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Buying Rimowa in Frankfurt Airport

Old Feb 17, 15, 10:27 pm
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Buying Rimowa in Frankfurt Airport

Hello -

I will be traveling to Geneva, layover at Frankfurt for couple of hours. I'm interested in picking up a Rimowa Topas carry on. Can someone direct me to which store/shop in Frankfurt airport sells Rimowa? I will be flying via Lufthansa arriving into Terminal C (?).

My other option is getting them at Paris over this coming weekend. But I would assume Frankfurt airport would have a cheaper price than in paris?

Thanks for the tips!
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Old Feb 18, 15, 6:45 am
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How to get there depends on where you are flying in from. Look/ask for the Lufthansa World Shop, post-immigration.
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Old Feb 18, 15, 8:03 am
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There are 2 LH Worldshop Locations at FRA and there's another shop that carries a limited number of Rimowa bags as well.
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Old Feb 18, 15, 8:11 am
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The FRA terminal maps are a little hard to read, but make it clear the LH WorldShops (there are 2 of them) are landside. The WorldShop map for one of them is pretty good:

https://www.worldshop.eu/page/positionPlanFrankfurt?4

[I posted the link alone because for some reason my browser doesn't always connect to the map. If you search 'Frankfurt' on the WorldShop site, position plan will open the map]


The other WorldShop is in departure area A, but I haven't stopped at that one and WorldShop hasn't posted its map yet.

Not sure what your itinerary is. but the WorldShop can hold your purchase and if on your return from Geneva you don't want to exit airside to pick it up, can deliver it to you at your connecting gate. I am not sure how that works for a bag like a Topas which when boxed, is too big for carry-on. Maybe your airline can gate-check it for you.

In any case, check out this thread. I was in FRA 2 weeks ago and in post #192 priced the Topas I think you are looking at:
Discussion re: Rimowa prices

If you search topics here you can find a number of threads re: buying Rimowa in airports and the related VAT questions.

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Old Feb 18, 15, 9:24 am
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Thanks! Let me read through the long thread.

What about in terms of getting them at Paris versus at Frankfurt airport? Would I expect to see much price differences? Ideally getting them at Paris and get VAT refunded at Paris airport is the best. But if the price at Paris is significantly higher than FRA, I may have to settle it during my layover.

Thanks again...
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Old Feb 18, 15, 11:28 am
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Hi Jimmymoo -

Rimowa as you know is a German-owned and originated product.

Unless you know the various product luggage models, and can find what you want in a great sale somewhere, Germany will always be a better price location for Rimowa, than France, and especially Switzerland.

You have good advice points posted above. I would suggest you call ahead to order and hold your selected Rimowa case upon your arrival in FRA, unless you only want to look around.

LH Worldshop can also meet you with your new case upon your arrival, to save you extra time in transit. I believe that service fee remains at an extra 30 Euros on top of the case price. But again, you do this well ahead of your arrival by phone, email, or fax, with confirmation documentation.

Last summer a relative from Brasil came to visit us with her friend, who wanted a Rimowa set of luggage in red. I called and ordered the set for her, and it arrived 1 day before we did in Frankfurt. To me that is quite close, but it is better to be safe (considering late flights, airport crowds, and the huge city-size of FRA) than to be sorry.

I hope this is helpful to your plans.
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Old Feb 23, 15, 5:33 am
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FRA is the best place to get it. Since you are leaving the EU to go to GVA, you should be able to get it duty free if they deliver to your gate. Might be an added advantage of doing delivery at the gate, as they will know you are departing.
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Old Feb 23, 15, 10:37 am
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All,

I will be in Frankfurt for a week. Can I get a better deal if I buy outside of the airport? Or is inside the airport the best choice?

Also can I buy the Rimowa when I land and then have it checked with me when I leave? What is the best way to do this? My flight departs at 7:30 AM, so it would be much easier for me to buy it upon my arrival. Is the shop airside?
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Old Feb 25, 15, 7:23 pm
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Originally Posted by lagunas2k View Post
All,

I will be in Frankfurt for a week. Can I get a better deal if I buy outside of the airport? Or is inside the airport the best choice?

