”Each time visiting the Villages is always a discovering tour.” is not just a slogan but my real experience. Ingolstadt Village and Wertheim Village always host special activities or discount sales in different seasons or holidays; they present exciting and fun actions to customers and let us feel new shopping experience. I visit one of the Villages about once in a season; the frequency is quite similar to my shopping plan and concept, “quality counts not quantity”, “needs count not desire”, and “a lower price for wished brands and goods” are my basic principles for shopping and lifestyle.
Last week, I visited Ingolstadt Village to find out the particular discount information and activities that two Villages offer during the Chinese New Year holiday season. Moreover, I also found nice stuff that I looked for. However, it doesn’t matter how much longer time I plan on shopping, in the end, I always feel that it is too short to discover all store and brands in the Villages. Therefore, I would like to introduce you how I spend my day in a Village, how I plan for my shopping. Moreover, I will show you the Chinese New Year discount information below. Oh, I also prepared a giveaway for you at the end of the article. Do not miss it.
這次在農曆新年之前先到購物村探行情、瞭解折扣資訊；這次除了新體驗之外也找到了些好物，的確物超所值、令人大呼過癮。不過每趟購物村之行都會有一個問題出現，那就是「時間都不夠用」，不慣事先安排再多的空檔、充裕的時間，搭車離開前都覺得時間太短不能好好地逛個過癮。所以呢，今天這篇文章將以一條龍的方式介紹我如何安排在購物村一整天的活動、時間安排；當然也有這次Ingolstadt Village以及Wertheim Village兩大購物村特別推出的農曆新年促銷優惠說明，以及我替大家準備的「恭喜贈獎好禮」，通通不要錯過了。
Usually, the Villages arrange a private shuttle for me each time when I join the activities. It is convenient; however, I had never experienced the ” Shopping Express” service that is organized by the Villages. Therefore, I had reserved the back and forth tickets for me via the Shopping Express website Page before I headed last week. It costs twenty Euro per person. The meeting point of the Shopping Express is just front of the Sofitel where is beside the Munich Main Station.
I booked a ticket at nine-thirty in the morning; the black Shuttle Bus came at nine-twenty at the meeting point. Together with me, many Chinese tourists did not reservice tickets firstly online; no worries, visitors can also buy tickets directly from the Shuttle Driver. However, I suggest booking your tickets online firstly, especially on weekends or during holiday high-seasons. It was relaxed and comfortable to take the Shopping Express to the Village; it took around one hour. I definitely suggest taking Shopping Express to go to the Villages, no matter you will visit Wertheim Village or Ingolstadt Village. Especially after your shopping tour, you will be exhausted and need someone drive you back; meanwhile, you can take a nap.
過往到購物村參加活動時都是由主辦單位安排專車接送，雖然方便，但是我卻從來沒有機會瞭解購物村接駁車Shopping Express的運作方式；所以這次出發前特別到Ingolstadt Village網頁Shopping Express瞭解詳細情形、事先訂票。以慕尼黑來說的話，每人每張來回票價二十歐元，我從慕尼黑總火車站的接駁點搭車（接駁點就在Sofitel飯店大門旁）。
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Visit the Customer Service Center after arriving the Village
No matter which Village you visit, please go to the Customer Service Center firstly after your arriving. The Customer Service Center is just beside the main entrance of any Village; if you take the Shopping Express, it stops just in the front of the Service Center. The Villages offer different main languages service, feel free to ask for your wishes or questions.
Why visit the Service Center firstly?
- Ask if they offer a welcome-gift or welcome-voucher on the day of your visit. The villages sometimes present special activities or discount; they will also offer guests a little welcome surprise.
- Ask if there is any particular discount or sale. The “village-price” is already lower than the regular price; however, some brands will present a special discount that will be a happy surprise for your shopping. Do not miss it.
- Ask if some brands offer an “extra discount when your shopping is higher than a certain of an amount”. It will be a plus.
- Tax-Free. It is easy, and it is another discount for tourists.
- Shopping Service. Feel free to ask the Service Center about your needs; they will offer your their support with their best.
- Free-WiFi. Ask the Service Center for Free-WiFi and show your friends your happiest moment in the Village.
- The Village sometimes host seasonal activities that every visitor can take part of it; feel free to ask if there is any activity on the day of your visit.
