Kaefer’s Das Porzellenhaus or (Kafer’s Porcelin house) in Sohren, Germany is a must see shopping spot! It’s great for shopping for yourself as well as gifts for family! It’s mainly known as Kaefer’s to the military community. It’s well worth the 1 hour drive especially if you combine with the lunch specials at Schinderhannes (blog post coming!).
So what can you find a Kaefer’s? Lots of stuff! The best deals can be found here on crystal and Reisenthel bags! Make sure you sign up for the newsletter either on the site or in the store to get emailed the monthly specials. For ‘Christmas in July’ you can get a set of 6 wine glasses, or water glasses, or a decanter set for €19,95 then you get to take of the 19% using your VAT form! I will say I’ve had a hard time getting on the mailing list, I’ve signed up several times (using a few different emails) and in the store and I still don’t get them! A friend has been forwarding them to me each month.
They also offer kitchenwares, luggage, and a Christmas World! Yep, all the Christmas decor & items you can think of! If your looking for gifts this is a GREAT store. Our squadron booster club even shopped here for our upcoming Christmas party.
It’s a little confusing when you first visit because there is the original Kaefer’s store on the right and across the street on the left is it’s smaller store New World.
Parking was a bit confusing at first too but there is plenty of parking, you just need to know where to look! You can park next to the large building in the square area, or across from the large building to the right if facing the road, or there are a few spots on the side of the smaller building on the left.
We started at New World the smaller building across the street. Also note there is a restroom available in both buildings, if you ask a clerk they will gladly show you were it is. We walked around the smaller building and it had some cute stuff but Mr. B was disappointed from all the hype that I’d told him I’d heard. We didn’t find any Christmas gifts over there. He was wondering why we drove an hour for that small shop.
Then we walked across the street to the original store and found that it has 3 floors of stuff! It was here that we went into shopping overdrive and spent over 2 hours in the store!
The little German ladies who work there are great and act like personal shoppers, accompanying you pointing out items and offering different selections/patterns from the back of the store. They take all your purchases and keep them together at the counter for you. At first Mr. B and I were overwhelmed by the extra ‘help’ but in the end we found it extremely helpful and it led to us being able to find some great Christmas gifts for family, which I can’t obviously share here 😉
Prices in general were reasonable but then you can also use a VAT form. The best deals came from sales and using the VAT form, I’ll give examples below.
I took pictures during our visit so that I could give you a photo tour of what to expect and what you might find there!
Purses, wallets, luggage, and more in this section.
Kitchenwares & cooking items. They had some great quality knives. They also had 220V Kitchenaid mixers in every color you can imagine!
Reisenthel bags, luggage, totes, baskets and more! You can get some great deals on these when watching for sales. Such as baskets for around €20, purse shopping bags for €2, etc. The day we went it was 30% off the prices plus another 10% off for their Anniversary sale AND we got to use the VAT as well making the items over half off!
Lots of crystal to chose from as well. It’s also reasonably priced, the water glass, wine glasses were around €2 each. It’s nice heavy stuff.
They also have other decorative stuff as well.
There are 2 FLOORS, yes I said floors! of the Christmas world! You’ll find decor, ribbon, paper, stockings, table cloths, ornaments, and much, much, more! Prices ranged from €1 for cookie trays, ribbon, etc to decorations from €3,99 and up. We got a neat large brown glass jug for €14,99 (before sale & VAT).
If your not in the holiday spirit you will be after visiting all these rooms!
Great selection and some really cute stuff as well. We got a few items to add to our decoration collection as well.
After all that shopping we were starving! Luckily the sweet ladies at Kaefer’s recommended Schinderhannes which is the restaurant in town, it’s right down the road, and they offer lunch specials! Oh happy day! Lunch was amazing, blog post coming soon about it.
Have you shopped at Kaefer’s? What do you like shopping there for?
Know Before You Go:
What: Kaefer’s in Sohren, Germany.
How To Get There: It’s about 1 hour from Spangdahlem & 1 hour from Ramstein. GPS address: Eckstraße 1
When: Always check the website for accurate info as well!
8.45 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. & 1.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
8.45 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. & 1.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.
8.45 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
First Sat of the month: 8.45 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
In the Christmas season, Saturdays from 8.45 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Parking: Is free. You can park next to the large building in the square area, or across from the large building to the right if facing the road, or there are a few spots on the side of the smaller building on the left.
Cost: However much Euro you want to spend shopping. They take credit cards and VAT forms as well.
Dogs: Not sure, didn’t see any there.
Traveling with little kids: Strollers would be hard to use here because the displays are narrow and there are also stairs to the 2nd and 3rd floors. There are lots of breakable items like crystal as well so it may not be somewhere you’d want to bring a toddler.
How long: Plan on at least 1 hour to see all the stuff, although it may take you longer. We were there over 2 hours our first visit.
Where to find info: Above links