KATHE WOHLFAHRT: CHRISTMAS ALL YEAR ROUND!
I have come across Kathe's shops in quite a few cities in Germany.
I think her shop has the best selection of Christmas decorations and anything to do with Christmas, I have ever seen. No need to wait for Christmas, as the store is open all year round.
I love what she has, but I do find the gifts rather expensive, but then the quality looks good and often items are hand-painted or made of wood.
She does have a on-line shop if you can't make it to Germany!
• Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
• Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
• Sundays and Public Holidays: closed
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Nürnberg Christmas Market: December
Nuremberg’s Christmas Market with about two million visitors a year is one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany and one of the most famous in the world. The market dates back to the middle of the 16th century having the first mention in writing in 1628.
Annually, usually from the last Friday in November to Christmas Eve.
Monday to Thursday: 9:30 am to 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:30 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm
What to buy: Wooden chalets, covered in red-and-white cloth give the Christmas Market its name of "Little Town from Wood and Cloth". About 180 stall holders sell gourmet treats and quality Christmas gifts that include; Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods and sweets, Christmas tree angels, cribs, Christmas tree ornaments and candles, toys as well as arts and crafts products. Refreshments include rolls with Nuremberg roast sausages and mugs of mulled wine.
What to pay: Various
Wurzelsepp: Tea and candy in Nurnberg
Wide and lovely selection of candy, tea, cosmetics, decorative items. I wish we had bought more. Really wonderful proprietors who made phone calls to the US to return my wallet to me.
What to buy: Specialty candies
What to pay: Varies- very good quality
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Stalls at Christkindlmarkt: Where better to buy something for your tree?
One of the wonderful things about Christkindlmarkt (and many other German Christmas fairs) is that there is strict quality control on what can be sold - subtext: "No plastic"!
Many of the stalls sell Christmas-related handicrafts, so it was the logical place to pick up a Christmas tree ornament as a souvenir of our time in Nuernberg. This very simple wood carving is special as it was my husband's selection - usually the choice is left up to me.
Puppen: Dolls and teddy bears
Here you see a shop where you can buy teddy bears and I suppose also dolls, since that is the meaning of Puppen in German. It was a nice subject for some pictures.
What to buy: Dolls are a typical product of Nürnberg, the capital city of toys. So, they are something you can bring home from your journey to this city. You can find them in many other shops beside the one in these photos (don't even ask me where it is located, I don't know).
What to pay: I have no idea, but they must not be very cheap.
All the Usual Suspects: General and Upscale Shopping
Three pedestrianized shopping streets in the Lorenz side of the Pegnitz diverge from the white tower and end on the Konigstrasse. The Konigstrasse is the "main drag" with lots of hotels, restaurants, and low-end shopping. On both sides of the river numerous kiosks sell fruit and vegetables, drinks, and cheap tourist items. The three most important shopping streets are Breite Gasse nearest the Frauentor, Karolinenstrasse in the middle, and Kaisserstrasse on the banks of the river. The first has the least prestigious shopping and the Kaisserstrasse houses all the famous and expensive stores like Prada, Gucci, Marc O'Polo, Villeroy and Boch, etc. A nice display of silks, furs, and leathers can be found at Rene Lezard. From Kaisserstrasse one can cross a bridge to the cute Troedelmarkt island with a wide cobbled plaza lined by very upscale local vendors and cute cafes.
We visited several of the shoppes on Kaisserstrasse - very elegant stores, quiet ambience, appropriately attired saleshelp, soft background music. The street itself is very pretty, lined by the fine stores, cobblestoned, with decorative streetlamps, fountains, and small statues. Store selections and displays were exquisite but relatively small and seemed expensive even when we allowed for the sorry state of the US dollar. At least in Gucci, Proserpina felt the offerings were "last year"s styles".
On the Sebald side of the river, stores were scattered between other businesses and buildings like the Prager Kunstsalon described above, and searching for shopping in this area is hit-or-miss.
Woolworth's: The Traveller's Saviour
Woolworth's is a name from the American past - the last one of a nationwide chain closed decades ago. This store recalls those memories right down to the facade. Closely packed displays with narrow aisles feature cheap clothing, appliances, cosmetics, and packaged food like chips candy soda and tinned fish, just like in days of yore. The included image was exposed to capture the bustle of Konigstrasse near the Frauentor with St. Lorenz in the distance and by serendipity includes the storefront on the right side.