The Chinese New Year Bonus
Here, I would like to share with you some particular discount information of the Chinese New Year. It starts on 10.02.2018 and ends on 03.03.2018 at both Villages. Please download the image above and show the picture to the Service Center after your arriving to get all bonus and discount. For more information of the CNY discount, feel free to visit the websites : Ingolstadt Village and Wertheim Village.
- Particular brands offer extra 20% off discount; it makes a big difference.
- Free Shopping Express Code : CNY2018; you save twenty Euro per person.
- A welcome Coffee or tea voucher; break a while and get ready for your shopping tour.
不管你是自駕還是搭乘接駁車，到達購物村之後請務必先到服務中心報到；服務中心就在購物村大門旁（面對購物村大門左手側），而接駁車就直接停在服務中心門口。不管是哪一座購物村Wertheim Village或是Imgolstadt Village一定有可以說中文的服務人員，所以不要客氣直接與說中文的服務人員詢問。
- 行李保管服務。如果你是推著行李箱前往購物中心打算做團購、大肆採購，可以先請服務中心保管你的行李。尤其是從法蘭克福機場出境的旅客，就算在出境前也可以推著行李搭接駁巴士前往Wertheim Village，先寄物託管行禮再逛街買禮物，然後直接回到法蘭克福再搭機離境。
從二月十日起至三月三日止，適用於Wertheim Village以及Imgolstadt Village兩大購物村
DINING TIME AT THE VILLAGES
From my experience, the best way to get ready for the Shopping Tour is to enjoy a delicious meal in one of the restaurants in the Village. Meanwhile eating, also studying the Village map, the discount information that you just get from the Service Center and plan a shopping strategy. The VISTA D’ITALIA BY PIZZA INNOVAZIONE in the Ingolstadt Village and the PRIME and LA PIAZZA two restaurants in the Wertheim Village are my favorite places. They offer delicious dishes, from starter to dessert; further, the friendly services. However, using the time to make the shopping strategy is important. Now, you are ready.
按照以往經驗，早上出發抵達購物村並且先到服務中心報到之後，可以先到餐廳吃中飯、養精蓄銳，順便研究剛剛從服務中心拿到的折扣資訊，擬定購物戰略，才能在既定時間之內完成購物清單上的心願。在Ingolstadt Village有VISTA D’ITALIA BY PIZZA INNOVAZIONE餐館，在Wertheim Village有PRIME與LA PIAZZA兩家餐廳，都是獲得曾經與我一起同行前往購物村讀者在美味與品質的肯定；份量大之外，用餐氣氛與服務態度都很好。在開始購物之前好好地慢慢地吃頓飯、擬定購物計畫、從購物村地圖上勾出最想先逛先比價或是有高折扣的品牌店面，這樣才能萬無一失。
You not only can get discount information from the Customer Service Center but also from each store. I would ask again when I visit a store to make sure if there is any particular sale promotion; they know it the best. Every store would also like to service you in your favorite language, feel free to ask for support. Here are some tips that I have learned.
- Feel free to visit every store or brand as you like, even those stores or brands are not your “used-to-visit” shops. Even in those used-to-be-expensive” stores, you will find a treasure. I am sure you will find out something that surprises you and makes you happy with a little budget.
- Set a flexible shopping budget. I usually visit one of the Villages once in a season. I plan what to buy and set a flexible budget for my trip. For example, I expected to look for one pair of jeans, a coat in a lighter color and one pair of sports shoes for the gym; moreover, gifts for the giveaway. I set a budget around Euro 300. Although the stuff I bought is a bit different than I made on my wishlist, it was even better than I had expected, I spent around Euro 260 for all things I got.
- Visit the Villages regularly. The brands in the Villages will load new collection every one to two months; some even do it more often, the best way to find your favorite stuff in a lower price range is to visit the Villages regularly.
- Classic is Everything. I like to find classic yet timeless design goods in the Villages; for men and women collection, shoes, bags or clothes from those high-end brands with a lower price range.
Well, shall we move to the next step and find out what I found in the Ingolstadt Village?
Liebeskind, a German leather brand that I like and recommend. They design and offer soft quality leather goods, most of all, the price range is affordable. The collections now are clean and modern since several seasons; it is easy to find a design that fits everyone’s style. I found a light blue/grey cosmetic bag, and I got another same one for the giveaway. I will show you the details about the giveaway at the end of the article. When you come to the Villages, make sure to check the Liebeskind store.
