Christmas Shopping in Seiffen

As I begin this post about Christmas shopping in Seiffen, I realize it has the possibility of being either extremely short or extremely long*. The short version might go something like this. Though Seiffen is by no means a large town, it is home to more than 100 Christmas shops and woodcarving workshops. Most are located on, or not far from, the Hauptstrasse (Main Street). They include … [Read more...]

Seiffen Hotels at Christmas

Let me start with the bad news. If you were thinking of traveling to Seiffen or any of the other towns in Germany's Erzgebirge with popular Christmas markets this December, there's a high likelihood there will be no room at the inn. I base this both on a conversation I had with the hotel management of the Hotel Erbgericht Buntes Haus where I stayed in July and a quick perusal of TripAdvisor … [Read more...]

Traveling to Seiffen at Christmas

I’ve grown so accustomed to traveling with ease between German cities that I was a little surprised that getting to Seiffen was kind of a hassle. As usual, the best option for me was the train, so any difficulty was mitigated to a large extent by the ease of booking tickets online and having access to Deutsche Bahn’s explicit timetables (leave from Platform #xx, arrive at Platform #yy, XX minutes … [Read more...]

Seiffen: Germany’s Year-round Christmas Toy Town

One of my last posts of 2013 was dedicated to The Erzgebirge: Santa’s Workshop in Germany, a region, which at the time I knew only by reputation. However, a late-July trip to London this year gave me the excuse to fly over to Germany and fill in the blanks, as it were. With just a couple of nights at my disposal, I realized I only had time for one town but the choice was a no-brainer: the … [Read more...]