Salt from a 19th-century saline in Halle (Saale)

Salt produced in a 19th-century saline in Halle (Saale)

Halle’s early history relates to harvesting of salt. The names of the city Halle as well as the river Saale origin from old expressions related to salt. An appropriate souvenir from Halle (Saale) could be a portion of salt, produced with technologies of the 19th century in the Hallors and Saline Museum (Halloren- und Salinenmuseum).

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Snow globes in Mariazell, Austria

Snow globes, a typical souvenir of Mariazell, Austria

A typical souvenir of Mariazell is a snow globe featuring a miniature of the basilica. More than 100 years ago a producer of surgical instruments in Vienna named Erwin Perzy tried to develop an extra bright lightsource for use as a surgical lamp. As a side effect he figured out a new method to produce snow globes and actually the first piece used in these globes was a model of the basilica.

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Christmas pickle from Lauscha, Germany

Christmas pickle from Lauscha, Germany

At a glassworks in Lauscha, generally known as Farbglashütte Lauscha – ELIAS Glashütte, I joined a workshop about how to decorate a Christmas tree. To my surprise I learned about a US traditon to hide a green Christmas pickle in the tree. This tradition is pretty unknown in Germany but the glassworks sell a lot of these pickles to the States.

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