After trying out the quiz and testing your knowledge about the German state of Saxony, here are the answers to the Guessing Quiz. Due to the length of the quiz, I decided to split the answers into general terms and those of the bridges in Saxony. To find out the results of the bridge portion of the quiz, go to the sister column The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles by clicking here. Otherwise, here are the results of the quiz about Saxony. Are you ready for the answers? 🙂
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
Waldenburg can be found in Michigan and Arkansas
Dresden can be found in Ohio, Maine, New York, Missouri and Tennessee
Leipzig can be found in North Dakota under New Leipzig
Zittau can be found in Wisconsin
Which city in Saxony does NOT have a sister city in the USA?
Glauchau Dresden Freiberg Leipzig Zwickau Riesa
Glauchau’s sister city is Lynchburg (Virginia)
Columbus (Ohio) is Dresden‘s sister city
Leipzig is twinned with Houston (Texas)
Riesa’s sister is located in Sandy (Utah)
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
Plauen is located between two reservoirs, Pöhl and Pirk. The Pöhl is between Plauen and Reichenbach yet it is closer to the former. Leipzig has the most number of lakes in Saxony, with as many as 35 lakes covering over 90 squared kilometers of metropolitan area including Altenburg (Thuringia) and Halle (Saale).
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.
False. There was no known reason behind the founding of Amerika except for the fact that the word also meant for over the pond. The town was centered around a factory created in 1839 bearing the name. Ironically, the town was the filming location for a 1995 movie but the name Amerika was never used there.
Saxony has one of the oldest race tracks in the country, where race cars and motorcycles convene yearly to this city……
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 The page on the history of the brewery conflict can be found here.
- 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
Breweries can be found in Chemnitz, Leipzig, Dresden, Plauen, Zwickau and Zittau, whereas distilleries can be found in Meerane, Leipzig, Dresden and even in Aue (Saxony)
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: Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic
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
Dresden and Leipzig are served by the ICE lines connecting them with Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin/Hamburg. Chemnitz used to be served by the ICE line from 2000 to 2002. Yet together with Glauchau, it will be connected to the MDV route connecting Dresden with Cologne via Jena and Erfurt beginning in 2023.
T/F: The Leipzig-Dresden Railline, the first railroad line ever built, was completed in 1839
False. It was the third line constructed behind the Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and Dusseldorf-Ekrath lines, both were open in 1838. Note, these are steampower-driven rail lines here.
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
Soccer: RB Leipzig (1st), Dynamo Dresden, Erzgebirge Aue (2nd) and FSV Zwickau (3rd) FC Chemnitz was in the 3rd league until its forced demotion due to bankruptcy in 2018. It plays in the 4th league.
Handball: SC Leipzig (men- 1st) HC Leipzig (women) used to play in the 1st league until its forced demotion due to bankruptcy in 2017. After playing for one season in the 3rd League, it has played in the 3rd league since 2018.
American Football: Dresden Monarchs, Chemnitz Crusaders
T/F: FC Dynamo Dresden is the only team from Saxony that has defeated FC Bayern Munich in a soccer match.
False. In 1973, Dresden and Munich played in the European Cup, making it the first East-West German soccer match in history. The team lost 8-7 in two games (4:3 and 3:3)
How many soccer teams does Leipzig have, including the Red Bull Team?
23 teams including the women’s teams and RB Leipzig. Also included: Inter-Leipzig, Chemie Leipzig and Locomotive Leipzig
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
King Wenzel created the Bautzen market in the winter of 1384, thus making it the oldest known Christmas market in Germany.
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
For only three hours on one Sunday in the Advent period, this Christmas market with a concert and all takes place in this small community.
Which region in Saxony was the birthplace of the Schwibbogen (Christmas arch)?
a. Ore Mountains b. Vogtland c. Lausitz Region d. Black Triangle
In fact, the first known Schwibbogen was discovered in Johanngeorgenstadt in 1740. Others were discovered in Schwarzenberg in the 1800s. Hohndorf holds the Schwibbogen festival during the second Advent every year.
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.
True. One can find the miners parades in Annaberg-Buchholz and Schneeberg as the most popular places every Christmas but also in smaller towns in the mountains.
T/F: Räuchermänner were common but rare decorations during the East German Communist era.
True. Many of these incense people were handmade and exported to countries outside East Germany, although some tried successfully to smuggle them home to be given as Christmas gifts.
T/F: Pulsnitzer Kekse is a cake with a jelly filling that can be found at a Christmas market in Saxony.
True. In fact, a Christmas market in Saxony is not complete without this specialty that was found in the village near Dresden.
