The Ore Mountains, Germany
Photo: PHOTO: A Christmas market in the Ore Mountains (Photo by Scott Hartbeck)
The Ore Mountains are a rugged section of Germany near the border with the Czech Republic. The area was a mecca for mining, but when the mines started closing, the locals turned to wooden toymaking as a trade. That means that you will find Christmassy incense smokers, candle arches, wooden pyramids, nutcrackers and other traditional gifts at Christmas markets throughout the region today. To many, the Ore Mountains are the most Christmassy region in all of Germany.