Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Kathe Wolfhart Christmas Stores

I have been to Kathe Wolfhart stores in Rüdesheim, Oberammergau and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.  I discovered her the first time in Rothenburg and every chance I get I return.  There are now three stores located in Rothenburg.  There is one store that contains the Christmas Museum.  It is the main store in Rothenburg.
You will very seldom find the stores with few customers in them.  In Rothenburg in particular when the tour buses arrive usually the passengers flock to the stores.  Some patience is required if you choose to purchase something.  The staff tends to get you through any lines quickly.  They also have people that speak several languages so there isn’t usually a barrier there. I would advise against taking a backpack into the store.
Photos aren’t permitted and the aisles are typically a bit narrow.

The gifts in the Kathe Wolfhart store are unique to her store.  You may find something similar elsewhere but it won’t be the same.  Some people like the Nutcrackers. I’m partial to Rauchermann and music box pieces.  You can find some limited edition pieces through out the store.   I think the prices are reasonable.

You can find also art work of Rothenburg.  I like the pen and ink type of drawings.
If you buy something at the store have them send it home for you.  This way you know that the contents are insured and they pack it for you.  It also means you don’t have to stop at customs with your receipt and the item so you can collect the tax you paid.  If you have the store ship your purchases home then you don’t pay tax, but the money you would have paid for tax is almost the same as the tax, maybe a bit higher.  But you know you don’t have to worry about carrying it, you don’t have to worry about it being stolen and if something happens to it like getting lost or broken then it is insured and you can get a replacement.
I’d recommend a visit to any Kathe Wolfhart store.  If you happen to be in Rothenburg check out the ‘main’ store.  The experience is worthwhile, just plan on spending a little time inside the store.  You are encouraged to travel in one direction through the store.  While it doesn’t always happen it helps with the flow of people through the store.

Entry to the stores are free, there is a fee for visiting the Christmas Museum.

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