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August the Strong, Prince Elector of Saxony, was intrigued. In 1701, he received a letter from a young man named Johann Friedrich Böttger who was an alchemist and had been arrested in Wittenberg, a town outside August’s realm. Böttger claimed that he could turn base metals into gold. If there […]
In 2004, a 22-year old US student spent 4 weeks in investigative custody in Munich. The accusation? He had tried to steal a beer stein from the most famous beer hall in the world, the Hofbräuhaus. The judge gave this case much thought and then decided to temper justice with […]
Like a Visit To The Workshop of Santa’s Elves – Cuckoo Clocks Maker Schonach – the cuckoo clocks heartland – is a village in the middle of the Black Forest high up in the mountains on an altitude of about 2900 feet. About 4000 people live here, most of them work […]
If you take a close look at your Hummel figurine, you will notice the signature “M.I. Hummel” on the bottom of the piece. True Hummel figurine aficionados know, of course, that this is the signature of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, the artist behind the cute and chubby-cheeked children’s figurines.
A German cuckoo clock is more than a thing that keeps time… Not too long ago, German cuckoo clocks were spurned as dusty kitsch and out-of-date Grandma-style decoration among young Germans (and yes, my Grandma had a cuckoo clock hanging in her hall) and their popularity waned. But as more […]