Where to shop Tax Free in Austria
Tax Free shopping in Vienna
Vienna is one of those must-visit cities, like London or Paris, where just walking down the street is an exercise in fascination. Few cities are as grand, yet Vienna wears its imperial history lightly.
- Graben and Kohlmarkt – pedestrianised streets which were once home to the classical masters Haydn and Chopin, here you’ll find international luxury from brands such as Chanel, Gucci, and Breitling. This area was also home to the imperial jewellers, and you’ll still find jewellers of every stripe, from historic boutiques to big-name brands.
- Goldenen Quartier - formed between Tuchlauben, Bognergasse, Seitzergasse and Am Hof, and nestled against the five-star luxury of the Park Hyatt Vienna has super-high-end stores like Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, and Saint Laurent which have sprung up to satisfy the most demanding fashionista.
- Mariahilfer Strasse – Vienna’s most famous shopping street. ‘Mahü’, in the 6th district, is home to department stores and high street clothing brands like Jack Wolfskin and Brandy Melville.
- McArthur Glen Parndorf outlet village – thirty minutes outside Vienna, it has over 130 boutiques with cafes and restaurants, children’s play area and free parking. Discover great designer stores such as Karl Lagerfeld, Gucci, Michael Kors, plus much more, and enjoy up to 70% discounts all year round – as well as Tax Free shopping.
Tax Free shopping in Salzburg
Outside of Vienna, many head for Salzburg. This incredibly beautiful city (called the Florence of the North) is crowned by the awe-inspiring UNESCO-listed Altstadt. The city is famous for three musical exports: Mozart, the Salzburg Festival and, of course, The Sound of Music.
- Getreidegasse - Salzburg’s main shopping street with its elaborately beautiful shop fronts. You’ll find the luxury brands as well as great selection of women’s wear labels and for an ample selection of menswear head to Wanger.
- Linzergasse - boutiques and excellent shoe stores like Ecco, jewellers like Galerie Baischer.
- 2015 Metiers d’Art collection – designed by Chanel, it incorporates the work of Europe’s best artisans around the city using such items as the famous Chanel jacket, denim lederhosen and full-length frilly dresses, set in the glorious Schloss Leopoldskron.
- McArthurGlen Designer Outlet - offers more than 100 designer brand stores located only 5 minutes from the Salzburg Airport.
- Europark Salzburg – this shopping center presents diversity in fashion, bags, cosmetics and beauty, jewelry, furniture, literature, paper goods, electrical equipment and much more.
Tax Free shopping in other cities
- Graz – Austria’s second largest city is a great place to visit: its four universities ensure a lively nightlife and art scene, and the city’s Kunsthaus, Friendly Alien, has to be seen to be believed.
- Hauptplatz – the main place to be for shops and boutiques, such as the main shopping street, Herrengasse. There’s a great choice here, with stores ranging from Espirit to Ludwig Reiter’s famous men’s shoes. And Sackstrasse, Graz’s ‘Art Mile’, boasts a fabulous mix of antique shops and contemporary galleries.
- Linz – Austria’s third largest city lies along the River Danube with its second longest shopping street, Linzer Landstrasse.
- Innsbruck - the capital of the Tyrol region, the top spot for Austria’s excellent skiing. There is a great mix of Tax Free shopping here from ski equipment stores from reliable brands such as Intersport to everyday wear, high-end shops, and lifestyle boutiques like Fink´s.
Shopping hours are generally 9.00/10.00 am to 7.00 pm from Monday to Friday and from 9.00/10.00 am to 6.00 pm on a Saturday. Shops do not open in Austria on Sundays except some souvenir shops in the city Centre.