Kurort Seiffen Travel Guide

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Kurort Seiffen Things to Do

  • Summer sledging

    I'm sure that with all the mountains around sledging is wonderful in Seiffen in winter. But what if it is summer while you're there? No problem: Take a ride downhill at the "Sommerrodelbahn Seiffen". Just like in Augustusburg, this ride is a lot of fun. The complete track is more than 730 meters long, has nine bends and is in parts quite steep. At...

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  • Mining Path

    The so called "Bergbausteig" (mining path) takes you on a walk along the sites of former mining. As I was there in winter and the snow was about 2 ft. high it was quite exhausting to follow this path - I only managed a few of the 20 stations, then gave up.They have signboards at every station telling about the history of the site - in German only,...

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  • The parish church

    This beautiful small Baroque church with an octagon base (a specialty) and tent-like roof was built 1776-79, commissioned by the local miners' association and the Schönberg family (patrons). With its special shape it has become one of the most famous motifs of the wooden items manufactured in Seiffen and sold all over the world.The interior is...

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  • Spielzeugmuseum - Toy and Woodcarvings...

    Do you want to see the finest examples of Ore Mountains woodarvings, and find out how these were made? Visit the museum in Seiffen. The museum presents the history and technique of woodcarved toys and traditional decorations and how the craft developed since the 19th century.One of the biggest attractions is the 6 metres high indoor pyramid (not...

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  • Remnants of Mining, and a Practical Hint

    Like most places in the Ore Mountains, as the name indicates, Seiffen's business used to be mining. When the mines were exploited in the 18th and 19th century, mining activities ceased and the former miners had to find new ways to make a living - many turned to woodcarving and toy-making. Mining has left some marks in the landscape, though. Close...

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  • The Church

    The little yellow church of Seiffen has become famous as a model for Erzgebirge woodcarvings. It comes in all sizes and varieties, in pyramids, on chandeliers and Schwibbögen, illuminated with a lightbulb inside, as miniature etc. But here is the original:The octogonal church was completed in 1779, it shows the typical late baroque style of village...

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  • Shopping

    There are some 150 woodcarving workshops in Seiffen alone, and many more in the surrounding towns and villages. Every second house in the main street, or so it seems, and also some in the back streets contain shops that sell Erzgebirge woodcarvings all year round. Christmas decorations are the main focus but several have found another niche in...

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  • Schauwerkstatt: the Open Workshop

    In Hauptstraße opposite the Toy Museum, a local company have opened their workshops to visitory. For a small entrance fee (1.80 €) you can watch wood turners, carvers and painters at work. The ground floor has the lathes and other machinery where the wood is formed. On the second floor carvers work and the pieces are assembled. The third floor...

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  • 1. Schauwerkstatt Seiffen

    In this "Schauwerkstatt" you can see how all those Christmas tree figures are produced. A guide shows you the several steps of the production of e.g a nutcracker or a little wooden elephant. In the shelves you see hundreds of half-finished figures waiting to be painted or composed. The air smells of freshly cut wood - a smell I love!In the same...

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Kurort Seiffen Restaurants

  • Spielzeugschachtel

    Right on the main strreet, vis-a-vis from the toy museum, is this place - a store for wooden items/toys on the ground floor combined with a cafe/restaurant on the upper floor. They serve snacks, but focus on cakes/tartes and coffee etc.The cafe was packed when I visited. I guess it (almost) always is in December, since I didn't think the town was...

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  • Dachsbaude

    High above the town Seiffen, about 5 minutes by car or 20 minutes walking, is this cute inn located. They also have some guest rooms, so if you've had some glasses of wine or beer, you can stay overnight. Cross-country skiing trails and hiking paths start right there, too.The interior is cosy, lots of wood, in Advent/Christmas season (when I...

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  • Nussknackerbaude

    We had lunch there in 2007. The food is pretty good local stuff, but nothing to write home about. I had venison goulash with a mushroom sauce, baked potato pieces and some salad as side dish plus a regional beer (Rechenberger) which was quite good. The service was friendly and attentive.Quite special is the ambience. As the name indicates the owner...

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Kurort Seiffen Transportation

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    by german_eagle Written Jan 5, 2011

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    I hardly ever recommend to drive instead of taking public transportation, but in this case I need to do just this.

