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St. Wendel is known far and wide as a market town steeped in tradition. Every year the Christmas and Easter markets attract countless visitors. In the surrounding region, towns and cities such as Saarlouis, Trier and Saarbrücken are perfect for a more extensive shopping spree.
Shopping is a major attraction in Saarbrücken The narrow alleyways and courtyards around St. Johanner Markt square with their exclusive boutiques, art galleries and small shops are perfect to browse around The area around Nauwieser Platz is known affectionately as the "Chinese quarter" and is undoubtedly Saarbrücken's most colourful district. There is also a diverse mix of specialist shops in Old Saarbrücken or the Luisen district on the other side of the river Saar.
The main thoroughfares in the extensive pedestrian zone leading from the Porta Nigra are Simeonstrasse, Hauptmarkt, Brotstrasse, Fleischstrasse and Neustrasse and its side streets. Shopping fans will find designer fashion boutiques, department stores, lifestyle shops, fair-trade shops selling third-world goods, jewellers, specialist outlets and antique shops.
Founded by the Sun King Louis XIV, this town boasts a diverse range of chic boutiques, charming pedestrian precincts and state-of-the-art shopping arcades, and everything is within walking distance of the town centre. After a hard day's shopping, mull over the day in one of the town's cafés.
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