Dippoldiswalde Local Customs

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    Parksäle

    by german_eagle Written Mar 28, 2015

    The small town has a surprisingly vibrant cultural life. Centerpiece and most popular place for cultural events is "Kulturzentrum Parksäle", located below the old town by the Weisseritz river.

    The complex was probably built in the early 20th century (my guess from the architecture). It has two halls, the large one with a capacity of about 350 persons, lobby, restaurant, offices and a nice garden in front. They often host exhibits of local art societies in the lobby; when I visited pictures and drawings created by members of the Osterzgebirgischer Kunstverein e.V. during an excursion to Meissen. Nice pictures for amateurs, I'd say (pics 2, 3, 4).

    Parksäle are well-known for their series of classical music concerts named "Meisterinterpreten" - mostly chamber music done by ensembles from Dresden or Leipzig (Staatskapelle Dresden or Gewandhausorchester e.g.) but also by international musicians. Really, really good and for little money - usually less than 20 Euro. They also have pop and folk music, cabaret/satire and other events on their schedule.

    Dr.-Friedrichs-Straße 25, 01744 Dippoldiswalde

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    Mining

    by german_eagle Written Jul 7, 2013

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    All the towns in the Erzgebirge mountains have a history of mining. Dippoldiswalde has one of the earliest mining shafts as was recently discovered. When Obertorplatz (pic 3) was about to be reconstructed, the state's archeologists dug deep and uncovered evidence of mining that goes back to the 12th century, probably 1185.

    Another relic of (silver) mining is next to the main parish church: An old fountain was overbuilt with a townhouse that was home of a microbrewery in past centuries. When the fountain was thoroughly explored in 2003 they found a system of shafts, originally preserved from about 700 years ago. A sensation! These shafts are partially only 30 cm wide and spread over 1 sq. km under the old town - an amazing relic of medieval mining and yet waiting for more research.

    You can see the fountain through a glass door (pic 1), on guided walking tours organised by the town office you can even go inside. The pieces on display are partially original pieces from excavations.

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    Christmas Market

    by german_eagle Written Jul 6, 2013

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    Honestly, the Christmas Market in Dipps has not been particularly exciting in the past. The big markets in Dresden and the romantic ones in the Erzgebirge mountains were too close than Dipps could have competed. So the number of stalls went down year by year, just like the number of visitors.

    However, in 2012 it all changed. They asked the locals whether to reduce the duration to a long weekend, meaning it would be an even smaller affair, or to invest in a new concept. The latter won. In 2012 there were more stalls, the decoration was nicer, the quality of items on sale and the food were better, there was a number of events during the Christmas market, mostly geared toward kids/families. I can say I enjoyed my visit on a sunny December day quite much; it was not crowded, I bought some gingerbread and even a wooden Christmas item, and I enjoyed mingling with the locals.

    Check the town's website for details!

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    Weinachts Man?

    by richiecdisc Updated Jun 3, 2007

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    Okay, this was a bit hokey but it must be great as a kid when this German version of Santa Claus comes in and makes you get up and sing. If you don't he beats you with some wooden sticks. Yup, no messing around in Deutschland. Yes, I sang and no the angels did not have to. ;>

    he knows who's been naughty he knows who's been good:  the angels
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    real candles on the Christmas Tree

    by richiecdisc Updated Jun 3, 2007

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    Another great Christmas tradition in Germany is putting real candles on the Christmas Tree. I thought this was a bit crazy at first but I must say it makes Christmas even more fuzzy & warm. Oh, add a few glühweins and you're talking very cozy.

    Christmas as you've always dreamt it talk about a warm & fuzzy Christmas I get inducted on how to put the candles on tree a fire hazard perhaps but beautiful
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    how well can you work together?

    by richiecdisc Written Aug 18, 2006

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    This is much cooler than cutting the wedding cake. You have to saw through some wood. If you do well, you're marriage will last I presume. We did pretty well but the marriage is going a whole lot better!

    what am I getting myself into?
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