Home to those who like combining relaxation and exploration during their vacation, the motto of the Erzebirge Mountains is, “unwind today and leave the adventures for tomorrow” — meaning it is the perfect destination for everyone. It is beloved by so many around the world, that it is even being considered as a future UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For lunch, the Erzebirge Mountains Toursim took us to the quirky restaurant inside of the Wolkensteiner Zughotel. For both train enthusiasts and foodies this is a complete dream-come-true, as the surroundings are fascinating and the food is delicious.
After lunch we traveled onwards to the charming city of Annaberg-Buchholz where we visited the Manufaktur der Träume. The Factory of Dreams is the largest and most significant private collections of children’s toys worldwide thanks to Dr. Erika Pohl-Ströher. More than 1,000 objects spanning four centuries are on display. My favorite was the recreation of Noah’s ark.
Before returning to Dresden, we made a quick stop at St. Anne’s Cathedral, which is the largest, true hall church in Saxony. Built in the 15th Century, the architectural style is a mix of the Late Gothic and Renaissance periods. It is considered the heart and soul of the town and it is easy to see why when you walk inside.
Right next to the Cathedral was a Christmas store that we quickly stopped inside. The Erzebirge region is the cradle of German Christmas tradition. Most homes are lovingly decorated over the holiday season and each year families buy new items to add to their growing collection. My favorite thing in the store was a photographer Smoker. The incense Smokers have been a symbol of the German culture since the first one was handcrafted around 1850.
Then it was time to leave the mountains for our final dinner in Dresden. The restaurant we dined in, Speisen & Getränke, has been around for nearly a century. Situated on the Elbe River, in this establishment you can enjoy Saxon specialties or exclusive Italian cuisine with magnificent views. I simply cannot imagine a better location!