Christmas charm: Käthe Wohlfahrt & Rothenburg on the Tauber

by Wendy McCool Lewis
Contributing writer

***image2***The magic began with one German man buying a post-Christmas music box for his friend, an American Army officer in 1963. Through time, the small gift has grown into an international brand of holiday treasures known as Käthe Wohlfahrt. Now, military families, locals and travelers from anywhere can find fantastic presents or decorations as they explore Käthe Wohlfahrt’s enchanting Christkindlmarkt flagship store in Rothenburg on the Tauber. 

The medieval city of Rothenburg is itself a fascinating village to explore during the Christmas season. The old town walls of this once free imperial city protect one of the older Christmas markets in the region, many medieval homes and businesses, a Christmas museum, and other unique artifacts from the Middle Ages including a torture museum – for those who want a break from the holiday spirit.

Käthe Wohlfahrt’s store sits in the town center, and the entrance to the Christmas museum can be found there.  Thousands of German hand-crafted ornaments, special holiday music boxes or other seasonal decorations can be admired or brought home for your own, or a friend’s, Christmas memories.

***image1***For a closer store, visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt on Ramstein, next to the base exchange.