In the Upper Vogtland, in the “Musikwinkel” – Germany’s music region. Musical instruments have been manufactured for more than 350 years in the southern region of the Free State of Saxony, close to the Bavarian and the Czech border.
Around 1900, the Vogtland was considered to be a major musical supplier capable of outfitting entire orchestras and music choirs. Today, prestigious town houses and the mansions of the publishers bear witness of this economically brilliant time. The region’s prosperity was established by hundreds of craftsmen throughout the entire region at that time who not only built instruments, but also all related components and accessories.
The handicraft has been preserved, and there are larger manufacturers where the products are still handmade and manual skills are employed, so that they can justly be referred to as instrument makers. The more than 100 professional workshops and medium-sized businesses are happy to open their doors to trade visitors, inviting them into the cradle of the musical instrument industry and giving them insight into their resounding handicraft.
Come and visit a region in which the heart of Germany’s musical instrument making industry has been beating for centuries! Visit the birthplace of your musical instrument and find out more about our longstanding traditional and sonorous handicraft, which can still be heard today.
Recommendation: Visit the three exhibition workshops and observe the craftsmen at work. Asking questions, touching and trying out are encouraged.