Pirna Local Customs

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    Christmas Market
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    Christmas Market
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    Christmas Market

    by german_eagle Updated Apr 16, 2011

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    Like almost every town in Saxony (and Germany) Pirna has a Christmas Market. It opens 1st Advent and closes one or two days before Holy Eve. It has a lot of potential, especially as it takes place on the romantic, very beautiful Market square, but I must admit I have been to better Christmas Markets.

    I never managed to find a Glühwein that actually was yummy, best you can say it was average. Two stalls sold quality products from the Erzgebirge mountains (wooden Christmas items) - and they were *really* very good - but most other stalls were a bit disappointing. The recent addition, the so called "Handwerkermarkt" (artisans market) was tiny and not to exciting. Also, when I visited the market was not very busy; I guess Dresden's excellent Christmas markets are too close so that's where the locals go to.

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    Easter fountain

    by german_eagle Written Apr 16, 2011

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    A nice local custom (as in many regions of Germany) is to decorate one of the historic (Baroque) fountains on the Market square with flowers and easter eggs. Every year one of the flower shops in town provides the flowers, about five or six people (in 2010 e.g. a project for unemployed youth) paint the eggs and decorate the "crown", a wooden construction that is put on the fountain in a festive ceremony two weeks prior to Easter holidays. A chorus sings according chorals while the locals gather and enjoy the ceremony.

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    The Mail-column / Postdistanzsäule

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Postdistanzs��ule in Pirna

    All over Saxony you may still see such columns that show you the distances to the most important towns of Saxony.
    These columns date back to the 18th century, when the mail was delivered by horse carriages or horsemen and it shows the colored coats of arms of Saxony and Poland-Lithouania and a list of important villages and towns with the distances in miles.
    This column is 4,5 meters high and was errected in 1722 under August the strong / August der Starke.

    In order to see where to find the column, search for #12 on the map that is shown on my link below !

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    the tourist information in the Canalettohaus

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the entrance of the Canalettohaus

    When walking through Pirna you will see plenty of great excamples of wonderful architecture, like here on my picture :
    It is the entrance of the Canalettohaus with the Tourist-information, where you may also see a copy of the famous painting of Pirna made by Canaletto !

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    The tourist-information is inside the Canalettohaus
    Am Markt Nr.7 and is open :
    Monday - Friday 09.00a.m. - 06.00p.m.
    Saturday 09.30a.m. - 01.00p.m.
    and between April and October:
    Saturday 09.30 - 02.00p.m.
    Sundays and Holidays 11.00a.m. - 02.00p.m.
    You may see the Canalettohaus as #1
    on the map of my link below !
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    the museum inside the Canalettohaus

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    inside the Canaletto-Haus

    The Canalettohaus dates back to the 16th century and got its by-name when Canaletto painted it in 1752.
    Inside the building you may see reproductions of many of his paintings and also a model of the Camera Obscura of Canaletto.
    During the opening times of the Tourist-information you may go there and have a look. - there is no extra entrancefee, you just go there and take a look.
    The building is #1 on the map that you see in my link below !

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    Christmas Market

    by Kathrin_E Updated Dec 26, 2010

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    Pirna’s Christmas market takes place in market square around the town hall, thus in the Canaletto view. The setting among the historical buildings is pleasant.
    The market is not very big, admittedly. I did quite some shopping there, though, especially at the one stall that had Erzgebirge woodcarvings of excellent quality from renowned workshops. I also got a pretty pendant fro a necklace from a stall with glass ornaments, and an assortment of Saxon sausages. The quality of the Glühwein is better not mentioned, though.

    A recent acquisition, first time in 2010, is the “artisans’ market” which is actually one large wooden hut which serves as show workshop for a handful of artisans, where you can watch them at work. I had expected more.

    The evenings were surprisingly quiet. If you want an uncrowded market on a Friday or Saturday evening, here it is. Merchants told me that in previous years the market used to close at 6 p.m. Now it stays open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, until 8 p.m. on all other days, but the people of Pirna have not yet realized or accepted the longer opening hours.

    Night photos of the Christmas maarket

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    the side-door of the townhall

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2004

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    the sideentrance of the townhall of Pirna

    This is the side-entrance of the townhall of Pirna with great arches made of sandstone and great sculptured reliefs.
    Sandstone was one of the most precious goods that Pirna could win from the mountains nearby and export to other countries, mostly with ships going up and down the Elbe / Labe.
    In 1837 the regular steam-ships-trafic was started from Dresden and brought plenty of tourists as well.
    These steam-ships still run on the river and are a major tourist-attraction today !

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    the old sunscale on the townhall

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2004

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    the sunscale on the townhall of Pirna

    You will see this great sunscale on top of the entrance of the townhall of Pirna.
    The 2 lions are part of the coat of arms of Pirna and you will see them also in other decorations on the townhall.
    Take a walk around the townhall and take a closer look at the various great gates and windows !

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