Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Berlin (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave Berlin without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Berlin, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Germany » Berlin (See other walking tours in Berlin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: Daniel
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Galeria Kaufhof

1) Galeria Kaufhof

What to buy here: Berliner Weisse. In the nineteenth century, Berliner Weisse was the most popular drink in Berlin. Now the cloudy sour wheat beer is produced by two main breweries in Berlin: Schultheiss and Berliner Kindl. The beer is often found on local drink menus. Berliner Weisse is typically served in a bowl-shaped glass with a little rasperry or woodruff syrup to give it a red or green color and a sweeter flavor. Buy the beer and the syrups at one of Berlin's many drinks markets or on the third floor of Alexcanderplatz's Galeria Kaufhof. You can get a pre-mixed beer for around a euro and a typical Berliner Weiss glass to go with it. Galeria Kaufhof sits right next to the TV Tower and the World Clock, a former meeting place for many residents of East Berlin before the wall fell. Galeria Kaufhof is at Alexanderplatz 9 and is open Monday to Wednesday from 9:30 am until 8 pm, and Thursday through Saturday from 9:30 am until 10 pm. The store is closed on Sundays.
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East Berlin Store

2) East Berlin Store

What to buy here: Designer jewelry and clothes.

Since the East Berlin label started in 2002, it's cultivated a devoted following. Check out the clothes and Berlin-inspired jewelry at the label's flagship store in Berlin's Mitte neighborhood. Pick up a silver necklace with a charm of the city's ubiquitous TV Tower for 59 euro or an East Berlin inscribed ring for 129 euro. The Mitte neighborhood is home to some of Berlin's coolest designers and galleries. A quick walk can take you to Alexanderplatz – the plaza that was once the center of East Berlin and remains a meeting point for many people in the city. Then take a ride to the top of the TV Tower while wearing your new TV Tower necklace from the East Berlin store! The East Berlin flagship store is on Alte Schönhauser Straße 33/34 and is open Monday to Saturday from 11 am until 8 pm. It's closed on Sunday.
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Askania Watches

3) Askania Watches

What to buy here: German-made watches. Most people in Berlin will tell you that if you show up exactly on time, you're late. It's best in Germany to always arrive a few minutes early. One way to stay on schedule is with a treasured watch from Askania. In the Hackesche Höfe courtyards, the Berlin company Askania has timepieces from aviation history and contemporary wristwatches on display and for sale. This Berlin-based watchmaker pays homage to the city's history with watch lines like “Tempelhof” - a tribute to the Big Lift and pilot's watches from the 1930s. The Askania exhibition and sales room is on Rosenthaler Strasse 40/41 in the Kleiner Festsaal, Court 1. It's open Monday through Sunday from 12 pm until 8 pm.
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The Ampelmann @ Hackescher Hof

4) The Ampelmann @ Hackescher Hof

What to buy here: Ampelmann Cufflinks and Cookie Cutters.

Ampelmann is one of the few East German icons to maintain popularity after the fall of the Berlin wall. The Ampelmann is the red and green little man on crosswalk signs in East Berlin. His hatted silhouette can be found as cufflinks, vases or even candy at one of Berlin's Ampelmann shops. The silver cufflinks are an understated nod to Berlin's Ostologie (nostalgia for East German times). The cufflinks range from 45 to 70 euro. There are also Ampelmann vases and bookends for a smaller price. For something super easy to pack and purchase, pick up the Ampelmann fruit gummi candy or an ampelmann cookie cutter for just a couple of euro. The Ampelmann is easy to find in Berlin (and not just at intersections). Shops are all around the city. Check out the store in Hackescher Hof while shopping at the center's other boutiques. The Ampelmann store is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am until 9 pm, and on Sunday from 10:30 until 7 pm. If you want to see Ampelmann offerings on the west side of town, there's also an Ampelmann store near the Sony Center entertainment hub at Potsdamer Platz on Alte Potsdamer Strasse 7. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday 1 pm until 6 pm. After picking up your Ampelmann souvenir in Potsdamer Platz, you can also walk past a nearby section of the Berlin wall.
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s.wert Design

5) s.wert Design

What to buy here: Berlin-inspired crafts. Check out one of the modern wall calendar creations by the s.wert design team or a Euro cookie cutter. The designers s.wert often create Berlin-inspired works perfect for the office or home. The ultra-modern wall calendar is 29 euro and can be found at the main store in Mitte. You can also pick up a colorful pillow to use as a head cushion on the plane trip back. Then pop the pillows on your couch at home for a souvenir of Berlin. The pillows run around 49 euro. Brunnenstrasse's not too far from the East Berlin design store. Take a leisurely walk in this hip Mitte neighborhood and check out designer shops as you walk from Brunnenstrasse to Alte Schönhauser Straße. s.wert Design is located at at Brunnenstraße 191. The store is open Monday through Friday from 11 am until 7 pm, and Saturday from 11 am until 6 pm.
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Dr. Kochan's Schnapskultur

6) Dr. Kochan's Schnapskultur

What to buy here: German made schnapps. Berlin's produced schnapps since the late nineteenth century. A locally made herbal liquor can be found at a historic distillery that doubles as a schnapps museum. It's a tasty way to settle the stomach after a plate of pork knuckle or to warm up during one of those cold Berlin winters. Preussische Spirituosen Manufaktur is based in a turn-of-the-century building in the working neighborhood of Wedding. There's not much to see on the street, but the schnapps shop inside offers a glimpse of spirits manufacture over the century. In German “Schnapps” means any alcoholic beverage stronger than 32%. See old fashioned stills and sample some of the company's modern recipes like Elderflower liqueur, ginger schnapps and pear brandy. A bottle of the traditional gin costs around 33 euro, an herbal schnapps is 27 euro and the liqueurs run from 20 euro per bottle. If you want to try schnapps, stop by the shop Dr. Kochan's Schnapskultur on Immanuelkirchstrasse 4. It's a small shop in the happening east-side neighborhood of Prenzlauerberg. Hours are Monday through Friday 12 pm to 8 pm, and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm.

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