Outlet villages! Here, where the purchase of top designers’ clothes, shoes, and handbags is not an “impossible dream”.The top brands such as Gucci, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and many others indulge in a catwalk in picturesque places surrounded by castles, gardens, and rivers. So, let’s see the best outlet villages.
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets – New York, USA
Located a 1-hour drive from Manhattan, you can find the Woodbury Common Premium discounted village. There, more than 220 stores of known brands offer clothes, accessories, furniture, and jewelry. The village also has 15 dining and coffee options as well as fast-food restaurants.
It is open daily from 10:00 to 21:00.
Access: By car from New York State Thruway (I 87) and exit 16.
Ingolstadt Village – Munich, Germany
This small village between Munich and Nuremberg has eighty-five brands from the German and international markets with discounts of up to 60%. However, beyond shopping, you can stroll in the green countryside around it as well as along the Danube river that crosses it. Additionally, spa institutes can be found in the area to relieve you from the fatigue of your excursion to the shops.
The village is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 20:00.
Access: Every Thursday and Saturday, there is a bus leaving from Munich central train station and Odeonplatz at 9.30 and 9.45, respectively, for Ingolstadt. The return ticket costs 15 euros.
Bicester Village- Oxford, UK
It is located at an equal distance from Birmingham and London in the province of Oxfordshire, hosting more than 120 boutiques of the world’s largest brands. The discounts reach 60% and towards the end of the discount period – August, September, and February – prices fall up to 70%. You can also have your stylist at just 10 pounds for 3 hours.
During your excursion to Bicester, you can also visit local attractions, such as the magnificent castles with Stately’s impressive gardens or the Warwick Castle.
It is open Monday-Wednesday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 and Thursday-Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00.
Access: You can find many routes from Marylebone Station to Bicester North station, and from there you can take a bus to the village.
Castel Romano – Rome, Italy
The outlet village Castel Romano, built with the architecture style of the Roman Empire, located 25km from Rome center in an area of 25000sqm. Over 110 boutiques of famous Italian and international brands like Patrizia Pepe, Bruno Magli, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Dolce&Gabbana, Eredi Pisanò, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, Fratelli Rossetti, Guess, Levi’s offer up to 70% sales all year round. In the outlet village, you will find coffee shops and restaurants where you can rest after your walk in the shops. At Castel Romano, you will also be able to hire your stylist for free from Monday to Friday from 11:00 until 19:00.
The village is open from Monday-Thursday 10:00 to 20:00, and Friday-Saturday 10:00 to 21:00.
Access: We recommend taking the Metro line B from the Stazioni Termini heading to Laurentina. From there, you can take a taxi to transfer you to the village.
Fidenza Village – Milan, Italy
Located on the Milan and Bologna motorway and it’s 1 hour away from Milan. At Fidenza Village, you will find previous collections of ’90 of the most important designers with discounts that reach 70%. You can have your personal stylist, however, with payment. From 1-4 people you will pay 70 euros per hour and 5-10 people 90 euros per hour.
The village is open Monday-Sunday 10:00 to 20:00
Access: The Fidenza Village Express train leaves every 40 minutes from the Piazza Castello, Milan, directly to the village.
La Vallée Village- Paris, France
La Vallée Village is the most elegant outlet in France. Near Campania and only 35 minutes by train from the center of Paris, over 70 branded brands like Jimmy Choo, Longchamp, Armani, and Christian Lacroix, are waiting to offer you haute couture outfits with discounts up to 60%.
It is open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00.
Access: You will take the train from the center, and with the RER A4 line, you will get off at the Val D’europe/Serris-Montevrain station.
Maasmechelen Village – Brussels, Belgium
Almost an hour away in the picturesque countryside of Belgium is the Maasmechelen discount village and has the 95 most famous European and international brands in a picturesque landscape, with discounts reaching 60%. In this village you can also find great deals for hotels to stay nearby.
It is open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00
Access: With De Lin, a bus that leaves every hour from Maastricht directly to the village.
Las Rozas Village – Madrid, Spain
Las Rozas Village is one of Spain’s largest discounted villages and is only 45 minutes from Madrid. Here, the offers from over 100 outlet boutiques reach 60% all year round. Here, you will find top designer shops and Spanish designers. In addition, it is quite possible to have the chance to enjoy one of the many events organized in the area (based on the period) while you can visit famous art galleries and participate in sports activities like trekking and skiing in the Sierra de Guadarrama, which it’s only a few miles away from the village.
The village is open from Monday to Friday and Sunday from 11:00 to 21:00 and Saturday from 11:00 to 22:00.
Access: Buses are offering regular routes from Madrid’s Moncloa Central station directly to the commercial village.
Alpenrhein Village, Lankar, Switzerland
The lovely shopping village of Alpenaine, in Switzerland, is located next to the River Rhine and Lankar and very close to the Sur area. In the Swiss village of 22,000 sqm, you will find more than 100 famous international and Swiss brands with discounts of up to 70%, including restaurants and cafés. Also, if you visit the place in winter, you can indulge in the favorite sport skiing on the nearby slopes.
It is open Monday-Thursday from 10:00 to 19:00, Friday-Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00.
Access: The advantage is that the discount village is located next to the train station in Lankar. So, all you must do is to buy a ticket of 50 Swiss francs from any station in the direction of Lankar. Do not forget to seal it in the village to win a free return.
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