Visit in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains)

The Design group took a two-days trip to Seiffen  from 3 to 4 December 2014. Steiffen is  a lovely town in Saxony and famous for Christmas wooden figurines. The group was very eager to discover the area and get to know the people who manufacture this beautiful traditional handcraft.

Shortly before arriving in Seiffen, we stopped in Eppendorf where the handicraft store of the Köhler family is located. We had the opportunity to watch the entire process of the production. Then we continued our journey to the marvelous toy museum in Seiffen where we learned about the history of the inhabitants who were once ore miners and had to look for other work due to recession in the area. The abundance of timber in the region led them to wooden products such as household articles, plates etc. The new line in toy manufacturing began in 17th century and became a growing market. We then strolled around the Christmas market and see an organ concert at the Miner’s church lit with dozens of candles. 

On the second day, the bus driver took us along the winding road to Dresden where we visited the Transparent Factory which is an exhibition space owned by German carmaker Volkswagen. We were invited to a fascinating tour to see the production of the luxury sedans Phaeton and Bentley.

The spouse of the Prime Minister of Saxony met us for lunch in the heart of Dresden. A pleasant walk around Striezelmarket and a cosy pause with Glühwein and Stollen rounded off our trip.

For lunch in the heart of Dresden we were welcomed by Mrs Tillich, wife of the prime Minister of Saxony. She showed us around, especially over Striezelmarket together with Glühwein and Stollen.