Most of the people who visit Berlin fall in love with the city straight away. For some it might be the parties, for others the rich history or the sightseeing. Berlin has a lot to offer and many visitors want to be reminded of the city when they go back home. For these people we have listed 11 Berlin souvenirs and gift ideas.
Souvenirs from Berlin
Berlin is an inspiring city. People from all over the world have taken the city as an inspiration for their products, services or productions. Our blogposts about the best books and movies related to Berlin prove this statement. It does not come as a surprise that there are a hundreds of different souvenirs from Berlin. In this article we tried to stay away from the cliché souvenirs like a small Brandenburger Tor or the Berliner Bear. The souvenirs and gift ideas in this list can actually be used.
1. Monopoly Berlin
A Berlin souvenir which reminds you of the city but will also be fun to use is Monopoly Berlin. This is a special edition of the original game we all played at least once in our life. You can run around on the board with a currywurst, the Brandenburger Tor, the Berliner Bär and other fun characters. All in all this is just a very unique gift idea for anybody who loves Berlin.
Unique souvenir from Berlin
The price of Monopoly Berlin is a bit higher than other souvenirs in this list but who does not want to build hotels on Kurfurstendamm, Kottbusser Tor or Hermannplatz? Unfortunately this game is sold out at Amazon from time to time but you can always try your luck on Google too.
Did you know? There is also a Monopoly edition of the football club Union Berlin. Another great souvenir for anybody who loves Berlin.
Name: Monopoly Berlin
Target-group: 8+ yearsold
Buy this souvenir on Amazon: Monopoly Berlin
2. Beer collection gift idea
A gift I personally would love to receive is a selection of German beers. If you do not live in Germany it can be hard to get your hands on Beers like Berliner Kindl, Augustiner or Erdinger. It’s a lot of fun to receive a crate of bottles and drink them with your friends or drink one on special occasions. You can get these beers in every supermarket in Berlin so it’s not hard to make this gift idea happen. If you want to buy a pre-selected range of beers you can also go to the link below instead of collecting them yourself.
Affordable and easy
The good thing about this Berlin-related gift-idea is that you can decide yourself how expensive you want it to be: You can buy a six-pack, a small crate of 11-bottles or a bigger one with 20-bottles. The beers itself also differ in price between 0,30€ and 3€. Keep in mind that a large crate of beer weighs over 2kg so it’s easiest to bring this Berlin souvenir home by car.
Name: Berliner beer selection
Price: 5-30 euro
Target-group: 16+, Beer-lovers
Buy this souvenir on Amazon: Beer Collection from Germany
3. Berlin S-Bahn Shower Curtain
A very refreshing souvenir related to Berlin is the S-Bahn shower curtain. As the name already states it is a normal shower curtain with all S-Bahn stations on it. This souvenir might bring a smile on your face every time you jump into the shower. There are different designs of this shower curtain by the way, check the Google Link below to check them out.
Useful and fun at the same time
Besides fun this gift idea is also useful because it comes in handy to know the train stations in Berlin. I have been living in Berlin for more than 10 years and I still tell people where something is located by naming the closest train station. You can already pick places you want to visit the next time you visit Berlin and you can tell people where you stayed or where the best clubs in Berlin are to be found.
You can also buy other S-Bahn of Berlin souvenirs like a pillow-case, poster, pencil case or fleece-blanket
Name: S-Bahn Shower Curtain
Link to the product: Google Link
4. Book: Absolut Berlin
A book about Berlin is useful for future trips but can also serve as a nice souvenir and reminder. There are many books about Berlin, but one of the best ones I have read in the last years is Absolut Berlin written by Axel Schock. The book is full of facts about Berlin you probably did not know.
A useful and educative gift idea
Personally I love to read books Absolut Berlin because they are entertaining and educative at the same time. If friends visit me it’s fun to know a few facts about the city. Did you know that more than 60 Million Currywursts are sold in Berlin every year?
Name: Absolut Berlin
Price: 16,90 Euro
Target-group: Everybody who can read and loves facts
Link to the souvenir: Absolut Berlin
5. Calling Berlin – Paul Kalkbrenner
If you like to party in Berlin, you will absolutely love the movie Berlin Calling from Paul Kalkbrenner. Paul Kalkbrenner is a very famous DJ from Germany. He has 2,4 Million followers on Facebook at this moment. In Calling Berlin you will be able to listen to some of his best songs and also recognise some locations and clubs in Berlin.
Fun Movie with recorded in Berlin
In Berlin Calling Kalkbrenner plays a DJ called Ickarus. After raving in Berliner Clubs and taking quite a bit of drugs he ends up in a mental hospital. The movie is full of fun scenarios and is really worth watching. Like movies? In our article with 5 must-see movies from Berlin you can find alternatives to Berlin Calling. They can be used as an alternative gift-idea from Berlin.
Name: Calling Berlin – Paul Kalkbrenner
Target-group: Movie & Music Lovers
Link to this souvenir: Berlin Calling – Paul Kalkbrenner Audio CD
6. Berliner Luft
If you have been living in Berlin for a while, you probably tried a shot of Berliner Luft at least once. This alcoholic drink is very popular because it tastes quite good and is not as strong as shots like Tequila, Wodka or Jaegermeister. Berliner Luft is also affordable: You can buy a bottle for about 6 Euro and it is actually a great souvenir for everybody who has a connection to Berlin.
Perfect affordable gift idea
If I celebrate my birthday, at least one of my friends will bring a bottle of Berliner Luft as a present. It brings up all the good memories of the open-air parties in Berlin. There are a lot of different variations and special editions of this as you can see on the image above.
