Berlin is both the capital and the largest city in Germany and, as such, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. With thousands of people visiting each year, the old city has a lot of history behind it. Berlin is a place where any kind of traveler can find something they’ll like. From the amazing art galleries and museums to delicious international foods and even some of the best nightlife in Europe, it can all be found in Berlin. There are also renowned landmarks to visit like the Brandenburg Gate and the area where the Berlin Wall once stood. So if you’re visiting Berlin, make sure you bring some souvenirs back with you. Here’s what to buy in Berlin, Germany.
1. Blutwurst (blood sausage)
Blutwurst or “Blood Sausage” in English is as you may have guessed, not something for the vegetarians out there. The popular sausage is filled with blood that is then cooked or dried and mixed with a filler until it solidifies. Blood sausage is also not something only found in Germany or Berlin but around the world, however, the most typical type found in Germany is usually pork and typically is served “ready-to-eat”.
Address: Karl-Marx-Platz 9-11, 12043 Berlin, Germany
2. KaDeWe gourmet box
For the foodies of Berlin, you already know where we’re going with this. Something that will surely please more people than the Blutwurst, is the KaDeWe gourmet box. The fifth floor of the KaDeWe is where you’ll find all the cool, new and interesting foods you’ve probably never seen anywhere else, and getting a box of some interesting new gourmet food items is a great gift that’s perfect for yourself as well as someone else, if you feel like sharing that is.
Address: Tauentzienstraße 21-24, 10789 Berlin, Germany
3. Berlin beer
No trip to Germany is complete without having a beer or two. Germany is known for its beer, beer maids, beer gardens and pretty much everything else beer. Germans are so fond of their beer that they passed a law making sure that all German beer passes a certain purity standard. So, while you’re in Berlin, make sure to try them all, some local favorites include; Erdinger Hafeweizen, Sternberg, Berliner Kindl Weisse and Warsteiner.
Address: Neue Promenade 5, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Website: Weihenstephaner Berlin
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4. Miniature souvenirs
Who doesn’t love mini souvenirs? They’re great gifts for friends, family and maybe even yourself to decorate your home with and show off where you’ve been. Luckily, Berlin is a very tourist-friendly city and there are tons of places to get little mini trinkets of local landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, a little stuffed Berlin Bear or even a little authentic piece of the Berlin Wall.
AMPELMANN shop in the Hackescher Markt
Address: Hackesche Höfe, Rosenthaler Str. 40-41, 10178 Berlin, Germany
5. Berliner bear
Used since 1954 as a symbol of West Berlin, the city’s seal is, you guessed it, a bear! Featured on the city’s flag and coat of arms, the black bear is portrayed on a white background shield. The bear can be found on lots of older icons of the city as well, sometimes also with a Prussian Eagle. Things like coins, seals and rings have featured the animals and nowadays, you can find stuffed bears, bear magnets, and other Berlin Bear related accessories around the city.
AMPELMANN Shop Unter den Linden
Address: Unter den Linden 35, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Website: AMPELMANN Shop Unter den Linden
6. Frau Toni's Perfumes
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Known as one of the most beautiful perfume shops in Europe, a trip to Frau Toni’s is certainly worth the trip even if you’re not looking to buy. Frau Toni’s Perfumes are exquisitely crafted often by hand and they feature unisex scents and smells and can be tailored to individual tastes. They have been featured in Vogue and make for an amazing and unique gift for a loved one or even yourself.
Frau Toni's Perfumes
Address: Zimmerstraße 13, 10969 Berlin, Germany
Website: Frau Toni’s Perfumes
7. Askania watches
Founded in Berlin in 1871, Askania Watches are some of the best and most precisely designed watches on the market. There’s a reason they’ve been around that long and the reason is that these are some quality watches that are not only really nice and stylish but also something that is very home to Berlin. Visit where it all started and take a stroll through the Askania store and find a watch that’s right for you.
Address: Kurfürstendamm 170, 10707 Berlin, Germany
8. Prussian schnapps
We all know that Germans love their beer but Schnapps is another Germany alcoholic beverage that you should definitely try while you’re here. Schnapps is a harder liquor that often comes in a variety of flavors. The drink is old and very much steeped in tradition so its something you’ll find a lot of here in Berlin. Just like most spirits, the drink can either cost you a lot for the more handcrafted and aged varieties but there are more affordable options around as well for the traveler on a budget.
Galander Liquor Store
Address: Großbeerenstraße 54, 10965 Berlin, Germany
Website: Galander Liquor Store
9. Gummi bears
Seeing as the symbol for Berlin is the bear, perhaps it is fitting that Gummy Bears have made the list. Sure, there are lots of amazing German spirits and beers to try when you’re here in Berlin but when it comes to having a sweet tooth, Germans know how to snack. Bärenland is a German chain of candy stores that specializes in the art of Gummy Bear with a few locations in the Berlin area. It’s a great spot for people who want to pick up something for their kids or maybe for themselves.
Address: Breite Str. 19, 13597 Berlin, Germany
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From fudge to chocolate cookies to German Chocolate cake, Germans know what they’re doing when it comes to the worldwide delicious treat. German chocolate is regarded as some of the best in the world and it wouldn’t be a trip to Germany if you didn’t pick up some of the best chocolatey treats available. There are a lot of options in Berlin when it comes to picking up some chocolate, from designer brands, to artisanal to local brands to the well-known brands, there’s definitely no shortage of options when it comes to chocolate.
Belyzium Artisan Chocolate
Address: Lottumstraße 15, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Website: Belizium Artisan Chocolate
No trip to Berlin or anywhere, really, is complete without picking up a few goodies first, and with all these tasty things available to you like Beer, Schnapps and candies, make you do lots of walking while you’re visiting because it’ll be hard to stay away from all those delicious Berlin treats.
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