The Best Souvenirs to Bring Back Home from Berlin

Diana Bocco  ·  19 / 6 / 2018

Souvenir stalls are everywhere in Berlin, especially around major attractions such as Alexanderplatz and the Brandenburg Gate. However, the best souvenirs you can take home after visiting Berlin are often found in other places, far away from the crowds and hidden in the heart of the city's history and culture.

When it’s time to go shopping, skip the obvious tourist traps and leave behind the keychains and T-shirts – and instead take home these unique keepsakes that you can't get anywhere else but amazing Berlin.

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IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES

Why play regular Monopoly when you can instead play a version that takes you through the real streets of Berlin? If you already know how to play the game, you’ll find this cool version - featuring traditional sights such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Platz der Luftbrucke – a great snapshot of your time in Berlin. You can pick up yours at any Spiele Max, Germany’s largest toy store chain.

When it comes to wooden toys (another great local souvenir), it doesn’t get much better than Grimm’s Wooden Toys, a family-owned company that uses sustainable wood to produce their hand-crafted pieces. You can get Grimm’s toys at many specialized stores around the city, including AllerleiSpiel.

Spiele Max: Wilmersdorfer Arcaden, Wilmersdorfer Straße 46

AllerleiSpiel: Prenzlauer Allee 211

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YUMMIES TO ENJOY BACK HOME

Sawade, the oldest chocolate company in Berlin, produces handmade chocolates and truffles without preservatives, palm oil or GMO ingredients. Even better, some of the chocolate boxes are beautifully designed and make great keepsakes long after the sweets are gone.

For a traditional treat, take home some stollen, Germany’s Christmas cake that combines candied fruit, powdered sugar, and cinnamon. You can get sealed packages year-round from places like Konditorei Buchwald, Berlin’s oldest confectionery.

Sawade: Wittestraße 26d

Konditorei Buchwald: Bartningallee 29

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DRINKS TO SHARE A TOAST TO

A sour beer with just 3 % alcohol and a very unique lactic acid taste, the Berliner Weisse is one of the few brands still produced in Berlin. Available at stores and supermarkets around the city, you can get the full experience by booking a tour at the Kindl-Schultheiss Brewery and then taking a few bottles home from their gift shop.

Kindl-Schultheiss Brewery: Indira-Gandhi Straße 66-69

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FUN SOUVENIRS THAT SCREAM BERLIN

When you’re walking around Berlin, you’ll notice that while the traffic lights in the (old) West Berlin sport the typical human figure, the ones on the East side show a cute little men wearing a hat. The Ampelmann (Little Light Man) brand has taken that image and transformed it into all kinds of fun objects – from bookends to lamps to bags and mugs. You can stop by their flagship store on Unter den Linden street to see permanent exhibits connected to the history of traffic lights and pick up a souvenir.

As the city ambassador, the Berliner buddy bear can be found in the form of teddy bears, posters, books, and much more. Want to get something a little more high-end? Stop by the Berlin Deluxe store, where the Berliner Bear is available as vintage ceramic statues, crystal, and other elegant designs.

AMPELMANN Shop: Unter den Linden 3535

Berlin Deluxe: Schloßstraße 11-15

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SOUVENIRS BACKED BY HISTORY

If you’ve been to Berlin before, you’ve probably seen the tiny pieces of Berlin Wall being sold as souvenirs almost everywhere. They all look mostly the same: a gray crumbly piece of wall with colorful spray paint on them. While the paint itself is more than likely fake – and applied at Volker Pawlowski's workshop, where most of the remains of the Wall still in existence are stored – the concrete itself is real. The best part? Pawlowski’s Wall souvenirs are cheap, so it won’t break the bank to take a piece of history home with you. If you want something a bit higher quality, you can get pieces of the Wall with original paint at the Berlin Wall Documentation Centre.

Berlin Wall Documentation Center: Bernauer Straße 119

So next time you're in Berlin, make sure you avoid the crowds and instead pick up a keepsake you can enjoy for years to come.

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