Monday, December 26, 2011

Käthe Wohlfahrt Shop/Rothenburg ob der Tauber

In 1956, Wilhelm and Käthe Wohlfahrt, left their home in the East Germany.  One of the items they fled with was a carved music box, which played “Silent Night." This couple made friends with an American couple stationed in Germany who had admired their music box.  The couple tried to find a music box like theirs for their American friends.  Soon the couple found themselves being asked by other Americans who admired their music box to help them find one.  They decided on a venture to sell German Christmas items all year long. The first store was opened in 1977 in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany.  This is now a world FAMOUS business. Many of the American armed forces bases here in Germany have outlets where GI's and their families can purchase German Christmas items.

From the moment you enter the door, a world of Christmas enchantment

An animated scene as you enter entrances little children and adults.
This was Mac's favorite.

For me, it was the jaw-dropping 18 foot revolving Christmas tree
the giant nutcracker guarding the stairway.

You can see the master craftmanship in these works of art.                                                                 

                                    Schwibbogens (candle arches) are handpainted.

 The incredible "ornament", "babble" land filled with







The Crystal section filled with glittering treasures.

I loved the angels.

Mac liked the Christmas trees.

Christmas Angels.
This original shop is so worth a trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber if
you are in Germany.  If you can't travel you can go out to

to purchase any of the enchanting items from
Käthe Wohlfahrt
As they say here in Germany "Frohe Weinachten"
Merry Christmas everybody!

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