Final year this time, I was packing my bags to discover the Christmas Markets in Saxony, Germany. My third and final location inside the state was a town named Seiffen. Seiffen sits on the border of Czech and Germany, in the area of Erzgebirgskreis.
Historically, Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) was a silver mining area. More than the years, the locals discovered an option signifies of livelihood- creating and promoting wooden toys- therefore rechristening it ‘toy town’. It is now an vital winter getaway surrounded by ski slopes. The town centre, which is on Hauptstraße, comes alive throughout Christmas.
If you are ever seeking for an off-the-beaten road winter wonderland, Seiffen would be my recommendation.
What I did
Considering that I was in Seiffen only for a evening, I prioritised exploring the Christmas Industry which was primarily on 1 street. Hauptstraße was dressed in meals stalls, persons sipping glüwine and youngsters playing in most corners. Snow filled the length of the street. Cornice of just about every property was lit. In the windows, I saw Schwibbögen or Christmas candle arch with Plauen lace curtains in the background. Ornate Weihnachtspyramide or the Christmas pyramids filled corners of the street. And the Seiffener angels carved out of wood have been the street lights.
The following morning I walked to Schauwerkstatt on Bahnohstraße. This ‘demonstration workshop’ exemplifies Seiffen’s renowned woodwork. The workshop is sequentially lined with craftspeople who carve, paint and assemble the renowned nutcracker’s 35 pieces in 150 functioning measures.
Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum) narrates history of toy-creating in the Ore Mountains. Even even though the museum has details only in German, it is worth a quit to see the approach, precision and creativity of the toy-makers right here. They have pyramids from 1875 on show. The museum is spread more than 1000 square metres on 3 floors.
Created a rapid quit at Wendt & Kühn
Began by Grete Wendt and Margarete Kühn in 1915, Wendt & Kühn is now a globe renowned brand. They style little painted wooden figurines, of which Angel Musicians and Angels Orchestra are most renowned. These handmade toys are regarded exquisite collectibles.
Exactly where I ate
Spielzeugschachtel on Hauptstraße have fairly a variety of nearby German cuisine. From Erzgebirgische bratwurst to potato pancakes with apple sauce, they have it all. Nonetheless, I settled for the smoked salmon with fried potato pancakes with a dark beer from the tap (nearby Freiberger beer). It was a comforting final lunch I had in Germany.
The preceding evening I indulged in a two-course meal at Restaurant Buntes Haus. I had the roasted chicken breast with winter vegetables for my mains and an elaborate Saxony tiramisu for dessert. I didn’t proceed to the primary course till I downed some nearby German schnapps. Initially vugelbeerschnaps (rowan-berry), then pflaumenschnaps (plum) and ultimately a Lauterbacher tropfen (mix of herb). I brought residence 3 miniatures of vugelbeerschnaps.
Exactly where I stayed
Buntes Haus Hotel Erbgericht on Hauptstraße is a effectively recognized boutique hotel. I got a single space (Flower Girl), which faced the town centre, for €69 inclusive of breakfast. The space was clean, comfy and far more than something I could ask for. They also have a sauna which is integrated in the tariff. They arranged a absolutely free choose and drop from Olbernhau-Grünthal Station (the final rail quit to the Ore Mountains.)
What I purchased
Lots of German schnapps! Also miniature nutcrackers and angels from Schauwerkstatt.
How I travelled
In the course of my 3-hour journey from Dresden to Seiffen, I changed two trains. From Dresden hauptbahnhof I took 1 to Flöha. Onward from Flöha to Olbernhau-Grünthal.
When I was exiting Seiffen, the travel time doubled (I was on my way to Nürnberg). I took the train from Olbernhau-Grünthal to Flöha, to Hof and ultimately to Nürnberg hauptbahnhof.
Buntes Haus (or Seiffen) was a brief 15-minute drive from Olbernhau-Grünthal station. It is greatest to have the hotel arrange a choose-up.
Excellent to know
-English is sparingly spoken in Seiffen. Simple German is useful.
-Seiffen charges a €1 tax per evening, which is added to the space price or package.
-If you are finding a drink in the Christmas Industry (anyplace in Germany), count on to spend a ‘pfund’ or a deposit. This is refunded when you return the mug to the employees.
Study: Solo Location: Dresden, Saxony, Germany
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