Looking for a great gift or souvenir from Germany and need some inspiration?
Here are 8 unique and classic gifts that are made in Germany. You can pick them up in Germany on your travels, but if you don't want to pack them, just buy them online.
Birkenstock shoes have been manufactured in Germany since 1774; with their contoured cork and rubber foot bed, they are comfortable and healthy. But did you know that the "Birks" are also trendy? They come in such fresh colors as plum, stone blue, or passion flower, and you can choose between many different designs.
The German porcelain factory W. Goeble closed down at the end of 2008, which makes these little collectibles even more valuable.
Designed after the drawings of the German nun Maria Innocentia Hummel, every character is handcrafted; this process takes several weeks and makes every figurine unique – and definitely cute.
The lovely stuffed animals from Steiff not only put a smile on children's faces, but also on those of worldwide collectors. The Steiff Teddy Bear is made only out of the finest materials, such as felt, mohair, and woven plush. Make sure your plush toy has the Steiff trademark, the original "button in ear" that keeps imitations at bay.
The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales include such classics as Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood. Give this story book to a child or the young at heart: No matter what age, it is always magical to conjure up the Germany of old times with its mysterious forests, romantic castles and medieval villages.
The German Rail Pass is a practical gift for everybody who wants to explore Germany. With this pass, you can travel throughout Germany for 4 to 10 days within a period of one month, and even make stops in Austria and Switzerland. You can purchase the German Rail Pass at any train station or travel agency in Germany, or online.