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Top holiday shopping: the Rhine Gorge

Germany is known for its beautiful scenery, mountains and lakes, and there are few better views than those down the Rhine Gorge between Koblenz and Bingen. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, the Rhine Gorge is a 65km stretch of the River Rhine famous for its castles, historic towns, vineyards and river cruises. The region is a magnet for walkers and lovers of the great outdoors. Here’s our pick of the top shops to stock up on walking shoes, outdoor clothing and camping gear in Cologne before you head south

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For style-friendly sportswear, turn to SportScheck on Schildergasse, which stocks streetwear fashion by Converse, G-Star and Quiksilver, as well as everything you need to get yourself kitted out for your walking trip.

SportScheck, Schildergasse 38-42, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)1805 577678 48


Geox has been making performance footwear using waterproof and breathable fabrics for nearly 20 years. All Geox shoes are tested at the company’s head office in Montebelluna in Italy to see how they respond to heat generated through wear, making them ideal for walking in hot weather.

Geox, Hohe Strasse 135, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 2508 5491

Outdoors specialist Globetrotter stocks everything you could possibly need for a walking or camping tour down the Rhine Gorge. Its diverse range of products includes fleeces, waterproofs and footwear as well as climbing equipment, backpacks, tents and sleeping bags.

Globetrotter, Richmodstrasse 10, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 277 2880

Jack Wolfskin
Jack Wolfskin’s stock of stylish jackets and outdoor clothing is ideal for roaming the countryside whatever the weather, so those heading off on a Rhine walking holiday should be sure to visit the store. With the help of an experienced and knowledgeable team, customers can find functional garments that are also refreshingly stylish.

Jack Wolfskin, Minoritenstrasse 2, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 2709 5792

Karstadt Sports

The specialist sportswear branch of one of Germany’s top department stores, Karstadt Sports is the place to find great-value sportswear and equipment for everything from golf and tennis to running and rollerblading – and, of course, hiking.

Karstadt Sports, Schildergasse 31-37, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 250 9920



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