After getting warmed up with the Sächsisch Deutsch, as shown in Part I of the Quiz (click here to get to the page) Part II takes us to the state of Saxony itself. Having spent quite a few months there as well as having a few contacts from all over the state, I found that there is more to Saxony than meets the eye. If you ask someone who has yet to visit Germany (or even has passed through there once) the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Germany, 90% of the respondents would say Bavaria. Sure, Bavaria is home of the beer, the Oktoberfest and the sports club Bayern Munich. It would be considered the German version of Texas and would better off being on its own if the likes of Edmund Stoiber and Horst Seehofer had it their way. 😉
However, we have the German version of California in the state of Saxony- yes, that’s right, Saxony! 🙂
Saxony used to be part of the Kingdom of Saxony, which includes present-day Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony. Since 1990, it has become a free-state after having spent 40 years being part of East Germany and having been divided up into districts. With the population of 4.1 million inhabitants, Saxony is the birthplace of many products that we use everyday, both at home as well as on the road. Many personalities that have become famous and placed their names in the history books were either born in Saxony or have passed through leaving their mark. The Christmas market got its start in Saxony, most of the automobles we know started its business in Saxony because of its proximity to the mountains and its natural mineral resources. And most recently, many professional sports teams are climbing their way up the ladder in soccer, handball and even basketball!
Now that’s a lot right there about the state!
But what do we know about the state? This is where Part II of the quiz comes in. Dividing it up into general information, personalities and its infrastructure (which was difficult enough as is, by the way), this guide will give you a chance to test your knowledge and do some research about the state, especially if you wish to visit the region someday. As Saxony is the where many people made their inventions, especially for the household and for the highway, a part III will be devoted to the inventors.
But for now, let’s test our knowledge and get to know the Saxe, shall we? 🙂 Good luck!
Author’s Note: Only the first half of the quiz will be shown here. To see the entire quiz, you need to go to the Files’ wordpress page. Click here to access it.
What is the capital of Saxony?
Leipzig Meissen Zwickau Dresden Görlitz Wilkau-Hasslau
Which city in Saxony does NOT have an equivalent in the USA? Mark all that apply.
Dresden Zwickau Zittau Leipzig Meerane Waldenburg
Which city in Saxony does NOT have a sister city in the USA?
Glauchau Dresden Freiberg Leipzig Zwickau Riesa
Which rivers do NOT flow through Saxony?
Elbe Mulde Saale Neisse Danube
Which city does NOT have nearby lakes/reservoirs? Mark all that apply.
Leipzig Glauchau Plauen Meissen Reichenbach
Which city does NOT have a castle or palace?
Zwickau Dresden Leipzig Glauchau Markkleeberg Schneeberg
Which city in Saxony is located at the Polish-German border and is named in both languages?
Zittau Bautzen Oberlausitz Cottbus Görlitz Grimma
Which city is the hub of the porcellain industry- you can see their products at the pottery markets throughout all of Germany?
Meissen Riesa Hoyerswerda Werdau Crimmitschau Leipzig
T/F: The village of Amerika (near Penig) was created in 1839 and was based on the founder’s visit to the USA.
Germany has one of the oldest race tracks in the country, where race cars and motorcycles convene yearly to this city in Saxony……
a. Görlitz b. Hohenstein-Ernstthal c. Leipzig d. Hoyerswerda
Which of the two cities in Saxony were the site of the infamous beer war in 1731?
- Werdau and Crimmitschau
- Meerane and Glauchau
- Zwickau and Aue
- Leipzig and Halle
Mark the following cities that have a brewery with a check mark and circle the cities that have a liquour distillery.
Chemnitz Meerane Zwickau Leipzig Dresden Plauen Reichenbach Zittau
The Black Triangle, infamous for years of pollution and environmental destruction caused by strip mining, consists of three states meeting near which town in Saxony? Identify the three states and choose which city.
The three states: ______________, __________________, & ___________________
Hint: A beverage named after the region and this city, consisting of (10%) vodka, (40%) Vita Cola and (50%) Czech beer was created by the author in 2005.
Which cities are served by the ICE-train line? Which ones will be served by the InterCity line beginning in 2023?
Dresden Chemnitz Leipzig Glauchau Riesa Bad Schandau
T/F: The Leipzig-Dresden Railline, the first railroad line ever built, was completed in 1839
Mark the following cities that have a professional soccer team (1, 2 and 3rd leagues) with an X, a professional handball team (1st and 2nd leagues) with a check-mark, and check-mark the cities that have an American football team.
Aue Dresden Leipzig Meerane Zwickau Chemnitz Glauchau
T/F: FC Dynamo Dresden is the only team from Saxony that has defeated FC Bayern Munich in a soccer match.
How many soccer teams does Leipzig have, including the Red Bull Team?
Information about the Christmas markets in Saxony:
The oldest Christmas market known to man can be found in which city?
a. Dresden b. Leipzig c. Bautzen d. Nuremberg e. Glauchau
The origin of the Stollen (the German fruit cake with raisins and powdered sugar) originated from which city?
a. Plauen b. Naumburg (Saale) c. Dresden d. Rochlitz e. Flöha
The shortest Christmas market in Germany can be found in this city?
a. Glauchau b. Crimmitschau c. Werdau d. Meerane e. Aue
Which region in Saxony was the birthplace of the Schwipbogen (Christmas arch)?
a. Ore Mountains b. Vogtland c. Lausitz Region d. Black Triangle
T/F: Customary of a Christmas market in Saxony is the parade of miners in the villages Ore Mountains. If true, name at least one town that does host this.
T/F: Räuchermänner were common but rare decorations during the East German Communist era.
T/F: Pulsnitzer Kekse is a cake with a jelly filling that can be found at a Christmas market in Saxony.
Which Christmas market does NOT have a castle setting?
a. Wolkenburg b. Glauchau c. Zwickau d. Crimmitschau e. Waldenburg