Saxony is a federal state with a rich cultural heritage. The many-faceted and fascinating history of its handicrafts industry is key to its reputation as an attractive cultural destination. Many of the handicraft skills practised in Saxony today originated here. It boasts records such as the world’s largest nutcracker, the oldest registered trademark and the largest functioning violin. These traditional and rare skills, handed down over generations of artisan production, can be witnessed throughout Saxony. Almost everywhere, visitors can watch master craftsmen at work. Below is a small selection of Saxony’s traditional skills.
The mark of the crossed swords
Anyone who wants to find out about the world’s oldest registered trademark should visit the porcelain factory in Meissen. Ever since 1710, the blue mark of the crossed swords has stood for products of the highest quality. White china clay (kaolin) is the reason why a product known as “white gold” has acquired such a fascinating aura. Among the porcelain factory’s treasures are the world’s largest and oldest collection of plaster moulds, historical models and drawings ever to be made by the company. They include figurines, sculptures and unique works of art.
Time is precious
Ever since 1878, Glashütte has been a brand name associated with one of the most famous watchmaking regions. More than 400 exhibits in the German Watch Museum illustrate the history of watchmaking in the region. Many of its timepieces can only be found here. They include pocket watches, wristwatches and pendulum clocks throughout the ages, marine chronometers and escapement models.
Heaven is full of violins
The Musikwinkel, a triangle of three cities – Markneukirchen, Schöneck...