Local traditions and culture in Land Sachsen

  • St. Nick at the Market near the Frauenkirche
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    Stadtfest stage in front of Semperoper.
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    Post-Distanzsäulen / post-columns

    by globetrott Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    In Saxony you may still see this kind of Post-Distanzsäulen / post-columns in many places.
    August der Starke started to build these columns in 1722 at all places, where the post / mail-riders would get to.

    It shows the colorful coat of arms of Saxony and Poland on top and indicates the distances to the other big cities like Dresden, Meissen etc.

    The post-columns on my picture are placed directely at the bridge-entrance to the castle of Moritzburg.
    Another such column you may see on my page about Pirna.

    Postdistanzs��ule in Moritzburg
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    OSTMOBIL - Trabbis and more, galore...

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    "Ostmobil" is an excellent collection of old Trabbis and more in Dresden.
    This collection is shown in the 1st floor (USA:2nd floor) of a shoppinghall, called Neustädter Markthalle, that looks nice already by itself with a great architecture.
    BUT my best memory was the great collection of Trabbants - a part of them is shown on my picture-combination :
    Lets start on top : "Villa Sachsenruh" on the left is a Trabbi with a tent on the top and it shows the Trabbant from the movie "Go Trabbi go!" - a movie , made shortly after Germany was re-united and it shows such a Trabbi going to Rome.
    On the right : Trabbi and Camper LC9, beeing just 220 kg in order to be able to be torn by a Trabby.
    On the righ below : The tarbbi of NVA, the army of the DDR
    And finally on the left :
    Trabbi P60 Pick Up. It was planned that way in 1960 by Dr.W.Lang, the constructor of all Trabbis, but was never built.
    In 1999 W.Liebig heared about these plans and built this car according to the original construction-plans.
    In the museum you may also see Trabbis used by the post-office of DDR, racing-cars, hundreds of motorscooters, a Duo 4 etc. etc. etc...

    Thanks a lot Ingo , for this excellent museum, I would never have been able to find myself !
    Ingo is german-eagle on VT and certainly the best expert about Dresden and Saxony on VT !!

    Ostmobil - an excellent collection of DDR-cars
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    Verkehrsmuseum in Dresden

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Verkehrsmuseum in Dresden is just a few steps from the famous Frauenkirche and inside you may see a big collection of old trains, trams, airplanes, motorbikes, cycles and cars, mainly produced in the former DDR or at least in Germany.
    Next to the entrance you may see about 20 cars and a few motorcycles, and finally , hidden a bit in other rooms on the ground floor you will get to see a lot of ancient trains and trams.
    Normally I prefer the vintage-cars, but these trains are really interesting and quite unique, as I never saw any of them in a museum so far.
    On 1st floor (USA:2nd floor) you may see a good collection of bikes and motorscooters, small-scale-modelcars and -trains and finally in the 2nd floor of the museum you may see a big area with a fully functional model-railway .
    Several times a day the trains will run for the audience and his is always great fun for visitors of all ages...

    Verkehrsmuseum in Dresden
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    Ancient armouries in Zwinger

    by globetrott Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    In Zwinger in Dresden you may see a great museum with ancient iron armouries like they had been customary hundreds of years ago.
    There are plenty of iron armours, that were mostly not used for fighting in times of war, but rather for show-tournaments and competitions.
    My favorite was the one on my picture, showing also the armour of a horse.
    You maya get very close to them and see all of the fine works of the silver-smith.

    This museum in Zwinger is seperate of the art-gallery BUT you may get a reduced combination-ticket and may save a few €uros that way.
    I was in the art-gallery while the armoury-museum was closed already and as I was able to show my ticket of the other day I even got that reduction, when seeing the other part the next day.
    The Rüstkammer in Zwinger is open :
    daily except Monday : 10.00a.m. - 06.00p.m.
    For photography you have to pay seperate !!

    iron armours shown in the Zwinger of Dresden
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    Gläserne Manufaktur of VW in Dresden

    by globetrott Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    The so-called "Gläserne Manufaktur" of Volkswagen is a completely new concept of building new cars in the centre of Dresden, and everybody may watch the production from outside through giant windows.
    When you click on my picture you may see the bands of cars rolling through the fabrication halls on each fllor.
    You may click on the link below and get some more informations about it and also about the possibilties to see the car-production from inside of the manufactur.
    "Die Gläserne Manufaktur" is at the edge of "Grosse Garten", where Petersburger Strasse meets Stubbelstrasse at Strassburger Platz.

    Die Gl��serne Manufaktur in Dresden
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    Erzgebirgs-Weihnachtspyramiden

    by globetrott Written Jan 6, 2005

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    Erzgebirge is an area in south-west Saxony, where a typical kind of christmas-decorations has been produced since hundreds of years. These wooden sculptures - produced in all sizes - mostly showed simple people, like old men with working-tools, farmers with a skythe and ladies with traditional costumes. Most of the men have a pipe in their mouth and all of them look so peacefully .
    Even in times of the DDR they had been an important factor in economy, as they were exported all over Europe.

