For the German VTers that I met on my trip, the biggest attraction was the McArthur Glen Designer Outlets. Outside this shopping center, there is a large parking lot. Also, you can easily reach the outlets by foot from the train station. If you walk, you need to go through a small pedestrian tunnel under a major roadway.
There are many stores with top brand name merchandise. While there may be discounts from the regular retail prices, most of the designer merchandise sold here is still not inexpensive.
In addition to the shops, there are some restaurants and cafes.
While not as glamorous as the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Center, the pedestrian zone in the Roermond city center has some very nice stores for clothes and other merchandise. Furthermore, the city center pedestrian zone has a nice, relaxed atmosphere.
A decent number of fashion/sports brands are represented in this Outlet Center. It's an open-air mall where all well known brands sell their remaining stock with a discount.
The outlet center is not just foccussed on the locals but for people from all over the region. German and English are used as secondary languages over here so it's real easy getting around here. Especially Germans know to find this place.
Quite unique for Dutch shops, the center is open every sunday.
What to pay: At least some money for parking if you take the car!
Very small Gift shop in the market square, the ower is pleasent and takes the time to listern to an Englishman talking in terrible Dutch/German English. Well worth a visit and i will again.
What to buy: Local food produce
What to buy: Roermond has an Outlet Center ( McArthurGlen)where nearly every German seems to gather. Cars are bumper to bumper trying to get there but WHY oh Why dont they check out the city center, 5 minutes walk from the Outlet ?
An outlet mall on open air, with shops selling clothes from known brands. Overall you can find stuff here a lot cheaper than in neighbouring Germany, and this is probably why so many Germans come here.
What to buy: clothes, home stuff, electronic stuff
What to pay: this depends on what you want to buy
Finally the Dutch are catching up on the rest of the world with a commercial zone just outside the citycenter, easy to reach by car from the A52 (Dusseldorf-Roermond) and A73 (Maastricht-Roermond-Venlo-Nijmegen). Despite many other cities this center is open every day of the year so shopping on sunday is possible as well but it tends to get really crowded on sundays and holidays and parking your car somewhere else is likely to happen.
What to buy: Shops included:
Toys 'R Us
Media Markt (tip)
Henders & Hazel
AH XL (supermarket)
Wok to Go
A "designer outlet" is a place where usually expensive stuff is being sold for much lower prices. In Roermond you'll find one just outside the centre, north of the cathedral in a former army barracks that has been turned into an attractive shopping centre. It's mostly clothes but you can also find kitchen utensils and cosmetics, as well as a McDonalds. Personally I couldn't care less about products by Nike, Bjorn Borg or Ralph Lauren, but my wife bought a few things at The Body Shop at a good bargain.
On Sundays you can park your car for free. If you can find a spot, that is. This place attracts a lot of people, especially from Germany.