Welcome abord to a little trip to Klein Erzgebirge. The miniature park is situated in Oederan in the Erz Mountains, about an hour southwest of Dresden. From the Broken, to the Thuringian Forest all the way to the Erz Mountains, Germany offers lush green. It is here that we really get our kitsch on! The area is deeply influenced by mining history, deep forests and folklore.
The miniature park in Oederan features a cornucopia of hand-made figurines and, of course, all the most beautiful castles and fortresses from Saxony. I’m sure it’s a must on school trip itineraries from near and far. The figurines in Klein Erzgebirge are all hand carved according to old traditions.
In Klein Erzgebirge they make everything on site, with great love for detail. There are nutcrackers, bandits and even a few pioneers from the GDR.
These days, you will find a lot of miniature parks in Germany. Klein Erzgebirge opened its doors to the public in 1933, which means this is one of the oldest miniature parks in the world. This miniature park is certainly not as flashy as the one in Berlin for instance.
If you are looking for kitsch here, you may die trying. You will find folk art on an extremely high level (and not a single garden gnome!). Klein Erzgebirge also features a little train on the premises. Due to current hygiene measures it did not run. There is also a playground and a show workshop. At least the restaurant nearby was nicely overdecorated.
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