The municipality’s concern about health risks was probably the reason why the long-term plans by Xaver Lindner and Eduard Haberländer (until 1912 authorized officer of a porcelain factory in Krummennaab) were not implemented until 1913.
After Eschenbach Porcelain’s product range had been limited to simple ware for every day, due to lack of demand during the First World War, the business thrived after 1918 until unexpected market problems in 1929 forced the owners to sell. The company was carried on as a branch of Oscar Schaller Werke & Co, passed over after 1990 to Thuringian Triptis group and finally stopped production in 2005.
PLACES TO VISIT
Memories of the regional porcelain history are kept at Waldnaabtal Museum at Neuhaus Castle. Handicraft workshops giving much attention to details are offered there and testimonies of life in former times are shown. You can take a closer look at historic photos of regional porcelain factories, designs, drawings, publicity material and tools.
After the museum visit, the Zoiglstuben, inns of regional identity, will wait for you in Neuhaus with products from the beer brewing inhabitants and local snacks. Dates and locations can be seen on the internet (Zoigl calendar).
The bourgeois families’ habits can be explored at Stützelvilla. The family site of the sheet and plate glass factory owners Winkler and Stützel, set up in 1880, is today used as a meeting house for young people offering experience-based educational offers.
Or enjoy the world’s deepest hole. In 1987, Windischeschenbach was chosen as location for the Continental Bore-Hole. After this was completed in 1994 at a depth of 9,101 m, a Geo Centre giving insights in the fascinating earth science phenomena and coherences on planet earth, was established.
MONTE KAOLINO – LEISURE PARK AND KAOLIN FIELD GEOPARK IN HIRSCHAU-SCHNAITTENBACH
In Germany’s biggest kaolin area you will find Monte Kaolino, which results from the storage of waste quartz sand from kaolin preparation at Amberg Kaolin Works. Explanation: When kaolin is extracted, of which 50 % is needed for porcelain production, it is separated from a mixture of sand and clay. While part of the remaining sand is taken for the glass and construction industry, a big part goes to waste and is deposited, like in Hirschau, as kaolinite quartz sand. Even as early as in 1957, the mountain’s uniqueness was used for summer ski events. Since then, the area has developed into an Eldorado for leisure fun. Offers include a dune open-air swimming pool, a sand sporting complex, a forest high rope course and a summer toboggan run.
♥ Weddings at Neuhaus Castle
Adventure trip through the GEO centre’s area with Geolie
Windischeschenbach as starting point or interim stage of hiking trail Goldsteig
Kienspan & Kunsthandwerk – Advent arts and crafts market im Schafferhof (1st weekend in Advent)