As the festive season draws upon us and gatherings with loved ones become our focal point, we travel to Germany to find an array of unique gifts. From lederhosen in Munich to a dandy king’s hat in Frankfurt, there is something to suit every taste. Below is your insider’s guide to Christmas shopping in Germany.
Set on the landmark Bebelplatz, Hotel de Rome is surrounded by colourful delights over the Christmas holidays. Berlin is a wonderful shopping destination at any time of the year, but in the festive season, it takes on a magical air, with street markets, ice rinks and colourful exhibitions.
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Alte Schönhauser Strasse 33-34, 10119 Berlin
Kaufhaus des Westens – or KaDeWe as it is affectionately known – has been a foodie destination in Berlin since 1907. The second largest department store in Europe after Harrods, this is the place to come for gifts for every style and budget. The ‘jewel in the crown’ is the food hall on the sixth floor, which is perfect for oysters, Champagne and over 1,000 varieties of German sausage.
Tauentzienstrasse 21-24, 10789 Berlin
Overlooking the tranquil Old Botanical Garden and close to the Isar River, The Charles Hotel is perfectly placed for a city break. Browse for lederhosen, bratwurst and modern art to take home in Kunstareal, the city’s happening art district.
Munich resident Viktoria Strehle travels the world looking for joyful products for women and children for her cult concept store, The Girls and The Gang. Mothers will love the pretty jewellery from local designers while girls will adore the felt backpacks and watermelon sparkling bum bags – fun, fresh and very Munich.
Häberlstrasse 6, 80337 Munich
For whisky lovers
SLYRS is a celebrated heritage brand of Bavarian whisky, with roots in ancient monastic brewing. Take your spirit lover outside the city to the lakeside distillery at Schliersee and enjoy a memorable single malt whisky from Upper Bavaria.
Bayrischzeller Strasse 13, 83727 Schliersee
Leafy Sachsenhausen is the serene setting for Villa Kennedy, which was once a stately family home. Today it’s the perfect base for a Christmas shopping break to the bustling city of Frankfurt, which is crowded with half-timbered buildings, apple-wine taverns and skyscrapers. You can also linger in museums and browse the elegant boutiques that line Goethestrasse.
For sartorial men
Any dandy worth his salt would be thrilled with an original Homburg hat from the eponymous German town. First worn by the English King Edward VII, the stiff fur felt hat has become a must-have addition to a stylish man’s wardrobe. Seek out the original Homburger Hutsalon and find the perfect hat for the man who loves his wardrobe.
Rathausstrasse 8, 61348 Bad Homburg
For pampered princesses
Treat someone special to a day of pampering at Villa Kennedy’s refined Villa Spa. Set in a 1920s mansion, this timeless sanctuary boasts incredible treatments such as Irene Forte facials and body massages. Younger guests won’t want to miss the little princess facial mask and mini manicure in our Kids & Teens spa.
Kennedyallee 70, 60596 Frankfurt am Main
Book an enchanting winter escape at our hotels in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich by emailing or telephoning our concierge teams below:
Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt
Tel: +49 69 7171 20
The Charles Hotel, Munich
Tel: +49 89 544 5550
Hotel de Rome, Berlin
Tel: +49 30 460 60 90