Favorite thing: Erzgebirge means Ore Mountains. The name derives from all the ore that was found here, especially in the 15th and 16th century. The photos shows is a small wagon for carrying ore out of the mines. Since the beginning of electrification they has been replaced. A lot of museums in towns of the Erzgebirge show you the development of mining. Spend some hours to get an inside how hard it once was to get just a few kilogramm of silver or copper.
Favorite thing: As mentioned in the Intro, the Erzgebirge is *THE* German Christmas county. Nowhere else Christmas is celebrated in such a cosy, romantic way.
A major part plays the light. Even for mining workers light has always been a special, very important thing. Since Christmas is in a dark time of year, people try to bring more light into the houses (and public places). Everywhere you will see wood carved things like pyramids, angels, arcs ("Schwibbögen") with candles.
At Christmas time people come together, singing old songs, playing instruments, chatting, women doing "Klöppeln" (lace manufacturing), men carving wooden toys. Visitors can take part in such "events". Although these for visitors are somewhat touristy, they still have an authentic ambience.
Fondest memory: Every year I go to the Erzgebirge at Christmas time, doing some shopping (preferrably avoiding the weekends), enjoying the Christmas atmosphere, maybe going to the church in Seiffen for a Christmas concert. I use to wait for snow which adds to the magic.
Christmas w/o an Erzgebirge visit is incomplete.
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