What’s a Räuchermann?

“Räuchermann” translates to “smoking manikin” or “incense smoker” and – just like the Schwibbogen – is a famous part of German Christmas decorations. It also has its origins in the Ore Mountains, although its tradition is younger than the one of Schwibbögen: Räuchermänner (plural) – or, in the Ore Mountain dialect, “Raachermannel” – were first mentioned in 1850. The small wooden figurines, which are elaborately designed, crafted and also often painted by hand, are hollow on the inside. A cone of incense (“Räucherkerze”) is lighted and then set into the hollowed out part. From there, the smoke travels through the […]

Announcement: The Christmas Elves want YOU!

Dear Internationals! We are happy to offer another wonderful Christmas event, which became a tradition of the Welcome Center. You have the chance to spend an afternoon/evening in a German family and get involved in typical pre-Christmas activities like going to a Christmas market, baking traditional biscuits or even spending Christmas together At the moment you are invited to these activities: Parents take notice: There are German families who like to spend some time with your whole family! The only thing you have to do is to write a short e-mail to us, so we know if you’re a single […]

What’s a „Schwibbogen“?
Discover the history on our excursion!

Every year, during the Advent time, decorative candle-holders appear in people’s windows. The so called “Schwibbogen” (“flying buttress”) is a tradition that has its origin in the Ore Mountains and it wasn’t directly connected to Christmas at first. Initially, the Schwibbögen were made of metal and put onto the windowsill to guide the minders home during the darker seasons. Even today, although the mines are mostly used for touristic purposes now, the Schwibbögen can be seen in almost every window in the Ore Mountain region. The word “Schwibbogen” comes from “Schwebebogen” (“floating arch”) which describes an architectural element that looks […]

Event report: Hiking with Therése to Papststein

  Once again, in the beautiful autumn season, Therése guided us a hike to Papststein (451 m) in Saxon Switzerland, a table mountain located around four kilometers southeast of Königstein and about three kilometers south of Bad Schandau. A group of 15 international students started a challenging journey from Bad Schandau station crossed down marvelous scenery of traditional village and green field. Sometimes, we took a small break to look the map up just to make sure we were on the right track. The wandering continued with an exciting conversation among us. On the first spot, we stopped in the […]

Tips for the upcoming week
23 November – 29 November 2017

Thursday, 23 November: Detroit (Movie – German Premiere) In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the nearby Algiers Motel. Several policemen start to flout procedure by forcefully and viciously interrogating guests to get a confession. By the end of the night, three unarmed men are gunned down while several others are brutally beaten. From the Academy Award winning director of The […]

Tips for the upcoming week
16 November – 22 November 2017

Thursday, 16 November: The Big Sick (Movie – German Premiere) Kumail is a Pakistani comedian who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father. The movie is written and loosely based on the stories of Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanijani and stars Nanijani playing himself. At its premiere at the […]

Tips for the upcoming week
9 November – 15 November 2017

Thursday, 09 November: Jazz plus Suppe/Soup (Music and Foos) With the weather already a little cold and gray, you may be feeling a bit down; hopefully some jazz on Thursday evening can bring up your spirits and some warm soup can bring up your temperature! With Gabriel Rosenbach on the trumpet and Johanna Summer playing the piano, this duo plays Jazz-standards with electronic sounds mixed in. All along, the focus is on creativity and good communication between the musicians. Music begins at 8 p.m. but feel free to arrive earlier and enjoy some soup as well as drinks, served from […]

Go and watch it!

Once the last summer days have passed and the nights become longer – and the weather not as nice – it’s the perfect time to enjoy good movies. For us, a good movie should be entertaining, but it should also provide something to think about. Do you agree? Great, then we’d like to introduce you to the “MOVE IT! Filmfestival”. The festival The festival’s focus is what makes it so special: Since 2004, the latest national and international documentary and feature films relating to topics of human rights and development are shown. It was founded by Akifra e.V., an organization […]

Tips for the upcoming week
2 November – 8 November 2017

Thursday, 02 November: Meeting Dresden-Ústí-Litoměřice (Concert) Three cities, three bands, three concerts along one river. As a part annual Czech-German cultural exchange days (click here for the full program), in this traditional Elbe meeting you have the chance to experience the bands Idio&Idio from Ústi nad Labem playing alternative and punk-rock, Vasilův Rubáš with folk-punk as well as Dresden’s Die Ukrainiens. Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR.; How to get there: Ost-Pol, Königsbrücker Str. 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8, 13 “Bischofsweg” stop. More information: http://www.tdkt.eu/programm/index.php?tid=3662   Friday, 03 November: The Truth about Monte Verità (Dance/Film) Similarly to Hellerau Festival […]

Reformation Day

31 October: This day is a religious holiday celebrated by Protestants – usually alongside Halloween. It’s a holiday commemorating Martin Luther who – as it is widely believed – nailed 95 theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517. With these theses, he demanded the reformation of the church – and laid the ground stone for the Protestant religion. This year is the 500th anniversary Usually, this holiday is not celebrated annually by all German federal states. This year, in celebration of the 500th anniversary, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Hessen, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, […]