said beek/pork/lamb, the question is moot. Oh, but you wouldn't be shopping in Switzerland, would you, if you were considering tax-free allowances, so the moot question is moot.

What was the question again?
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Does anyone know if there is a good electronic store near Konstanz Station? I am thinking about getting a juicer but didn't have much luck when searching the stores listed on the Lago or on Karstadt's website.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

I am visiting Konstanz by bus (meinfernbus.de) on Saturday. It drops us in a place called Dobeleplatz.

My questions -
1. Am I eligible to get tax refund if I am on L permit ? (some of the older comments say that I am not)
2. If I am eligible for tax refund, where do I get the form stamped (the threads say that once I stamp the form, then I cant get the goods back to Germany)? Does it mean that I have to leave the goods at the bus stop (or somewhere else ?), then go back to the shop and get the refund? The bus stop is probably inside Germany, so it will mean I have to get the refund only on next visit, correct?

Please let me know.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

L permit, then no as you are not a full time resident in CH, but you can always give it a go, some people in Basel seem to get away with it.

If you get it stamped you need to go through the border nto CH to "export" the goods, you then have 6 months to claim back the tax from the shop you bought the items from.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

I have never been to Konstanz by bus, so I don't know if this will be an issue or not, but German law says that once you've got the form stamped you must export the goods immediately, which means you need to get the stamp at the border crossing where the bus leaves Germany.

Now what I don't know is if the bus stops at the border at all and if it stops long enough to get your forms stamped. I've never had more than a few people in front of me but I have heard about longer queues at peak times.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Does anyone have a referral to a shop in Konstanz where I can get some photos custom framed? For this situation quality is more important to me than price.

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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

It is a pitty that most expats dont get further than Lago...the town is quite pretty, actually.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

It's an amazing place. Minus the fact they burned my country's national hero Jan Hus there 1415. Stubborn Bohemians.

I was surprised how big the city itself actually is. I'ts pleasant and calm, shopping is easy and lunch in Lago cheap with a great service.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

It ia better you park in Constance itself to do shopping, there is new big supermarket name Edeka and the old one which is always full on weekend name Kaufland. Things are very cheap there and you can ask for Ausfuhrschein to get tax back.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

The wife and I went shopping in Constance the other day and had a wonderful time. We ate at "Dom", website http://www.dom-kon.com

We were very happy. It was 35 euros for both of us, for everything. She had the "normal" sized burger with a large delicious salad and I had the XL with fries. This also included a large beer and two large glasses of carbonated water. I only ordered the XL just to see it, since I could barely finish it. This was also one of the more expensive "specialty" burgers (they have an extensive menu of 20 or so). It was huge (12.5 cm) and good quality. I was amazed to get a burger with pommes like this for only 13 euros.

I think in Zurich I would pay just for myself, what we paid for both of us. The interior is also quite nice and modern. It's probably quite a popular hangout at night too.

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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

I would reckon the Hafenmeisterei for a nice meal, right at the lake close to the zentrum.

http://hafenmeisterei.de/

I personally like the Surf & Turf, which became my favourite lately.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Also people tend to forget, that Konstanz has a very cool thermal bath at the lake. We usually combine our shopping with some relaxing and chilling time at the Bodensee Thermalbad. They have a panorama sauna, which is kind of unique.
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The wife and I went shopping in Constance the other day and had a wonderful time. We ate at "Dom", website http://www.dom-kon.com

We were very happy. It was 35 euros for both of us, for everything. She had the "normal" sized burger with a large delicious salad and I had the XL with fries. This also included a large beer and two large glasses of carbonated water. I only ordered the XL just to see it, since I could barely finish it. This was also one of the more expensive "specialty" burgers (they have an extensive menu of 20 or so). It was huge (12.5 cm) and good quality. I was amazed to get a burger with pommes like this for only 13 euros.
Just a heads up: I ate at the Dom the other day and learned that the kitchen will be closed from February 26 to March 20 due to remodeling, i.e. no burgers during that period. The bar and café will still be open for business.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

do any of you know if there is yarn shops in Konstance and if so please tell me the street name if possible
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