As part of the pre-conference tour for the GTM15 (Germany Travel Mart), I am exploring culture and traditions in the German state of Saxony. I wrote previously about exploring the bright side of Dresden, celebrating Saxony’s traditions (in milk, wine, and porcelain), and the following is about culture with beer and the Sorbian minority.
The people in Radeberg are right to be proud of their Brauerei (brewery). Even though my beer preference leans away from “pils”, the Radebeger Pilsener is smooth, a little bitter, but wholly refreshing, best served at a temperature between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius.
The Sorbian people have lived in this land called Lausitz (or Lusatia) for centuries, with people in this part of eastern Saxony, over to the east in Poland’s Silesia, and to the south in the Czech Republic’s Bohemia. Here in Görlitz, this crossing means a lot more than the Schengen agreement for people to move freely across borders without patrols or checks.
We’re having dinner in Oberlausitz (Upper Lusatia) and in the town of Bischofswerda, we are also graced by the presence of the Sorbian National Ensemble with their music, song, and dance. As a Slavic language, Sorbian is recognized as an official language for the eponymous minority in eastern Germany.