Gummies Galore!: 3 Reasons to Visit the Haribo Factory Outlet Store in Bonn, Germany

If you love—and I mean LOVE—gummies, then this post is for you!

Recently, we (my sister, husband, and 2 good friends) decided to visit Bonn, Germany. Why? Forget the fact that Bonn was the former capital of West Germany from 1945-1990 and the birthplace of Beethoven, Bonn is home to a Haribo Factory Outlet Store (or Fabrikverkauf in German)!!

Full Disclosure: We did not learn anything about the company Haribo, how gummies are made, what’s up with the golden bear, or anything else for that matter. If that information was available, I definitely missed it. The goal of this trip was to obtain gummies.

However, I have to offer one fun fact: Haribo stands for ‘Hans Riegel Bonn’. ‘Hans Riegel’ comes from the name of the founder, Johannes ‘Hans’ Riegel, Sr., and ‘Bonn’ come from the city it’s headquartered in.

Now to the gummies!

The golden bear holding golden gummy bears greets you as you walk in!
The golden bear holding golden gummy bears greets you as you walk in!

Reason #1: Low Prices

Since this a factory outlet store, the prices are VERY competitive. Typical packages range from 150g-200g and in my local German grocery store they cost anywhere from 0.99-1.09 euros. However, these packs sell for 0.82 euros here! The larger packs are discounted as well. Now it’s not a massive savings, but it’s nice to know you’re saving a little.

It's only 82 euro cents!
It’s only 82 euro cents!

Also, there is a limit to how much you can buy. This is to prevent resales. Don’t worry, the amount you can buy is quite generous. See the cardboard cases in the picture above. There is a limit to 3 of those per person. We barely filled up one and we still had an obscene amount of gummies.

The gummy haul of my sister, husband, and I.
The gummy haul of my sister, husband, and I.

Reason #2: Personalized Gummy Selection

Are you the type of person that doesn’t want to be bound to the amounts or variety of gummies in pre-made packages? Perhaps, there’s a flavor you want to try out and you’re not ready to commit to a full package. Maybe you don’t want to give into the gummy madness and want to show some restraint (I epically failed at this). If so, you’re in luck!

The Haribo Factory Outlet allows you to select your own gummies and pay by weight! The selection is housed in a rather large aisle. So go ahead and go wild (or not!).

Just a small glimpse of the 'make-you-own-gummy-bag' selection.
Just a small glimpse of the ‘make-you-own-gummy-bag’ selection.
Die SCHLÜMPFE or Smurf Haribo have a semi-cult following in certain archaeology circles.
Die SCHLÜMPFE or Smurf Haribo have a semi-cult following in certain archaeology circles.

Reason #3:The Variety

The last, and best, reason to go the Haribo Factory Outlet is the variety. You can get so many types of gummies, many of which are either hard to find or not available in many grocery stores. You can also purchase Haribo varieties that are exclusively exported to other countries. The sheer variety made the trip for me.

Eager shoppers marveling at all the Haribo!
Eager shoppers marveling at all the Haribo!
The walls are literally lined with gummies!
The walls are literally lined with gummies!
Global gummies! The left package can be found in France, while the right package can be found in China.
Global gummies! The left package can be found in France, while the right package can be found in China.
Pug gummies! I mean, why not?
Pug gummies! I mean, why not?

Final Thoughts

Is the Haribo Factory Outlet store in Bonn a must-see stop in a Germany trip? Probably not.

Nonetheless, if you’re in Bonn, this a fun place to visit and stock up on souvenirs for your family and friends (and yourself!).

If you’re interested in visiting, here are some useful details, but be sure to check out the website as things change:

  • Address: Friesdorfer Str. 121, 53175 Bonn
  • Telephone Number: (+49) 0228/90 92 930
  • Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:30am-6pm & Saturday: 9:30am-4pm
  • Getting There: If you driving, there is plenty of parking on-site. If you plan to take public transportation, check out Bonn’s transportation website to plan your trip. The closest station is the bus stop ‘Wurzerstrasse, Bonn-Plittersdorf’, which is about a 7 minute walk from the Haribo Factory Outlet.

 

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Smiti Nathan

I’m an archaeologist that travels around the world for both work and pleasure. I have a penchant for exploring ancient and modern places and the people, plants, and foods entangled in them. I write about archaeology, travel, and productivity.

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