Name: Berliner Luft
Price: Between 6-10€
Target-group: Everybody who likes a drink and is 18+
Link to this souvenir XXL Bottle Berliner Luft
7. Dictionary for the Berliner dialect
After I moved to Berlin in 2012 I slowly started to speak German more and more. Many people who hear me speak German nowadays say that I have a dialect from Berlin. Just like most capital cities in the world, Berlin also has its own dialect. The dictionary below could be a perfect souvenir for someone who left Berlin but already learned to speak the Berliner dialect.
Learn the Berliner Dialect for only 4,5€
If you come to Berlin and you know a few typical “Berliner things to say” you will make a very good impression. Besides that it can also be a lot of fun to know that something like “Abbeißen” not only means “Bite Off” but also means “Drinking a shot” in Berlin.
Name: Dictionary Berlin
Target Group: People who love the Berliner dialect
Link to the product: Dictionary
8. Berliner Brandstifter Gin
Adding this Berlin souvenir to the list I realise that this is the third alcoholic souvenir in the list. But bringing something to drink to a birthday or as a gift always works, right? If your friends or relatives like gin it might be a great gift idea to bring a bottle of Berliner Brandstifter.
The company Berliner Brandstifter started with a drink called Brandkorn in 2009 but nowadays they also offer Vodka, Gin and plenty of special edition like a Blue Gin they offer at the moment. On the website you can also buy special sets with tonic and we know our friends would love to receive this as a gift. So far we have only tried the gin but we can confirm that it tastes great.
Name: Berliner Brandstifter
Price: 14,50€ and up
Target Group: 18+
Link to the website: Berliner Brandstifter
9. Gym Bag “Keep Calm and Love Berlin”
Gym Bags are very popular in Berlin. Specially the hip Berliner people walk around with these light bags which are called Turnbeutel in German. You can find these bags with a lot of funny texts and images on them. Also popular places like clubs, bars and restaurants sometimes sell them. The text “Keep calm and love Berlin” fits every fan of Berlin very well.
Small and light souvenir
If you are flying back home it might be good to buy a Berlin souvenir which is not too big or heavy. Your suitcase is probably full already. A bag does not weigh much and can even be used to bring some additional things home which you bought in Berlin.
Name: Gym Bag (Turnbeutel)
Target Group: Any Berlin Lovers
Link to the product: Bag – Keep Calm and Love Berlin
10. Lonely Planet Berlin
Besides the book Absolut Berlin it is always great to own the Lonely Planet of a travel-destination you love. I personally still have the Lonely Planet from Australia although I went there more than 10 years ago. If you make notes in the book, it’s a great reminder of where you went on your trip.
Travel guide and souvenir in one
Besides a nice reminder the travel guide will most likely be used again in the future. If you are a fan of Berlin you will probably get back here someday and then the Lonely Planet will come in handy. The travel-guide costs about 17€ on Amazon but you can also buy a used version of the book and it will become an even cheaper souvenir from Berlin.
Name: Lonely Planet Berlin (book)
Interesting for: Everybody
Link to this book: Lonely Planet
11. Hertha BSC fanshop
Unfortunately the city of Berlin does not have a very successful football-team like AC Milan, Barcelona or Arsenal. But still, every boy will love a souvenir which reminds him off a football-match in Berlin. Hertha BSC is the most known football club in Berlin and offers many different souvenirs for anybody who likes football. You can buy anything you want and decide yourself how much you want to spend.
Tickets to a football match as a gift idea
Another great idea might be to give somebody tickets to a match of Hertha BSC. Any match is great but if you can get tickets against Dortmund, Leipzig or Bayern you will see quite a few famous players. Tickets can be bought on the website of Hertha BSC.
Name: Hertha BSC souvenirs
Price: 5 – 100 Euro
Target-Group: Soccer lovers
Link to the products: www.herthashop.de
12. 3D Puzzle Brandenburger Tor
If you are looking for a gift idea for a creative person you might want to consider checking out this 3D puzzle from the Brandenburger Tor. If people like to do something and get reminded of their time in Berlin at the same time, this present will be appreciated.
After finishing the puzzle you can put it somewhere in the house as a reminder of your time in Berlin. Besides the Brandenburger Tor there are also puzzles and 3D-Puzzles of other landmarks in Berlin.
Name: 3D Puzzle Brandenburger Tor
Target Group: Everybody
Link to this souvenir: Brandenburger Tor 3D Puzzle
13. Hipster sunglasses
A funny and cheap souvenir from Berlin could be something which has to do with being a hipster. In the end there are plenty of hipsters in Berlin and therefore this souvenir will always remember you of the city.
Personally we like the hipster-sunglasses most because they are useful and not expensive. Although most of the products in this list with souvenirs from Berlin can be bought online, we would suggest buying these sunglasses in one of the shopping-areas in Berlin. You can fit the glasses and actually check the mirror if they look good on you.
Name: Hipster Glasses
Link to this souvenir: Hipster Zonnebril
Summary: Gift ideas and Berlin Souvenirs
In the end the perfect souvenir from Berlin really depends on your budget and your preferences. The prices of all the souvenirs in this list differ from a few euros to as high as 100€. If you are searching for someone who likes to have a drink with friends you should get them the beer collection, Berliner Luft or a bottle from Berlin Brandstifter. For girls the Hipster-Glasses, the bag or the shower-curtain might be a good idea. If you are interested in cheaper Berlin-souvenirs I would suggest the dictionary or the beer collection.
If you have any suggestions for souvenirs from Berlin, please let us know.