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.
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.