    Erzgebirgsfiguren
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    Still dreaming of the good old times

    by globetrott Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    Some people in Saxony and the rest of the former DDR are still dreaming of the good old times of the Communist DDR and so I saw this nice man one day in the pedestrian zone in Dresden and had a talk with him.
    He knew a lot about history, including Austria and was quite charming, and not really wrong in every aspect...
    ...Still I think it is great the old times are over, and even when not yet everything is totally perfect, it certainly is better for most of the population today anyway.
    And these people should also start to think about their own comrades of the former communiste party of DDR - most of them are rich and wealthy today and perfect Capitalists, simply because they found their own tricks to survive in the "bad capitalist system"

    some people still dream if the old DDR
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    a lovely Standesamt in Dresden

    by globetrott Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Dresden is a great place to marry and it might have the most romantic Standesamt / wedding license bureau of all of Saxony.
    Just click on my picture and have a closer look for that great architecture and romantic fresco at the entrance-hall.
    Just a pity, this place is open during the week, BUT NEVER on a saturday and sunday !!

    I found it myself accidentially, when I left the hop-on-hop-off citytourbus in Goetheallee in order to take a few photos of the Elbe and castle Albrechtsberg.
    This nice building may be found at the crossing of Goethestrasse and Vogesenweg.

    The officehours are - just in case :
    Monday : 08.00a.m. - 12.00 noon
    Tuesday : 08.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
    + 02.00p.m. - 06.00p.m.
    Thursday : 02.00p.m. - 06.00p.m.
    With these officehours, it is certainly a hard job there ;-))

    Saxony's most romantic Standesamt
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    Der Grüne Pfeil - the best heritage of DDR

    by globetrott Written Jan 7, 2005

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    You may often hear people say " Not everything was bad in the old DDR..." and I totally agree, especially when it comes to this special sign - Grüner Pfeil / (the green arrow)
    At Street-crossings where you see such a green arrow next to the traficlight, you may go on , when you intend to turn right, even when the traficlight shows red !!
    Of course you have to carefully look not to get into conflict with any other car, but in most of the cases you may go, AND the other cars, especially those behind of you, who want to go to the right as well, expect you to go as quick as possible !!

    For a tourist it might need some time, to get accustomed to this clever idea, and after a big discussion the rest of germany tried to get a similar regulation, but so far I never saw this type of green arrow OUTside of the old DDR-area.

    Der Gr��ne Pfeil - the best heritage of DDR
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    Strietzelmarkt of Dresden

    by Antji Updated Dec 3, 2004

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    Go to the Strietzelmarkt in Dresden .on Christmastime It´s very popular because of the big Christmas-Pyramide and a lot´s of little handmade figures from the Erzgebirge like angels, nussknacker etc.
    You will find it on the Altmarkt of Dresden but at the weekends its mostly very crowded by tourists.
    Near from the Strietzelmarkt you will find the historic Christmas market. I love to have some gluehwein there;)

    Strietzelmarkt

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    Saxon farming....

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 18, 2003

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    Many people in rural Saxony are farmers, as are Doreen's parents. It was an interesting and warm hearted place to spend my Christmas and also some time this spring. Part of this life is the raising of animals. Though done as a means of providing food for your family, it is a wonderful thing to see the very young ones as they learn to walk and feed themselves. This little guy was only a few days old.

    a cute benefit of a farming life

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    Christmas traditions in Germany are strong...

    by richiecdisc Written Mar 13, 2003

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    The Erzgebirge is famous throughout Germany for its wooden Christmas decorations like the nutcracker men and elaborate pyramids. The latter are little nativity scenes that rotate with the heat currents from candles below a propeller. These vary in size enormously and there is generally a super large one in the main square of the quaint towns that dot this area.

    a pyramid in Freiberg

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    preparing Christmas dinner....

    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 13, 2003

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    There's no turkey for Christmas dinner in Germany, they opt for either goose or duck. Doreen's parents have a farm and this means the slaughtering of some fowl for the holiday season. It's not something that people enjoy doing, but it's part of a tradition that's been going on for hundreds of years. These ducks were raised for this meal and it's hard work getting them ready, I'll tell you that! They had to pluck all the feathers off. I only did some of the fine feathers but the main job looked to be as tough a task as I've ever seen. Days later, the fruits of all the labor are served up on Christmas day, around midday. It was absolutely delicious, served with potato dumplings, and red cabbage.

    getting ready for Christmas dinner

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    gluwein at Noosen Ruins

    by richiecdisc Written May 29, 2007

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    D's sister and her boyfriend took us to Noosen as a surprise trip during our Christmas holidays there. As it turned out the complex was closed but we sneaked in and had it all to ourselves. This made heating up some gluwein much easier. It was a bitter cold day and the warm wine certainly made our contemplation a bit easier. ;)

    heating up the gluwein the sisters keep warm
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    Tag der Sachsen

    by Leipzig Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    "Tag der Sachsen" (Day of the Saxons) is the biggest annual festival in Saxony. It takes place once a year in a middle-size town and attracts about 400,000 visitors from Saxony but also from adjacent states. Here you find live music on over 20 stages, local and regional specialities, beer en masse, games and of course a lot of fun.
    Highlight is the pompous procession on Sunday.
    In 2004 "Tag der Sachsen" took place in Döbeln.

    Tag der Sachen in the past years:

    1992 Freiberg
    1993 Görlitz
    1994 Annaberg- Buchholz
    1995 Rochlitz
    1996 Torgau
    1997 Plauen
    1998 Hoyerswerda
    1999 Riesa
    2000 Zwickau
    2001 Zittau
    2002 Döbeln (cancelled due to flodding)
    2003 Sebnitz
    2004 Döbeln
    2005 Weißwasser
    2006 Marienberg

    ...

    In 2007 the "Tag der Sachsen" is celebrated in "Reichenbach".

    Tag der Sachsen

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