Celebrating Saxony’s culture: beer and Lusatian Sorbs (IG)
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.
I made all of the photos above on 24 April 2015. I’m grateful to Germany Tourism and Oberlausitz for supporting and providing the activities. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6Lu.
2 Responses to “Celebrating Saxony’s culture: beer and Lusatian Sorbs (IG)”
I actually do t remember how radeberger tastes like, there is just too much variety in Germany 🙂
In 2005 I’ve been in Görlitz once for a competition, sadly I didn’t see much of the city, only the swimming pool for an entire day
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Hi, Timo. I’m not a fan of Pilsner, but at a “Beer-Probe”, there’s nothing like watching fresh beer flowing from a tap, and the taste of a perfectly brewed beer, even if it’s a Pilsener. 😛 At Radeberger Brauerei, we tried a clear Pils and a cloudy Pils; the only time I like “cloudy” is with wheat beer. But seriously, one day, I have to accept a friend’s invitation to go into the Czech city of Plzen! 🙂 Görlitz is a great little town, and I still regret not walking onto the Altstadtbrücke to cross over into Poland for just a minute, but that wasn’t in our tour-group itinerary, unfortunately. Thanks for your comment!
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