Skip to content Skip to navigation Skip to subnavigation Skip to search
Want to know more about Germany?
Dip into our inspiring eBrochure and get your first impressions about the sheer diversity of Germany as a travel destination. The eBrochure is available in 29 different languages for Windows PC, Macintosh Computers and Linux PC.

Download eBrochure (.zip ∼ 300MB):

Further information:
You can find more information about Germany on our website at:, or on our local websites.


Life as it was in the GDR

GDR products, Thuringia
Many German supermarkets still offer a wide range of products which were available in the GDR era and which re-appeared on the shelves of the stores after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. They often carry special labels for easy identification. Many manufacturers stuck to the old package design or ingredients to increase their nostalgic value. Right next to the Town Hall in Weimar is a "GDR shop" which offers lots of "imitated" goods that are now available again after they had disappeared. These include typical stuffed animals, candy and cookies, as well as books with traditional recipes. At the fish market in Erfurt, you can find the "Rotstern" confectionery shop and a store which offers "ViBA" chocolates that were very popular in the GDR era.

Fischmarkt 12
99084 Erfurt


2 OSTEL - The GDR-Design-Hostel
The concrete building in the heart of Berlin offers an unforgettable all-round "Ost"-experience. Rooms and suites are thematically designed, including Scout Camp-style dorms, prefab-style rooms and GDR holiday getaways - all of them equipped with original GDR furniture.

Wriezener Karree 5
10243 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 25768660
Fax: +49 30 25768807


Allerlei - der "DDR-Laden" (a "GDR shop") in Leipzig
Old and new East-German products such as grocery, office and kitchen supplies, as well as pharmaceutical products can be purchased at this authentic store.

Nikolaistrasse 38-45
04109 Leipzig
Tel. /Fax: +49 341 9604150
Website (German only)