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Best places to buy beer steins in Munich?

Hi all... we'll be in Munich in September and I want to buy a couple of steins as a wedding gift for friends who have expressed a huge interest. Where would be the best place to buy? Any idea of the cost? And, I have no interest in schlepping these things all over, so the option of shipping back home would be ideal.

Any ideas??

Thank you.

Posted by
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You may want to call at Kustermann at the western edge of Viktualienmarkt, the leading store for household goods in Munich.

Another good address ist Glaskunst Huber in Munich-Ramersdorf

Posted by
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Note that the name "stein" for these is an English pseudo-German term - what Germans would call it is a "Krug" or "Steinkrug".

Posted by
412 posts

Thank you. I'll keep that in mind while I'm hunting for them.

Posted by
7135 posts

If you can find a flea market going on you'll find plenty of treasures like that and at extraordinarily cheap prices.

Posted by
3825 posts

You could go to any of the beer gardens and forego your €1 deposit per glass and take it with you. Morally dubious but they factor this in with so many tourists hence the deposit. It probably costs that to manufacture with such big quantities anyway. I have one taking pride of place in my glass cabinet ; ) However considering it's a wedding present you might prefer to put some effort into buying some!

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"However considering it's a wedding present you might prefer to put some effort into buying some!"

LOL Yes... Somehow I doubt that the old, 'I basically stole this after I drank out of it' gift would be received very well.... We're standing up for them in their wedding and they requested beer steins as a wedding gift.

I'm sure I can find some cool looking ones. Does anybody know how expensive they may be??

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Hofbräuhaus sells steins and glasses on this website. I would expect you could buy the same things at their beerhall.

In 1987 I bought a couple of beer steins at Weihenstephan brewery in Freising. Each one was decorated with a different Bavarian Tracht. I imagine they still sell them.

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578 posts

Judy, if you are still planning on visiting Rothenburg, go to Anneliese Friese shop which Rick recommends in his Germany guidebook. I bought a cuckoo clock from Anneliese two years ago, but now wished I'd bought a stein from her, too! Her shop is simply wonderful and I was impressed with the high quality merchandise. Anneliese proudly showed me the many handwritten letters (kept in a binder between sheet protectors) that she has received from Rick over the years. When Anneliese saw my Rick Steves guide book, she gave me a very nice discount on my purchase and free shipping. (She also threw in some other goodies like a Xmas ornament and an autographed hand-drawn map of Rothenburg.) It was delivered to my house in a well wrapped box in perfect condition. Of all my years traveling, this was the best souvenir shopping experience plus I felt so good supporting a family-run store!

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Judy, I know this seems like an odd question but do they want steins that they will actually drink out of or ones just to display? I ask because that will make a big difference in cost.

If they are for actually drinking from you have many options (like previously stated, Hofbräuhaus, Weihenstephan, or Andechs outside of Munich). Also, if they are for actual drinking, if they don't have a "top" to it, buy them a Bierdeckel to put on top of it. I bought a wooden one at a fair at the Olympic Park and I use it all the time with my various Krüge.

And the suggestion for visiting a flea market is an excellent one. I don't know where they are in/around Munich but almost all the flea markets I have been to someone has been selling some type of stein (both fancy and ones to drink from).

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You might try eBay.de and inquire if they will ship to the USA. Search for Bier...

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Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas shops are in every major German city and also sell steins. They have a huge selection and you'll get to go inside a pretty neat Christmas shop :)

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We bought a very nice one at the Kathy Wohlfahrt shop in Rothenberg (gift for our son) along with a nice collection of Christmas ornaments.....amazing store. It's located just across the street from the Hotel Eisenhut. They organized to ship it via DHL.

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Thanks!! I will check out those places when I am in Rothenburg in September.