One thing you certainly will NOT expect in Stolpen and surroundings is an Original Erzgebirge manufacture and store. Sounds odd. But it is true. The place is run by Mrs. Heider and her husband many years ago got his training and degree in the Erzgebirge mountains. I am torn about this place - it's more mass production than classy, high quality manufactured items. Think of their candle arches, for example: designed at the computer, cut out of plywood by CNC-machines, electric lights installed between them, all this put on a board and that's it. And then you pay a lot of money. Not my cup of tea.
I must say they have some nice smaller pieces also, figures. Christmas and Easter related items - Easter eggs, bunnies of all kinds. Wooden snowmen, smoker men and such. That's the stuff that I bought occasionally when I needed a small souvenir/gift for someone. And that's what I recommend the place for.
They have a B&B and a restaurant also in Langenwolmsdorf. And they have big stores in Dresden (2x: next to Kreuzkirche and in Altmarkt Gallery shopping mall), Pirna, Bautzen, Sebnitz. Service is varying like the weather.
Open Mon - Sun (!) 10-18 all year through, except 25/26 Dec and 01 Jan.
What to pay: From a couple of Euro to hundreds of Euro.
There is a goat ranch with about 100 animals in Lauterbach, about 2 km northeast of Stolpen. All their products are organic (bio in German). Upon request you can get a tour of the ranch or watch the cheesemaking. In their little shop you can buy other organic vegetables and products also. Opening hours of the shop: Tuesday and Friday 2 pm - 6 pm.
Twice or so per year (I went on the first weekend in May) they have a big yard festival which is very enjoyable. You can walk around on the grounds, in the stable, there is live music, freshly cooked food (yummy baked goat cheese!), cakes and coffee/tea in the vaulted hall of the old farmhouse, craftsmen presenting their works (blacksmith, potter e.g.) and of course you can buy their products. Kids love the goats, the horse-drawn carriage rides and the games.
What to buy: Several kinds of goat cheese - pure, with herbs, fruits etc. Goat milk, sometimes meat and sausages. Organic veggies from nearby farms. Other organic products like chocolate, müesli.
What to pay: About 2 Euro per 100 g cheese. Fresh goat milk is 1.75 Euro per litre.
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