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Kitschy Austrian Souvenirs and Hunting Supplies

On my first visit to Vienna, I visited a beautifully curated shop, one filled with unique goods that were fun both to browse and  buy– I left with a cute hat and slippers that I wore to death. When planning my return to Vienna, I tried to remember the name of this dreamy shop. I spent ages googling possible words (Vienna + housewares + hunting supplies). I scoured shop lists on other sites. Despite my best research efforts, I came up dry. I figured the store I loved so much must have closed, so I eventually gave up on trying to find it.

Fast forward to my next visit to Vienna. One day I decided to wander aimlessly through the city center– but deliberately so. I took turns down unknown streets, just to see where I would end up. I ended up with some of my favorite photographs of the trip– little pockets of Vienna and slices of every day life.

But then my heart skipped a beat as I turned one corner and saw this sign that looked strangely familiar

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I later learned that Kettner is a mini location with several locations throughout Austria and even one in Croatia.

I had, by accident, happened upon the store I had so fruitlessly searched for. This time I snapped a photo of the sign so I wouldn’t forget the name, Kettner. Sometimes when we return to old favorites, they don’t live up to our memories. Luckily, that wasn’t the case with Kettner– it was even better the second time around.

Kettner: A Blend of Austrian Tradition and Kitsch

What I loved about Kettner (and Austria in general) is that Austrians aren’t just about  preserving imperial traditions– there is a lighter side to the city as well. If your visions of Austria include edelweiss-covered hills, drindls and lederhosen, then you won’t be disappointed here.

Along with traditional hunting gear, Kettner stocks tongue-in-cheek examples of classic “Austrian” motifs, like stag-covered ties and flasks, tee shirts and slippers emblazoned with clever German phrases and wood carvings featuring contemplative Austrian huntsmen. It’s a fun shop to explore no matter what your budget– you’ll find items ranging from an inexpensive, kitschy belt-buckle to a pricey, expertly made hunting jacket.

I went a little crazy photographing Kettner because there were so many interesting things here. Here are a few of my favorite finds:

1.  Austrian Housewares

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I brought home this guy, he now hangs by the front door and holds my chihuahua’s leash and sweater.

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I loved this hand-painted tea light.

2. Austrian Slippers, Hats and Bags

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These wooly Austrian slippers came home with me on my first trip, and are a souvenir I use all winter. I was glad to see they still carry them.

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I adored this kitschy belt buckle.

3. Austrian Women’s Clothing

The beautifully made Austrian traditional dresses and crisp white cotton blouses tempted me, but I had no idea where I could wear them back home.

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Google translated this as “prachtmadel” in English?

 

4. Austrian Men’s Clothing

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Austrian men still wear traditional clothing and carry them off beautifully. Loved this entire outfit.

5. And Some Rifles

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Pop upstairs and you’ll find all sorts of traditional men’s hunting clothes– and a rack of rifles to go along with them.

Souvenir Finder Shopping Details
What to Buy: F
un, kitschy items that are extremely well-made; men’s and women’s traditional and hunting clothing
Where to Get it:
Kettner. I visited the Vienna branch at Plankengasse 7 1010, but they have several other stores across Austria as well as one in Zagreb, Croatia
What to Know:
The goods here aren’t inexpensive, but the prices are very fair for the quality, and there are plenty of smaller items to choose from.

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Do you love Austrian kitsch? What are your favorite Austrian souvenirs? Share in the comments below!

 

3 Responses to Kitschy Austrian Souvenirs and Hunting Supplies

  1. Rolling Harbour 02/05/2015 at 7:48 am #

    What a fantastic blend of Austrian tradition! Style and Elegance, fondness for hunting & associated equipment (takes me back to Carinthia many years ago), and full-on kitsch-to-the-max. A splendid assortment of photos, Kristin!

  2. Susanne 02/11/2015 at 11:08 am #

    Hey, I stumbled over your site while looking for shopping abroad on Pinterest!
    I’m Austrian, and didn’t know Kettner before, but maybe because I’m not so on the hunting stuff. But the stuff you posted looks really cool.
    I just wanted to tell you what Prachtmädl means. Mädl = girl and pracht = something you can be proud of, or like splendid, or used similiar to beautiful.
    Greetings from Austria
    Susanne

    • Kristin Francis 02/11/2015 at 2:35 pm #

      Yay thanks so much for taking the time to explain the translation! I’ll edit the post. : )

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