Welcome to the Toy village Seiffen
The history of Seiffen
The often eventful history of Seiffen goes back to the first half of 14th century,
when the highland's joist between Bohemia and Saxonian district of Meissen
were named "
Miriquidi" ( clarkforest ).
About the year 1200 retimes of Knights and Monks arrived the region
to seek for the "
mountain - treasures".
Not only their settlements were built, where accidently found solid metals
gave hope for grounds worth for mining,
but even at places where mountain brooks boing along tin - barleys.
The village name "
Cynsifen" first mentioned 1324 in feudal tenure letter
is supposed having been given after the outwashing of tinbarleys,
the so called outsoaping.
The tin mining in the mountains started
in the middle of the 15th century.
Poor mining results, technical problems and cheaper overseas import
caused the recession of tin mining in the Seiffen corner in the following centuries.
The Seiffen chinning office was closed in 1849 and mining right of the
Schönberg dynasty extinguished. A 370 year old tradition has ended.
Centuries of mining left their traces in the village,
they keep on living in the consciousness of people and help of understand
the singularity of Seiffen folksart.
Holiday in Seiffen
Near the border to the Czech - Republic Seiffen lies on the ridge of the central Erzgebirge.
The romantic place is located in a wide hollow flown through by the Seiffen - brook,
an idyll like in a book of fairy - tales: The sharp - gabled cottages of the art craftsman are
to be seen uphill or along the mainstreet in the valley.
The atmosphere is hospitable and comfortable;
visitors are friendly invited into the workshops of the craftsmen.
But not only friends of silence and tranquillity are feeling well in Seiffen.
The toy village is an ideal starting point
for making trips and excursions around the region that is rich in culture.
Those who like being active in sports can find extended ways for wandering and
hiking around the village and in the region.
In winter the guest has many occasions as well for skiing,
downhill and sloping as for sledging.
The annual climax of the season is the Arrival of Christ and Christmastime;
the whole village is shining in the light of candlearchs and the pyramids.
But even in other times of the year Seiffen and its wonderful surrounding are
worth to be visited because:
There is season everytime in the healthresort Seiffen.
If you’ll visit our toy village, then you should take your way along the
signs of firms and the symbols of the craftsmen.
Watch the masters while working and observe their skillness and application.
You can buy a folksart product of your choice directly in the craftsmen’s
workshop or you can fulfill your special wish.
is well known because of its splendid Christmas folksart.
The traditional candle holding figures, the miner and the angel,
were added the little smoking mannequin and the nutcrackers as symbolfigures
of the Erzgebirge Christmas in the middle of last century. Pyramid’s,
candlesticks, crib representations, and the wooden candlearch belong to
that offering as well as the famous Kurrende ( Choir of Children )
and the cake selling figures, which got the golden medal at the world
exhibition in Paris 1937.
Mining work, desire for light, the Erzgebirge
delight of celebrating Christmas,
but especially the love to children dominate the manufacturing of toys.
The figures are origined from life, they have got clear and characterized
form, which is singular in the world.