Also can I buy the Rimowa when I land and then have it checked with me when I leave? What is the best way to do this? My flight departs at 7:30 AM, so it would be much easier for me to buy it upon my arrival. Is the shop airside?
I was there a few weeks ago. Both LH WorldShops are landside, outside security. In my post above (#4) I added a link to a discussion re: best deals that looks pretty comprehensive.

You can check anything LHWS sells in the original packaging if thatís what you want to do. Also, if you establish an account, LHWS can order certain items that will be there for you when you arrive - the logos tell you which items can be picked up in FRA.
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Old Feb 25, 15, 11:23 pm
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Originally Posted by AATrout View Post
I was there a few weeks ago. Both LH WorldShops are landside, outside security. In my post above (#4) I added a link to a discussion re: best deals that looks pretty comprehensive.

You can check anything LHWS sells in the original packaging if thatís what you want to do. Also, if you establish an account, LHWS can order certain items that will be there for you when you arrive - the logos tell you which items can be picked up in FRA.
I just did some reading through some of the older threads. Did you find the packing liners to be high quality? They don't seem as nice or perhaps as intuitive as the rimowa branded ones. I'm actually a bit bummed they don't carry the salsa deluxe line. I like that line because the zipper is a bit more versatile and flexible when it comes to packing the suitcase.

Some of the pictures are either off or the line is modified a bit from the Rimowa variety. I was looking at the 83L Limbo Lufthansa version, and the pictures show a rather large "plastic stopper"? or side protector when the case is on its side vs. the Rimowa line which are much smaller and less obtrusive. The handle also seems less "modern"?

https://www.worldshop.eu/product/RIM...lack/1738328?3

vs.

http://www.rimowa.com/en-us/limbo-mu...se/881.73.50.4
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Old Mar 16, 15, 5:53 am
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In addition to buying Rimowa at the airport, can anyone recommend a good dealer for Rimowa in Frankfurt itself?

Am looking for these two models and they don't show up on the LH Worldshop inventory, as far as I can see:
1) Rimowa Salsa Cabin Trolley Multiwheel 56
http://www.rimowa.com/en-us/salsa-ca...se/810.56.32.4
2) Rimowa Bolero Multiwheel Cabin Trolley 56
http://www.rimowa.com/en-us/bolero-c...se/865.56.32.4

I dont expect these to be found airside at frankfurt, as they are slightly larger than Lufhansa carry-one size, but are carry-on-able on some other airlines.

Its a bit of a last-minute thing, and therefore cant really order these ahead of time, so if there is someplace that one can pick them up in-store in Frankfurt or at airport, that would be ideal.
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Old Mar 16, 15, 10:09 am
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Originally Posted by lagunas2k View Post
I just did some reading through some of the older threads. Did you find the packing liners to be high quality? They don't seem as nice or perhaps as intuitive as the rimowa branded ones. I'm actually a bit bummed they don't carry the salsa deluxe line. I like that line because the zipper is a bit more versatile and flexible when it comes to packing the suitcase.

Some of the pictures are either off or the line is modified a bit from the Rimowa variety. I was looking at the 83L Limbo Lufthansa version, and the pictures show a rather large "plastic stopper"? or side protector when the case is on its side vs. the Rimowa line which are much smaller and less obtrusive. The handle also seems less "modern"?

https://www.worldshop.eu/product/RIM...lack/1738328?3

vs.

http://www.rimowa.com/en-us/limbo-mu...se/881.73.50.4
I see what you mean - the corner guards on the hinge side in the black 83l picture look they are extended to offer some kind of foot to stabilize the bag when on its side. I don't recall seeing that but maybe I didn't pay attention to this Limbo-like version LH calls the elegance collection. In fact I don't remember seeing them on display.

