Germany Souvenirs – 10 Things to Buy

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Are you looking for Germany souvenirs to bring back home from your trip?

Souvenirs are one of the best ways to tell your friends and family that you are thinking about them while traveling. And it’s also something that’s fun to buy to yourself as a memory from your trip to Germany.

There are several beautiful, nice and yummy things to buy during your stay in Germany, and down below you can read some more about them. Here’s a list of the best things to buy in Germany as souvenirs: 


Christmas Ornaments & Mugs

When strolling around the Christmas markets of Germany, you’re going to need to buy something warm to drink. Every Christmas market in the country sell Gluhwein (mulled wine) and also Eierpunsch (egg punch). If you buy one of these drinks and pay a small extra fee, you’re going to get a cute market mug that you can walk around with and then bring back home with you as a souvenir.

The Christmas mugs are often very cute and good quality!

If you’re not a fan of Gluhwein or Eierpunsch, then you can always buy some nice Germany-themed Christmas ornaments that you can hang in your Christmas tree. This way you’ll be reminded of your trip to Germany every time you look at your Christmas tree.

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Dirndl or Lederhosen

This is one of the most expensive Germany souvenirs if you want to buy a real traditional one. Lederhosen (for men), and dirndls (for women) are the traditional clothing in Bavaria, Germany.

If you want to buy a nice silk dirndl they start around 800 euro and up, and a pair of lederhosen costs from around 400 euro and up.

GOOD TO KNOW: You cannot wash a pair of lederhosen. They’re kept soft by natural oils from the person who wears it. It’s just good to know if you’re thinking about buying them second-hand.

Beer Steins

This is a souvenir that I must admit is hideous and not practical at all. However, nothing screams Germany more than a classic German beer stein. This could be a fun gift for someone who loves beer, maybe as a gift for your dad, a friend, or father-in-law? Or why not buy one for yourself if you like it?

You can buy beer steins in all different materials. There’s both stone, pewter, porcelain, and glass beer steins, and you can buy them with or without the lid.

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Cuckoo Clock

A Cuckoo Clock is one of the most classic souvenirs to buy in Germany. To walk into a Cuckoo Clock shop is like walking into a museum – they have so many different designs and sizes.

If you’re thinking about buying a Cuckoo Clock in Germany as a souvenir, then it’s good to know that these can be pretty expensive and fragile – so it can be a little risky to bring them back home with you.

However, they’re really nice so if you have the money and know that it won’t be a problem to ship them back home –  then I would say GO FOR IT!

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German Chocolate

In Germany, they have many delicious chocolates that are worth buying as a souvenir. Some chocolates that are worth tasting are Milka, Ritter Sport, Toffifee, and of course Kinder!

If you’re thinking about buying the famous Kinder Surprise eggs, just make sure that you’re allowed to bring them back with you into your country. I know, for example, that you’re not allowed to bring these into the US.

Birkenstock Shoes

Birkenstocks are today one of the most popular brands for shoes in the world. For me, it’s quite funny since I associate them with my mother’s indoor slippers that she had 15 years ago. Today people use them both indoors and outside, and they’ve become quite trendy worldwide.

Buying a pair of Birkenstocks is a nice gift. They’re a bit pricey, so make sure to buy the right size and color if it’s a gift for someone!

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Steiff Bear – One of the best Germany souvenirs for kids!

If you’re looking for a nice German souvenir for a little kid, then I would recommend buying a Stiff Bear. Steiff is one of the world’s oldest manufacturer of soft toys and is the inventor of the world-famous teddy bear.

This is one of the best things to buy in Germany for the little ones!

Nut Cracker

As you can hear on the name, the Nutcracker was traditionally made to crack nuts. Today they’re not very useful to crack nuts but are more used as decor during Christmas.

You can buy a Nussknacker (nutcracker in German), especially in the region of Erzgebirge. Towns like Annaberg-Buchholz and Seiffen are full of authentic nutcrackers that you can buy. But if you’re not in that specific area of Germany, you can always look for the Erzgebirge shops as well as Käthe Wohlfart which is a Christmas store that’s open all year round!

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Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale book

When you think of fairy tales you might think of sweet stories that you can read to your children. The Brothers Grimm’s fairytale books are not as sweet, they’re more twisted and as far away from the Disney fairy tales as possible. These are books for adults since the stories can be very gruesome.

The story behind these books is that the Brothers Grimm collected stories that had been passed from generation to generation, to save folk tales for the future.

If you know a person who loves to read books, then this is an interesting souvenir to buy.

Local Wine

Most commonly, people think of Riesling when thinking about German wine. But did you know that there are 13 different wine regions that produce both red and white wines?

In Germany, you can buy several delicious local wines – from spicy to fruity, from sweet to dry and so on. There are so much to taste and so much to learn about the wine culture in Germany.

Some local wines that are worth tasting are; Riesling, Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Müller-Thurgau, Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Silvaner, Eiswein, and Frühburgunder (Pinot Noir Précoce).

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