Freiberg Local Customs

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    Famous people in Freiberg

    by german_eagle Written Dec 5, 2014

    There is no shortage of famous people who either visited Freiberg for a short time or lived/worked there for a longer period - thanks to the Bergakademie university. You find plaques and signs at every other house in Freiberg. Some visitors were not really welcome, though - like Prussian King Frederick the Great, who stayed in Freiberg a couple of times during the Silesian Wars between 1759 and 1762. The locals most likely were happy when he and his troops left - maybe that's the reason why the house where he stayed was torn down recently and turned into a parking garage. Only the portal is left, including an art installation named "King Frederick II with his dog." LOL (pic 1).

    Another - and friendly treated visitor - was Michail Lomonossow, the Russian scientist, poet and reformer. He studied at the Bergakademie university 1739/40. A plaque commemorating his stay is found in the courtyard of the main university building (pic 2). At the neighbouring building is a plaque reminding of the first scientific laboratory building in the world, erected upon initiative of chemist Prof. Lampadius (pic 3).

    In a park next to Schwanenteich lake is a monument for Alexander von Humboldt who was student in Freiberg 1791-93 (pic 4). Last but not least, a sgraffito at the facade of the theatre reminds of the world premiere of Carl Maria von Weber's first opera, "Das Waldmädchen", on 24 Nov 1800 here. There are more, but you can walk around and see yourself ...

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    300th school anniversary

    by german_eagle Written Dec 5, 2014

    Totally unplanned I happened to be in Freiberg when the vocational training school in the Bahnhofvorstadt district celebrated the 300th anniversary of schooling at the same place, Bergstiftgasse lane/corner Turnerstraße, with a day of open doors. Sure, it's not the same building anymore, and the profile of the school is different, too. Nowadays the students are trained in all sorts of agriculture, food and domestic economy related professions, and it is a school for children with learning difficulties.

    The kids and teachers did a great job. They had a very interesting presentation of their different classes and they were happy to talk about their school, had fun showing the visitors their skills. I enjoyed the "guest cafe" very much (they also had a "student cafe"). Yummy cake, coffee and tea, nicely decorated room. It was all free, but of course I fed the donation box :-)

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    Guild / Shop signs

    by german_eagle Written Dec 5, 2014

    On a stroll through Freiberg you will see lots of shop signs, signs of guilds or just house signs that reflect the (former) owner's profession or so. They are made of wrought-iron, stone, wood, they are coloured or not - but always interesting and fun. A few examples:

    Pic 1 shows a sign I found in the Bahnhofvorstadt district. It stands for all guilds, craftsmen in general. It says in German: "Alter biederer Handwerksstand, blühe stets im deutschen Land." Reminds me pretty much of Hans Sachs's speech in "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg", Richard Wagner's opera.

    Pic 2 shows signs of different guilds in Freiberg, reliefs in stone at the vocational training school, also in the Bahnhofsvorstadt district.

    Pic 3 is obvious - a pet shop.

    Pic 4 is a house sign in Peterstraße, old town. The former owner was most likely a blacksmith, right?

    Pic 5 made me wonder ... on the ground floor in this house is a souvenir shop selling typical wooden Christmas items from the Erzgebirge mountains. But then I had a closer look at the offices - and right, there is one of a landscape architect in this townhouse.

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    Christmas Market and related events

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 8, 2013

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    Saxony and the Erzgebirge mountains in particular are reknown for Christmas Markets. Freiberg has one of the most authentic and beautiful one. It takes place on the Obermarkt square with about 100 stalls selling food, mulled wine and regional products. It opens in the week before the first advent and closes on fourth advent Sunday. The visitor is entertained by Christmas concerts (Bach's Christmas Oratorio) in the nearby churches, choirs singing right at the market, the kids will enjoy Santa's daily visits ... a highlight is the miner's parade on Saturday of second advent.

    In 2012 I attended the open ceremony that included a march of the miners and kids wearing traditional garb, singing Christmas carols and typical miners songs. It was very nice, I just wish there had been snow ...

    pyramid at the Christmas Market
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    Christmas Market

    by Kathrin_E Written Jan 3, 2011

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    Freiberg's Christmas market opens from Thursday before the first Advent Sunday until December 22. Market hours: Mon-Thurs 10:00-20:00, Fri-Sat 10:00-22:00, Sun 10:30-20:00. The climax is the second Advent weekend with the miners' parade.

    It takes place in Obermarkt, the most beautiful square of the town. The about 100 stalls sell Erzgebirge items, local food specialities, the usual Christmas market items from all kinds of gifts to woollen socks, and of course Glühwein, Bratwurst and other food. Its centre is the pyramid, and the stage where they always have something going on in the late afternoon and early evening. Father Christmas visits daily. In the afternoon movies for kids are shown open-air on the white wall of the town hall.

    Weather permitting, that is... On my last visit we had 70 cms of fresh snow, half the stalls were closed, and those brave merchants who were there got the official permission to finish at 6 p.m. Such conditions were extraordinary, though. And somehow magical. Check my travelogues if you want to see more photos.

    Christmas market on a very snowy day
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    Buchteln with Custard

    by Kathrin_E Written Jan 1, 2011

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    I had no idea what they were when I saw them on offer at Café Hartmann, so I asked the waitress, also for instructions how to eat them...

    Buchteln are a type of very sweet and very soft rolls. They are served together with a plate of custard and, surprise, a layer of jam underneath the custard. You tear off a piece of the Buchtel and dip it into the sauce, and enjoy. The dish is especially popular with children.

    This dish is sweet and yummy and very filling. A serving consists of two Buchteln and a soup-plate size bowl of sauce. Unless you are very hungry, I recommend sharing one between two people.

    Buchteln, custard and jam - dip in!
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    Food and other markets

    by german_eagle Written Aug 22, 2009

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    One thing I love to do while travelling is visiting food markets. One gets a good impression of the region, especially since you meet a lot of locals there. In Freiberg I recommend to go to the Obermarkt square and visit the markets there. They take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Besides, it's also a good chance to grab a bratwurst or so for a quick and inexpensive lunch.

    The market on Saturdays (8 am - 2 pm) focuses mainly on organic food and regional products.

    market on the Obermarkt square
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