The Apotheke, is the German equivalant of a pharmacy. It usually has lots of neat stuff ranging from soothing Swiss throat drops to special medicated condomes, if you are having too much sex. (I might be making that up, but I have seen some strange things in some of the Apotheke's around here.) The strange thing is, that for some reason things that would normally be out in the open in an American pharmacy, are not in the German one. For example, antibiotic ointment. Which means that if you are a poor non-German speaking person, you have to go through all kinds of embarissing pointing and explaining to get the particular thing that you are looking for. In general, they do have a marvelous assortment of vitamines and lotions and such in the front.