We found this store an invaluable source for cheap items - toothpaste and cosmetic items in large sizes we were unable to bring on the plane, a cheap very light pocketbook for P to carry with very light being the operative word, a simple scarf for chilly evenings. The prices were extremely low in keeping with the quality offered. The staff spoke nothing but German but seemed delighted that Americans had actually found their way inside.
Prager Kunstsalon: Upscale Boutique
Finally a store for which I can accurately use the word funky. This small store on a side street offers unusual and imaginative decorative items and accessories including glassware, uniquely design clothing for women with imports from Italy featured, smaller different-looking furniture pieces (lamps, small indoor fountains), and creative jewelry - funky and exclusive. There are some ceramic and porcelain pieces as well as a few rather strange sculptures. The owner and her daughter run the store and are very helpful. They appear to deal only with smaller suppliers they know well. Prices are high, but not unreasonably so.
Proserpina ended up with a short high waisted red jacket from an Italian designer unlike anything she had previously seen ($180 US) and for which she has received several favorable comments.
Removed somewhat from the important Alstadt shopping streets, Prager Kunstsalon is a major recommendation in an unanticipated location.
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All year through, you can find distinct markets in the city, reaching from fish to pottery to spring to fall market and don't you forget the most famous of them all: the Christkindlesmarkt in december!
What to buy: Depending on the market's topic you can buy any item for the household on the Herbstmarkt, fish, pottery, Christmas articles and whatever you dream of.
What to pay: 0,50€ to 1,000,000€
All Around The City: Nürnberg Souvenirs
There are several shops where you can get souvenirs of Nürnberg and the surrounding Bavaria around Hauptmarkt and all through the Altstadt.
What to buy: You can get anything from flags to mugs to pins to hats etc ...
What to pay: from 0,50€ to 1,000,000€
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various: You'll find it all
Nürnberg has quite a bit of decent shopping if you are into that. This is a view of one of the main shopping streets, the Königsstrasse, looking back towards the Burg high above the city on its cliff. The other main street is Karolinenstrasse, but all around these streets, there are plenty too. The main German department stores are all here.
What to buy: Well...Lebkuchen cakes. Shops selling them are everywhere and I was fascinated that there is a market for that many. One thing I found expensive here was shoes which are even cheaper in Sweden! But apart from that, you can find many nice clothes and plenty of special shops for whatever you might look for from German kitchen knives to jewellery. Personally, I got dragged into a huge toy shop to buy Playmobils. There are of course loads of the little figures on sale here so the six-year-old was in paradise :)))
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What to buy: Lebkuchen is some kind of gingerbread and it is THE thing to buy in Nuremberg!! For more than six hundred years Nuremberg has been famous as the center of German production.
Formerly situated on a major trade route from the Orient to northern Europe, it was surrounded by forests buzzing with beehives. Nuremberg's bakers took advantage of these ingredients to make the cakes that became known as Lebkuchen.
Their enterprise was so successful that in 1643 these special bakers (known as Lebküchner) formed a guild to limit competition and control the quantity and quality of their wares. Nuremberg Lebkuchen were of such high quality (and based on such costly ingredients) that they were accepted as a payment for city taxes and sent as gifts to nobles, princes, and heads of state.
Many different stores: Shopping in Nuremberg
When you walk around in the Old Town of Nuremberg, you will come across many small stores everywhere. However, the biggest department stores and shops are on the few pedestrian street (Karolinenstr, for example). You can find stores like Zara, H&M, Karstadt, C&A, and many many more.
What to buy: You can find all kinds of stores in Nuremberg, so you can probably find whatever you are looking for. Just keep in mind that the stores get very full on Saturdays and most of the stores are closed on Sunday.
What to pay: There are some cheap stores, but also some expensive ones - something for everyone!
C & A: How did that happen?
C & A isn't special to Nürnberg, I found them all over Germany - even in Ansbach! Somehow, though, when my sister Beth and I made a stop in C & A to find "split pants" we ended up staying there for four hours! The time just flew by, it was amazing.
What to buy: At C & A, my sister and I went through all the floors (four or five) and our favourite was the one with the clothes from Clockhouse. Ahh, slit pants! We also checked out the top floor, and Beth bought a traditional Bavarian blouse that she has since incorporated into an outfit for the Texas Renaissance Festival. I bought a traditional pair of shoes, that I love (but not as much as the pants!)
What to pay: I got some serious deals at C & A. Buying last season's clothes saved me about 50%; a 35 euro pair of pants cost 19 euro! Why didn't I buy more slit pants? *sigh* I guess I'll have to go back and buy some more.
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