Crystal Shopping in Neustadt an der Waldnaab, Bavaria

I read a travel book about Germany  that says something like this, “If you  have the chance to visit Germany, don’t miss to shop for ceramics, porcelains, handmade crafts and crystals”. No wonder there were a lot of people who went last Saturday  June  16, 2012  to the yearly crystal sale in Neustadt an der  Waldnaab. This municipality is located near Weiden, a German city which is also famous for its ceramics and porcelains.

We also drove to  Neustadt an der  Waldnaab for some crystal shopping. Another reason is to meet some old good friends. It was actually my first time to go there very early. We were at around  7:00 a.m. last Saturday and there were already a lot of people lining up to the factory outlet.  It was quite a chaos as I observed people  shopping around.

I enjoyed shopping around and happy to get what I want especially the crystal wine glasses and vases. I find the prices this year quite expensive than the previous years  I was there. But if  you compare the prices of the  ones in the malls or  stores in Germany, you can say that it is still very cheap.

I believed everyone had a great time shopping   for crystals this year  especially our American friends. Crystal sale usually takes every year, every third  Saturday of June.

Crystal wine glasses on sale during the yearly crystal sale on June 16, 2012 in Neustadt an der Waldnaab, Bavaria

Nachtmann or F. X. Nachtmann Bleikristallwerke GmbH (english: F. X. Nachtmann Lead Crystal Works Ltd.) was a fine glass maker, originally founded in 1834 by Michael Nachtmann in Unterhütte, Oberpfalz. In 1900 the company was taken over by Zacharias Frank who moved the headquarters to Neustadt an der Waldnaab.

After the war in 1945 Nachtmann rebuilt the partially destroyed production facilities and began with the production of lead crystal in Neustadt and Riedlhütte. In 1983 a third, highly modern lead crystal plant is founded in Weiden.

In 2004 the Nachtmann company was taken over by its rival, the Austrian crystal maker Riedel which now carries its name and brand. As of 2011 the website associated with its name is active and continues sale of fine glass under Riedel umbrella.   wikipedia.

 
 

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