Cologne Bonn has two terminals, Terminals 1 and 2, which are connected by a shuttle bus. Both terminals boast a Duty Free/Travel Value outlet operated by Gebr. Heinemann, which has shops at nearly every German airport. Now we could grumble about the lack of competition and variety in German travel-retail, but we won’t. Gebr. Heinemann is a pretty good travel-retailer and makes an effort to promote local products to distinguish the product offer at each of its airport locations.
The retailer also has an excellent website, heinemann-dutyfree.com, where travellers can pre-order their purchases before travelling and then pick them up in departures. There is also a comprehensive product listing and details of new arrivals and special promotions. Examples of deals on offer to traveller in July 2011, include 30% off the following: Highland Park Vintage 1998 single malt whisky (€31.50/£27.70), Lacoste Pour Femme edp spray (€41/£36), Davidoff Adventure edt spray (€37/£32.55) and a 1 kilogramme box of Lindt Assorted Napolitains (€18.50/£16.30).
Fashion is a strong category at Cologne Bonn. Take your pick from the informal but stylish international fashion chain Esprit, which runs outlets in both terminals, and sells everything from lingerie and hosiery to jackets and caps, to the more classic, formal look of Hugo Boss, which again boasts shops in both terminals. Other alternatives include Marco O’Polo (Terminal 1), which is famous for its casual shirts, and Mexx• an international fashion brand selling clothes and accessories for men, women and children. Mexx describes its metropolitan casual look as “smart, classy and confident”.
We like our gadgets here at taxfreetravel so the Pro-Idee outlet in Termina1 also caught our eye. Pro-Idee is a German retailer, which sources a wide of range of design-led products (many of them are award winners) from around the world. Jewellery, homeware, electronics, travel accessories and quirky items such as solar-powered showers are all part of the mix.
They are a liberal-minded lot the Germans so perhaps it is no surprise that Cologne Bonn airport features its own adult shop in the shape of Beate-Uhse (Terminal 1), a well-established retailer in this “field” with outlets selling XXX-rated materials all over the country. What is a surprise, however, is that the airport lacks a decent electronics shop (the Mobile Phone Shop in the arrivals of Terminal 2 just doesn’t cut it in our view).
Where Cologne Bonn does score marks is in having supermarkets in both terminals (Rewe City in Terminal 1 is particularly impressive). Luxury goods and duty-free are all very well, but in an airport dominated by short-haul low-cost traffic sometimes travellers need to stock up on everyday essentials rather than fancy gifts.
If you crave a pint (or should that be a half litre?) of the local “Kölsch beer, head to the Sion Kölsch bar in Terminal 1, or the Kölsch & Co. bar in Terminal 2. Alternatively, sweet treats can be bought from the Kamps bakery in Terminal 1, while the Käfer Deli Lounge in Terminal 2 serves up salads, sandwiches, hot dishes and desserts with great views of the runway. Guten Appetit!
Cologne Bonn official airport shopping site (also available in German and Dutch)