    Seiffen has a remote location, far from bigger cities close to the main crest of the Erzgebirge mountains. Of course you can do the excursion to Seiffen and back by train and bus, but it is a hassle and the connections are infrequent. If you're set on this or if you're not driving at all, then take a train from Dresden to Freiberg and from there the bus to Seiffen. Or take the train to Olbernhau, from there the bus to Seiffen. And vice versa. But be prepared that the buses are often schoolbuses that don't run on weekends. Check www.bahn.de or the website below for schedules and fares.

    I personally always drive to Seiffen and back. I try to be there before the crowds and tour buses show up, meaning 10 am latest. My favourite driving route is from Dresden via Frauenstein or (Pirna via Altenberg) to Rechenberg-Bienmühle, from there via Neuhausen to Seiffen. Very scenic! Another, more busy route is via Freiberg - Brand-Erbisdorf - Sayda.

    Be prepared that minor (and even major) roads in winter can be slippery. You're in the mountains! Definitely have a car with snow tyres.

    Parking in Seiffen is 5 Euro, valid for the day, no matter how long you stay. Guides (people) direct you to the free parking places.

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Kurort Seiffen Shopping

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    by german_eagle Updated Jan 4, 2011

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    One of the ancestors of the Füchtner family is called to be the "father of the Seiffen Nutcrackers". He was the one who created this figure in the 19th century. All their products are still handmade in their own family run workshop, looking back to a long tradition of six generations.

    Walk up to the family's house, ring the bell and someone will let you in. Take your time and watch what's on display. The lady of the house speaks only very limited English, but you'll manage to communicate somehow. The pieces speak for themselves :-)

    What to buy: All sorts of Christmas stuff: Nutcrackers, Smokers, Pyramids etc. except "Schwibbogen".

    What to pay: A Nutcracker of 37 cm height costs about 40 Euro. Of course you can spend much more for bigger figures, but also a little less for smaller ones.

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Kurort Seiffen Local Customs

  • Raachermannel and Co.

    Raachermannel is Ore Mountains dialect for Räuchermännchen which again means "Smoking Man" in English. These smoking men are probably the most popular Christmas figures. They consist of two parts. The upper one is removed and a little incense candle is placed and lit in the figure's "stomach". Then it is closed again and starts to "smoke" from a...

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  • Miners Parade

    "Everything comes from the mining" goes the saying in the Erzgebirge mountains. That applies to Christmas/Advent customs, too. Many towns in the Erzgebirge know the tradition of a miners parade on one of the Advent weekends. The most famous parades are in Annaberg-Buchholz, Freiberg and Schwarzenberg.Seiffen has a small parade the first Advent and...

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  • Adventsleuchter - Advent Candle Holder

    This candle holder is a very typical Ore Mountains product. Such candle holders are used instead of Advent Wreaths. On the first Sunday in Advent one candle is put on it and lit, on the second Advent Sunday two, etc.Adventsleuchter are hardly known outside the region. Unlike most other types of Erzgebirge woodcarvings these have not yet invaded the...

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Kurort Seiffen Sports & Outdoors

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    Seiffen is not only for shoppers. Nope, you can do some skiing, both downhill and cross-country, too. It's not exactly too challenging or exciting for that kind of sports, but for beginners it is more than just fine and even an advanced skier will enjoy a couple of hours skiing here.

    The region is quite snow reliable, usually there's enough snow from mid December to end of February in Seiffen. The cross-country trails are well groomed whenever the snow conditions are good, the skilift is in operation on afternoons during the week, all day on weekends and during school holidays. Very nice is the night skiing, offered on Thursdays and Saturdays.

    The skilift is dirt cheap, the cross-country trails are free to use.

    Equipment: Bring your own equipment or rent from Sportwelt Preissler in town (vis-a-vis the open-air museum). Preissler is also a ski school with very reasonable prices for classes (individual ski instructing 15 Euro per hour for adults)

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Kurort Seiffen Favorites

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    by german_eagle Updated Jan 4, 2011

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    Favorite thing: In case my Travel page about Seiffen made you eager to see the place, try to visit this area at Advent/Christmas time.

    Although there might be crowds around, don't miss that very special atmosphere during the weeks before Christmas Eve. I also use to visit at this time of year. Some snow makes it perfect!

    I highly recommend to stay for a night or two to soak up the atmosphere after the day-trippers are gone. After sunset the entire village is lit by thousands of candles (electric or 'real') - also the private houses, not only the stores/shopping centres, are decorated with all sorts of Christmas stuff like Nutcrackers, pyramids, candle arches etc.

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