Castle Museum


Scharfenstein Castle

Christmas and Toy Museum

The Erzgebirge people survived the first mining crisis in around 1650 by turning their talents to crafting wooden figurines. The Christmas and Toy Museum documents this regional tradition more meticulously than any other museum. Visitors can admire traditional nutcrackers, Räuchermännchen (smoking figures), Christmas pyramids, angels and miners and get a sense of the “Longing for Light” typical of the Erzgebirge mountains.

More than 1,000 exhibits bear witness to the inventiveness of the region’s craftsmen, artisans and folk artists. Visitors travel back in time 200 years and journey through traditional Erzgebirge folk art in different regions, starting in the Osterzgebirge (eastern mountains) and moving west to Vogtland.

Collector Johannes Martin, who himself comes from the Erzgebirge, has brought together a wide variety of unique pieces over many years. But there is lots to learn here about Erzgebirge toys and and their manufacture, too.

Christmas and Toy Museum

Christmas and Toy Museum

Castle Museum

Folk art with a Flash of Fun

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The Folk art with a Flash of Fun exhibition invites you to touch, crank and generally interact with its exhibits. It shows traditional regional characters and events in a new light, presenting them in humorous and animated form, and even with musical accompaniment.

Castle History and Karl Stülpner Museum

Other rooms present information about the castle’s 800-year history, everyday life in the 17th and 18th centuries and the life of Erzgebirge poacher, storyteller and folk hero Karl Stülpner, who was born in 1762 at the foot of Scharfenstein Castle, and still lives on in the minds of the local people. Karl Stülpner is a folk hero in the Erzgebirge mountains: a poacher and smuggler, hedonist and survivor who always stayed one step ahead of the much-hated authorities.

Marionettes, a play area and movable exhibits make this a lively and unforgettable exhibition for children.

Castle and Stülpner Museum

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