Annaberg's Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful in Germany. No surprise there, since the town is located right in the middle of the Erzgebirge ...
There's something special about Christmas in this mountain region. The magic of the season is still there, no rush, life slows down instead of getting more busy and hectic as it is often the case in big cities. It's like a family function, people seem to move closer together, the market meets the criterion 'gemütlich' like hardly any other markets do.
I also found the prices to be very reasonable, maybe even inexpensive for the quality you get. The variety of typical wooden Christmas items made in the Erzgebirge mountains is much larger than outside this area, you see cute but rather simple things for little money but also high-end pieces of art that cost a couple of hundred Euros. But even these works of art cost less than elsewhere.
Music on the Christmas market means mostly live music. Each time I visited they had some guys on the stage, playing Christmas carols (brass music), once a choir sang. Very nice!
The Christmas market in Annaberg takes place right on the Markt square from end of November until 23 Dec. Several 'events' take place during that time, the highlight being the miners' parade on 4th Advent.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
Language and Dialect
The "Saxon" dialect has several subspecieses and the Ore Mountains variety is not the easiest among them for outsiders. Luckily the locals usually don't speak very fast. The Saxon dialect has one advantage compared to other German dialects: they use perfectly correct grammar. Understanding their special words takes some imagination, though, and some expressions are between cute and funny.
In a restaurant menu I found this little vocabulary list that gives an idea...
- Arts and Culture
(Street) Crossing Aid
I shook my head when I saw this sign saying "Pedestrians please use the (street) crossing aid." It is typical for the German administration to instruct people to do something.
I mean, if the traffic is really heavy (and since this is a main road leading the traffic around the old town it most likely *is* a very busy road in rush hour) and pedestrians have a hard time to cross the street they are probably happy to walk a little detour to use this pedestrian refuge island, no? And in times without much traffic they will most likely NOT use it.
For a Clean Town...
These signs can be found in many places in town. The angry cat says, "For a clean town: Cigarette butts belong into the ashtray."
Let's hope smokers read and observe this.