Weihnachtsland am Zwinger, Kleine Brüdergasse 5 (tel. 0351/86-21-230; www.weihnachtsland-dresden.com), is the best-stocked and most interesting gift shop in Dresden, with a selection of Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter ornaments that are handmade in the nearby Erzgebirge region.
The oldest manufacturer of porcelain in Dresden is Wehsener Porzellan, 5km (3 miles) southeast of the center at Dohnaerstrasse 72 (tel. 0351/47-04-370;Tram: 13; Bus: 72 or 76). Its handpainted objects are the most charming and interesting in Dresden. You can also take a free tour of the studios and factory.
Dresden’s Weihnachtsmarkt (also called the Striezelmarkt) is the oldest Christmas market in Germany. This December event, which began in 1434, takes place in the Altmarkt and features handmade regional crafts and gift items and homemade foods. Look for woodcarvings from the Erzgebirge Mountains, indigo-printed cloth and pottery from Lusatia, gingerbread from Pulsnitz, filigree lace from Plauen, Advent stars from Hermhut, and blown-glass tree decorations from Lauscha.
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