One of Germany's oldest pharmacies is the MARIEN-APOTHEKE located in the Marktplatz. This wonderful half-timbered structure, one of Rothenburg's most beautiful patrician houses, is the JAGSTHEIMER HOUSE, built in 1488 for Mayor Jagstheimer and features a picturesque oriel window under which is a statue of Mary and Child.
They carry a variety of pharmacy products and cosmetics.
The KATHE WOHLFAHRT in Rothenburg is an amazing store with a Christmas village all set up inside with a giant 3.5 metre high Nutcracker and a five metre white Christmas tree. Hundreds of Christmas theme gifts including decorations, lights, half-timbered replica buildings, etc.
There is also a Christmas Museum.
It is often said that presentation is everything and with this particular emporium of fine food, the saying is true. this is the finest food presentation I have ever seen, bar none and I mean that. It would be impossible to walk past without stopping to look at the very least.
What to buy: I think I could go wild just on the sausages.
What to pay: I wouldn't think that the fare would be very cheap, but then I wouldn't know being from another country.
The name Kaethe Wohlfahrt is extremely well known in many parts of Europe but none more so than in Germany and Rothenburg in particular. The majority of gift shops in Rothenburg bear the name of Kaethe Wohlfahrt and her Christmas Museum is an absolute delight.
What to buy: I think that the dolls are my favourite in all of these shops. There are so many different varieties and the most outstanding feature of so many of them is the eyes. You would swear they were human.
What to pay: Not as much as you may think. Not cheap mind you, but still affordable.
This shop is right in the thick of things and you can't miss it because it has a larger than life bear waiting at the front door to wecome you.
What to buy: Inside you will find more teddy bears than you could ever imagine. All shapes and all sizes. there are also other souvenir type things on sale.
What to pay: You could possibly pick up a small bear for a few euro or if you've got money to burn and love teddy bears, I guess the sky would be the limit.
This shop sells the most fascinating array of suits of armour and all things medieval. More of a boy's shop than a girl's shop I would think, however, they do have ladies headgear.
What to buy: Full size suit of armour and all manner and means of toys depicting medieval days of knights in shiny armour.
What to pay: Sorry, I had no intention of buying anything so I didn't find out how the stock was priced.
Kathe Wohlfahrt, and I had previously been into one of her Xmas shops. The item's for sale are by no means cheap, but they are beautiful and look to be of very good quality.
The shop sells everything you can think of to do with xmas! I loved having a browse through here, only problem, in this shop there were NO PHOTO'S ALLOWED!
I had already taken one before I saw the sign.
If you want, you can buy online by going to the website below.
Konditorei Striffler was the 1st bakery in Rothenburg, that started to produce these cakes back in the year 1925. Snowballs are still produced freshly every day there. BUT be careful, before buying a large number of them, they are really hard and need some tricks to be eaten. I had one with just cinnemon and sugar, and it was quite hard work to break out smaller parts, I could eat. Those snowballs, covered with chocolate will get you terribly sticky fingers...
What to buy: Schneeballen (Snowballs) are a traditional desert of the area and you may see them in almost any Konditorei / Confectionery in Rothenburg ob der Tauber . The principal of such a snowball are wide stripes of a special - quite hard dough consisting of plenty of eggs, cream and plum-brandy - and many of such stripes will be gathered in the shape of a snowball before baking them. Click on my link below and learn more about it on the webpage of that Konditorei Striffler, you may even order Schneeballen there online...
What to pay: Schneeballen are about 1,80 Euro each for the size on my picture
This shop in Herrengasse 12 was the best one that I saw in Rothenburg, where you may buy an iron armoury. B.t.w. the one on my picture is 1290 Euros, and I am not even sure that this is a confortable one...
The shop is open Monday-Friday :
09.00a.m.-12.00noon + 02.00p.m.-06.00p.m.
