KaDeWe - meaning "Department Store of the West" - bore the name even before the Wall divided Berlin into ... More
Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe)
KaDeWe - meaning "Department Store of the West" - bore the name even before the Wall divided Berlin into geographically separate sectors. Founded 1907, the store was bought by Hermann Tietze in 1927, but was taken away from him by the Nazis because of his Jewish origins. Nowadays, however, KaDeWe is a shopping temple for both locals and tourists from all over the world. The food hall on the top floor is legendary and is worth a visit in itself. KaDeWe offers an incredible variety of items, but the prices are fairly hefty.
It is one really big dept. store, about 5 or 6 stories high, well lit and very pretty. Unless you find a really good clearance deal, I don't really recommend buying here since it's VERY VERY expensive, but pretty. I still do recommend visiting it just to go see it; like i said, it's pretty!
... but the "Stasi" the Germnans once had in East-Berlin and not on Ku�damm in the West.
Well, for me there�s nothing more to say than "gorgeous" about the KaDeWe, nothing similar in whole US, and even Harrods in London is differnet, thought a bit more elegant and snobbish. Berliners have it�s own Charme, you have to earn it, even in KaDeWe ; )
Any big dept store has perfume counters and leather goods, but when I bought a down coat (The ticket said 265 Euros and I'd computed the dollars as $227.00) the salesperson, whose diet of hay appeared to be affecting her personal judgment, charged me a lot more. When I got my bill for the charge it was $333.43!
Do the salespeople think that a foreigner has more to spend than residents? Another salesgirl called my stepsister and sent the address for an "exact copy" when I'd gone so far to find a coat that was different than hers.
Even $229 was more than would have been charged in the US.
The salespeople are not supposed to know who I am, how much I have to spend, or who my relatives are. Do you still have the Stasi?
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