Seiffens Toy Museum & Open Air Museum
Seiffen keeps a feeling for the old woodworking traditions alive today without denying the past or avoiding the new and modern. The typical wooden toys of the area and the festive Christmas decorations are still masterfully made by over a hundred independent handworker families and in middle-sized factories. The Erzgebirge Toy Museum of Seiffen is a modern museum offering a variety of teaching materials, including a museum guide, various pamphlets, special exhibits, a video introduction, special tours for children, and provisions for the handicapped. In the Erzgebirge Open Air Museum, you find the homes, workshops, and communal buildings of a Streusiedlung (a scattered settlement ) dominated by the toymaker and other craftspeople associated with woodworking. The starting point for the founding of the museum was a water powered wood turning workshop, the last of the village's eighteen water powered workshops still in its original form.