Saturday 09.00a.m. - 04.00p.m.
and even on sunday : 11.00a.m. - 04.00p.m.
What to buy: They have quite a good choice of iron amouries, similar shop I saw so far only in Prague.
What to pay: 1290 Euros for the big iron armouy on my picture.
Plenty of shops all over Rothenburg offer such buildings and , because so many tourists from Japan and USA will come to Rothenburg, you may also get your purchase sent home by mail.
What to buy: When you click on my picture, you may see a big choice of small replicas of the famous buildings of Rothenburg ob der Tauber . Most of these houses may be lighted from inside and make a great decoration at home.
What to pay: The price depends of course on the size and I saw nice ones alraedy for around 40 Euros.
Lots and Lots of Christmas ornaments. You can wander for hours through all the rooms, up and down stairs and not see it all. Decorated trees, nutcrackers, dolls and every thing you can imagine. See the Barvarian Village and the 7 foot Nutcracker. And lots of Steiff animals.
What to pay: They can ship your purchases home for you if you don't want to take it with you.
Mission number one when it came to shopping was to get ourselves an authentic Cuckoo Clock since we were quite close to the black forest. An ovject of this nature would be a constant reminder with every "koo-koo" of the bird. The selection process was quite hard in that I didn't know what I was exactly looking for. The owners of the store were very helpful, all spoke fluent english and thouroughly explained the different styles. We ended up with a classic HUNTER STYLE. Since most people purchasing are tourist's, they will ship to your home so you don't have to hand carry this fragile piece.
What to buy: Cuckoo Clocks and Beer Steins
What to pay: For the clock 200$ plus....
I found this awesome jewelry shop at the top of the hill from the market place on the left hand corner that we turned into to go to the beer garden.
I bought a Swarovski necklass and crystal frog and also a fob watch for Howies dad. I found this place to be quite cheap so I recommend you have a look as well.
Link to Restaurant Tip.
Welcome to Käthe Wohlfahrt's Christmas shop - where it's Christmas every day of the year. Actually, unless you're a real Christmas junkie (guilty as charged!), it has a slightly sinister tone to it, like Narnia under the White Witch, where it was always winter, but never got around to being Christmas ... but I digress ...
Although it sounds like kiddy heaven, it's quite a grown up shop, which specialises in ever conceivable manner of Christmas decoration. However, this is no WalMart plastic extravaganza: Käthe's merchanise is upmarket, high quality stuff, with a price tag to match!
As you might expect, the stars of the show are the traditional handmade wooden decorations - the crib sets in particular are breathtakingly ornate and mindblowingly expensive, but the logic here is that you're buying an heirloom that will be handed down over generations. If you do decide to invest, spare a thought for your luggage allowance, as these things are heavy: but of course for Käthe's well trained staff, arranging international shipment is an everyday occurence!
This flagship store in Rothenberg - whose slightly kitsch atmosphere has to make it the perfect location for a Christmas shop - has been so successful that there are now a chain of Käthe Wohlfahrts.
Even if you only buy the smallest bauble, it will be a wonderful souvenir of your time here. In our case, we bought the star below, which has particuar significance for us, as this was the first Christmas decoration that we ever bought together, on the trip that we got engaged.
I friggin love beer. As a child a sip would sicken me. Grandpa would let me take a swig of the Schlitz and the repulsiveness of taste made me vow "I will never drink beer" This will be overturned to my mothers dismay. I also thought girls were icky, Uncle Ricky's Kiss Posters were scarey and the White Kidnapping Van was coming to get me. As my thoughts evolved as did my tastebuds. I am quite proud of what they now accept. From beating fish hearts, to fried frog legs, they now know what taste is about. The distaste in Schlitz still stands bold, but for reasons of bad brewing not for the single reason that it was BEER.
What to buy: NYC has the BIG APPLE as its identity symbol. Germany should have a BEER STEIN as it's symbol.
What to pay: 66 euros..it says it right there.