I wanted to buy a new pair of jeans, probability from Levi’s; however, I saw only the style that I have already at home; therefore, I looked for other brands. Trussardi just presented an extra 50% off discount on the sale price; a good reason to visit. Lucky, I found one pair of jeans that fits perfectly. Italien makes the nice cut trousers, everyone knows about it.
You might know that I always visit Swarovski each time when I come to the Villages. Good quality from Austria, affordable price range, not even to mention that how lovely the prices in the Villages. Make sure to visit the Swarovski store when you come to the Villages. Well, I picked up a double bracelet as a gift for the giveaway, sounds good, right?
I present Swarovski to people who :
- would like to give yourself a little present.
- Look for a gift for Female elders.
- Look for a gift for your girlfriend or someone you like.
I got many messages about what I found in the Closed Store after uploading an image to my IG account. I planned to buy one pair of sports shoes for the gym; I didn’t see any style I like. Then I thought, how about one hoodie that I can wear when I visit HK next week. Closed is a brand that I appreciate for a long time, they have a clean and simple design which is similar to my styling concept.
I saw this light grey/blue hoodie right away, the style, cut and color are just perfect as I was looking for. At the same time, I found a treasure, the dream and excellent coat that is a light brown color, and made with the mix of wool and cashmere. The point is, I got it with an extra 50% off on the “village price; it was Euro 500, and I paid only Euro 80. It made me smile even on the way back to Munich in the shuttle bus. An outfit post of this coat will be online soon. I can not wait to show you how beautiful it is.
I have shared with you many times about how I love some beauty products from Rituals, lipstick, hand cream, fragrance candle, shower cream, and body scrub cream, massage oil. My the other half is also a fan of Rituals, he is sometimes even crazier than me. He spends more than a half hour to try every smell and then he can be satisfied with his finds at the end. I also picked up some of my favorite products as the gifts for the giveaway.
A Coffee Break 喝杯咖啡休息一下
Both Villages have the Coffee Fellows, where you find comfortable seat areas or sofas, nowhere is better than here after several hours shopping. Bagels and Muffins are my must-order sweets, Coffee Latte is also always on my order list. Treat yourself a cup of coffee and one piece of cake, make a break and keep shopping.
兩大購物村裡都有Coffee Fellows常駐咖啡館，空間寬敞還附有沙發座區，是在逛了幾小時之後最適合休息的空間。貝果與馬芬是我大推、一定要嚐嚐的美味，而拿鐵則是我每回必點飲品。Coffee Fellows都在購物村大門入口處，很好找的。
The Villages decorate the shopping areas with the different styles in different seasons. This time, to match the atmosphere of Chinese New Year, they added red and gold beautiful decorations. When you visit the Villages during the celebrating dates, do not forget to enjoy the nice background as well.
Happy Shopping 滿載而歸
I used to buy shoes and bags when I visit the Villages; this time, I gave myself more time to try some clothes on. Luckily, I also found stuff I like and got a good discount. How about you? ARe you visiting Germany during the Chinese New Year holiday? Do you actually live in Germany and already plan to visit one of the Villages? What are your favorite brands? Feel free to share your ideas with me.
以往到購物村，我總是看包包以及鞋子比較多，這次則給自己比較多點時間試穿比較，反而集中在衣服上的購買了。不過剛好喜歡的款式都有特價再折扣的驚喜，除了省下許多預算之外，更是讓人開心。你呢？這次過年和我一樣在異鄉度過嗎？是新年和家人的旅遊，還是和我一樣常居國外呢？你怎麼辦年貨呢？如果有機會到德國來自助旅行，可別忘記可以把兩大購物村Ingolstadt Village（在慕尼黑近郊）以及Wertheim Village（在法蘭克福近郊）放進行程中，給自己一天的時間逛逛特價精品，順便把退稅也一起辦好了。如果你今年到德國境內兩大購物村，那你最想逛哪些品牌呢？歡迎和我分享唷。
Fanning Tseng, a self-taught photographer.
Fanning had studied Interior Design and hosted an interior studio in Taipei, Taiwan. Currently lives in Munich, Germany and works as a freelance photographer. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in Chinese online magazines Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.
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