Being a very touristy kind of place, Monschau has heaps of souvenir shops selling all kinds of interesting local and not so local gifts.
I was particularly attracted to this lovely ceramic vase because it depicted the much photographed and famous "Red House".
I also mentioned that there was an Egyptian brassware shop in medieval Monschau... well... I did like this particularly bright brass lamp... but the genie had already left the bottle!
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Stalls in the street: Traditional Christmas shopping in Germany
What to buy: In Germany the Christmas fairs and markets are rather unique and so different from the one I saw during my last visit in London early December.
In London you get tired of pure commercialism.
In Aachen, Cologne or Monschau, shopping is also commercialized, but there is still a traditional Christmas atmosphere where some gifts are not mass-produced but craftwork of real quality. (Glass – metal jewellery )
Here you can buy all kinds of Christmas merchandise and gifts, especially traditional things such as crib figures, toys, wood carvings, marionettes, candles and lambskin shoes.
Taste in open air a glass of delicious mulled wine (Glühwein) and eat the delicious baked apples warming up your body on crisp winter days. You and the kids will be attracted to gingerbread biscuits (Lebkuchen), "Printen"and a lot of sweets.
You will find the classic “Bratwursten” stalls aswell – but oké : This is Germany !
BTW : Most Christmas Markets start in the last week of November and run through to Christmas Eve or a day or two before. They are usually open every day from 10am to about 8 or 9 pm.
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I saw a shop sells these lace embroidery. They look similar to famous lace in Bruges Belgium.It can be an influence from Belgium because the town is right at the Belgian border,or they were imported ,I wasn't sure.I didn't have chance to ask them because the shop are closed .They looked mixing between lace and embroidery.The original lace price will be very expensive (100 Euro up) but these products I saw price attached were something like 10 euro ,if I wasn't wrong .It's very interesting.
The shop is located around center of town.
In the heart of town,there 's one Christmas shop that sell almost every of Christmas things that you may need.There are 4 storeys full of very colorful christmas items.They look fascinating. The shop opens daily and all year round.I didn't take any picture inside because not allowed.And staff walked along us all the time .I bought a set of coffee cup( cup with saucer) cost 9 euro.And of course the picture on them are christmas theme,they are beautiful.I love them.
The shop's name is Weihnachtshaus ,in a corner of market square.If you see a white house with red window frame and Santa clause sitting and reading a book in front of the shop above your head,....that's the shop.
Sweets and Music: Recorders and Music Boxes
Our eye was caught by the sign in the window of this perfect (for us) gift shop. The display was enticing. Inside they had a wide selection of music boxes, simple properly made and colorfully painted wooden recorders and many other objects of the right size and sturdiness to bring home as gifts for grand-children ad daughters-in-law. They will apologetically and voluntarily tell you when an obect is not made in Germany. The sweets are also unusual.
What to buy: Anything in the shop.
What to pay: There is a wide variety of items and the prices seemed appropriate.
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