Done with your bratwursts and Berliner Weisse? Very well then. It's time to take a trip around town for something to take back home. Steer clear of "I Love Berlin" t-shirts and fridge magnets as souvenirs because you can do so much better. Here are some small souvenirs that you can fit easily in your suitcase (save for the clock).
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Berliner Bears or Buddy Bears are life-size fiberglass bear figures with raised arms, found all over Berlin. However, we don't advice you to bring back a full-size figure but a tiny souvenir instead. Available throughout Germany, these colourful bears make for a good souvenir. Buddy Bears are also the ambassador of Berlin.
The original German cuckoo clock, if you can bring back home, would make for a fantastic souvenir. These clocks are special because these are still traditionally made featuring a mechanical or quartz clockwork, hand-carved single piece of wood and that final traditional walnut finish. There can't be any awkward silences with this cuckoo clock around.
Hummel Porcelain Figurines
They are locally called Hummels and were once a choice souvenir to bring back home during the World War II. German sculptor Arthur Moeller, back in the 1930s and 40s, created these figurines based on the artworks of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. It was widely popular back then and we can still say that it still is.
Photos From An Photoautomat
How many photo booths do you see around you? Some will say none. But not in Berlin. You can find these photo machines/booths almost everywhere. What better than clicking some fun photos inside these booths and bringing the prints back as souvenirs? Ok you can may use those fridge magnets to stick these photos on your fridge.
A Piece of Berlin Wall
Doubters, stay away. Souvenir hunters, listen up. They say these are genuine pieces of the famous Berlin Wall and probably they are! Do visit Checkpoint Charlie Museum to learn more about the wall. A piece of concrete that may or may not have been a part of the Berlin Wall is waiting for the collector in you.