|Galerie Wagner, Kindsbach, street view|
It's a delight of German handicrafts with everything from cuckoo clocks to doll houses inside the store. The highlight there is the selection of traditional German Christmas items. Räuchermännchen (little smoker men, which use incense inside so they appear to "smoke"), Christmas pyramids, ornaments, Schwibbögen, nutcrackers, and snow men line the shelves. Some items come from the Erzgebirge, a mountain area in Germany known for its handmade wooden figures.
|Räuchermännchen (und Frauen!)|
|Mini Christmas pyramids and holiday scenes|
|Pewter items for sale|
Frau Wagner, fluent in English, is happy to answer questions about the products, make suggestions, and explain German traditions and how the pieces in her store relate to the traditions. She has operated the store for forty-five years and takes pride in offering quality items that have been actually made in Germany. She told me that items marked "Germany" were probably not made there; items marked "Made in Germany" were produced in-country, which is a requirement to receive that stamp.
Guided by Frau Wagner's helpful advice, I bought some really nice gifts for my family. I felt that prices were fair and very much in line for handcrafts actually made in Germany and I was happy to support an independently owned local business.
VAT forms are accepted
Address: Kaiserstraße 35
Free street parking is available directly in front of the store or behind the building.
Note: these opinions are entirely my own, based on my shopping experience there. I received no compensation from Galerie Wagner for this review.