Interesting enough, though if you look at the seal gray 83l, the pictures of the whole range don't show those funny-looking corners.
LH 83l in seal gray

In checking out the liners on the 83l - they look identical to those on my Limbo.
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Old Apr 9, 15, 5:25 am
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I am passing through Frankfurt twice over the next few months, and hoping to use the opportunity to pick up some Rimowa bags.

The first time I have 1 hr 30 in between flights (early morning, Schengen-Schengen) and the second time I have 2 hrs between flights (mid-morning, Schengen-non-Schengen).

I know that I can get carry on bags delivered to the gate which I guess should work, but I was also hoping to pick up a check-in size bag as well. My plan would be to come out of security and immigration (EU passport), visit the Worldshop (having ordered in advance), put the new carry on into the new big bag and check in the big bag. My questions are:

1. Is this even possible if I am on a through ticket i.e. can I check in a bag half-way through?

2. If so, would 2 hours to do all this be enough time?

3. If on the day it clearly won't work, can I later cancel my order or will I end up with a paid for bag stuck in Frankfurt?

4. Is it better to try the first time or the second time?

5. The two bags are the LH Elegance Cabin Trolley and LH Elegance Multiwheel Large size case. According to the dimensions one should fit inside the other but can anyone confirm?

I would try to claim the VAT back when I leave the EU (which I think is the correct procedure) at an airport where I should have more time, so that should make things a bit quicker.

Thank you for your thoughts!
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Old Apr 9, 15, 4:38 pm
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Hi Bosskh -

Having done this a few times at FRA since 1994, I would suggest the following:

1. If your chosen LH case, or cases are paid for before you arrive, I would make your pick-up upon arrival, and not departure.

One and one half hours is more than enough time to accomplish this, even for a traveler new to FRA. It will also allow you a little time to browse in the LH Worldshop for other purchases.

Waiting until your departure allows more risk into the purchase picture at the end of your trip. Your flight arrival can be late, you become delayed, risk of a strike, etc. There are many possibilities to consider, so why not make the effort upon arrival ?.

But coming into FRA, with your items pre-paid, all you must do is go over the FRA map, or pay the small token amount to have someone meet you from LH at the gate with your new luggage case. The LH staff can certainly escort you back to the LH Worldshop in short order for more buying, which I'm confident they would be happy to do !

Keep us posted.
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Old Apr 10, 15, 6:07 am
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Originally Posted by Swissaire View Post
Hi Bosskh -

Having done this a few times at FRA since 1994, I would suggest the following:

1. If your chosen LH case, or cases are paid for before you arrive, I would make your pick-up upon arrival, and not departure.

One and one half hours is more than enough time to accomplish this, even for a traveler new to FRA. It will also allow you a little time to browse in the LH Worldshop for other purchases.

Waiting until your departure allows more risk into the purchase picture at the end of your trip. Your flight arrival can be late, you become delayed, risk of a strike, etc. There are many possibilities to consider, so why not make the effort upon arrival ?.

But coming into FRA, with your items pre-paid, all you must do is go over the FRA map, or pay the small token amount to have someone meet you from LH at the gate with your new luggage case. The LH staff can certainly escort you back to the LH Worldshop in short order for more buying, which I'm confident they would be happy to do !

Keep us posted.
Hi Swissaire:

Thank you so much for your helpful reply, it is really appreciated.

So then I will try to pick up my cases the first time I am in FRA, as it would give me another shot the second time in case something goes wrong the first time.

Regarding delivery at the gate, can it also be used for cases that are too big for carry on board and would need to be checked in (maybe the bag can then be gate checked)? Otherwise I understand I would have to collect my bags from the LH shop and make it to the LH check in desks at least 40 minutes before my next flight (i.e. that leaves 50 minutes from landing to finish with the LH shop). Worth a shot in your opinion, or would you suggest I just pick up a bag that can be carried on and get it gate delivered?

Also, do you have any experience checking luggage with LH half-way through a ticket, essentially when changing planes - is it something they would be expecting?

Thanks again!
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