4 Famous German Erzgebirge Ornaments

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Have you ever heard of the Erzgebirge region of Germany? Comprising a low-lying mountain range in the east of the country, this is a beautiful, scenic area. It’s also renowned for its love of handicrafts, each of which is fashioned with care and a love of storytelling. When it comes to decorative ornaments, therefore, there’s no shortage of beautifully handmade stories to tell. Today, let’s explore some of the most famous German Erzgebirge ornaments in more detail, all of which are available right here on the Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co. online store!

Erzgebirge Nutcracker Figurines

This icon is beloved by many around the world, and its origins are derived from the Erzgebirge region. Each authentic German nutcracker ornament, whether of the hanging, tabletop display, or other variety, is entirely made by hand in the country. It is by far one of the most popular and sought-after pieces of folk art around. This is especially true around the Christmas holidays, in no small part due to the equally iconic play, “The Nutcracker.”

Erzgebirge Christmas Pyramids

Intricate and elegant with a touch of old-timey charm, there’s nothing quite like the classic Christmas pyramid. If you’re not familiar with these, they are finely detailed ornaments constructed out of beautiful woods local to the area. They can be highly complex and precisely detailed, depicting everything from multi-tiered nativity scenes to traditional churches, villages, angels, winter scenes, and much more. German Christmas pyramids spin from the heat of candles, effectively bringing these depictions to life. 

German Smokers

Delightful little figurines that function as incense holders, wooden handmade smokers are one of the other most popular German Erzgebirge ornaments. Traditionally, they take on the appearance of miners, paying homage to the region’s rich legacy of extracting tin, silver, and iron ore. However, there are plenty of variations available including adorable smoker houses, special themed figures such as captains and chefs, and more. Regardless of your choice, owning one of these lovingly hand-detailed Erzgebirge smokers is a great way to cherish the spirit and history of the area.

German-Made Clocks

A highly functional, accurate, and beautifully detailed German clock is one of the most special ornaments one can have in their home. No two are exactly the same yet they remain precise and reliable in terms of their timekeeping capabilities. From novelty cuckoo clocks to miniatures, handsome mantel clocks and much more, there’s something for every stylistic and form factor preference. Check out our selection today to see for yourself!

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