Which Christmas market does NOT have a castle setting?
a. Wolkenburg b. Glauchau c. Zwickau d. Crimmitschau e. Waldenburg f. Torgau
Who is the disco-king in this picture? Have a look in the activities below. 😉
Information on the Personalities from Saxony:
Look at the quasi-autobiography of these personalities of Saxony and guess who they are. The first and last letters of the names are given. Some research is required. Good luck! 🙂
- I was born in Chemnitz, which was known at that time as Karl Marx Stadt, and started ice skating at the age of six. I won several gold medals in the Olympics and the world championship in figure skating, while pursuing a side dish career in acting and sports commentator. I was not only the face of East Germany before the Fall of the Wall in 1989 but also one of the best models of all time. Who am I?
- I was born in Dresden to a family of actors and became one myself. I also love writing and conducting musical pieces and playing golf. While I used to be one of the most outspoken opponents of Communism during the 1989 revolution, I settled down and became the well-known, politically correct, sometimes stuck-up and arrogant professor of forensic medicine in a well-known but very popular “Krimi-series” playing opposite a St. Pauli junkie of a police officer. Who am I?
Jan-Josef Liefers- and yes that was me doing the disco, which I find still mega-embarassing. 😉
- I was born in Leipzig but grew up in Potsdam. I started acting in 1982 and have continued this career ever since. I star in many krimi-series including a Tatort series, where the setting is my hometown of Leipzig, and I play the hot, saucy investigator who eventually dies in the arms of my detective partner in the very last episode played in 2015. Who am I?
- I was born in Hohenstein-Ernstthal in 1842. While I later became a teacher in Saxony, I started a life of crime which resulted in me losing my teaching license and being jailed many times. During my time in a prison in Zwickau, I became a librarian and was interested in reading books. It was then when I started writing, having produced several works focusing on the American Wild West, many of which had the character Winnetou in it. I continued writing until I died in 1912 and am buried in a tomb in Radebeul (near Dresden). Who am I?
5. I was born in Görlitz in 1976 to a father who was a soccer player and a mother who was a swimmer. I followed my father’s footsteps and started playing soccer at the age of seven, having played for Chemnitz and Kaiserslautern before making my breakthrough with the soccer team Bayer Leverkusen in 2000. There, my aggressive play brought forth many championships with Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and even Chelsea in England. I even became the captain of the German national soccer team before retiring in 2012. Who am I?
- I was born in 1873 in Dresden. Even though I was a housewife, I became famous for inventing and patenting the modern coffee filter in 1908. Six years later, I founded the coffee company which still exists today, producing coffee and filters for the coffee machine. I relocated the firm to Minden (Hesse), where I lived to be 77 years old. Who am I?
- I was born in a small village in Saxony in 1937, but I became famous for becoming the first German astronaut to fly in space in 1978. After working for the Potsdam Institute for Physics, I later worked for the Russian Institute for Space Education and later for the European Space Agency. I was a household name in East Germany as well as in films. Who am I?
Sigmund Jähn- I was born in Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz and a museum dedicated to my work is there to visit today.
* Mr. Jähn died in 2019 at the age of 82. Details of his life can be found here.
- I was born in Dresden and learned the trade as a massage therapist and remedial gymnastics teacher. I hated corsets and many of my female clients always had problems with their posture and their sensitive areas. Henceforth, I learned another trade as a seamstress and invented the modern Busenhalter (BH), which is bra in English, in 1899. Because of its simplistic design for these sensitive areas and its sexy appeal, it has since been revolutionized and one can find them in different shapes, sizes and forms, including sports bras and bikinis. Because I was the one who made the bra in Saxony, who am I?
Which of these statements are true or false?
T/F: Richard Wagner, composer and founder of the annual Bayreuth Festspiel which takes place in July, originated from Saxony.
True. Wagner was born in 1813 in Leipzig.
T/F: Robert and Clara Schumann, a husband-wife piano duo of the 19th Century, were both born in Zwickau, but married in Leipzig.
Only Robert was born in Zwickau, yet they married in Leipzig.
T/F: Frederike Caroline Neubert, born in Reichenbach, was one of the first female pioneers in acting, having done stage performances in the 1600s.
False. Although she was born in Reichenbach, she was famous on stage a century later.
T/F: The Semper Opera House in Dresden is named after the world renowned composer, Gottfried Semper.
True. He even built the building, completing it in 1841.
T/F: The Princes is a rockmusic band that was created last year in honor and memory of Prince.
False for three reasons: 1. The name Die Prinzen was carried over into English because of the English name existing for a band from Estonia. 2. The band, originating from Leipzig, specializes in a capella music and 3. The band was created in 1987, 29 years before Prince’s passing in Minneapolis. Sorry, no purple rain here.
T/F: Catherine of Bora, who married Martin Luther, originally came from Glauchau.
False. While Glauchau is predominantly religious, Catharine of Bora was from Leipzig.