The Herrnhuter Sterne GmbH is located in east Saxon Herrnhut, place of origin of the Moravian Church. Already more than 160 years ago, the stars have been made by hand. 31 years have passed from the first model sheet for the 1894 star to the patent application of the first solidly built, bodiless Herrnhut star with 25 points in 1952. Until today, the star has almost not changed its traditional appearance and until today, they are handmade.
On 365 days of the year it is possible to experience the manufacture of the Herrnhut stars and to be awed by a stellar splendour in all kinds of colours and sizes. At the work stations you can follow the development of a paper star from the beginning on. The habit to assemble the star together with the family and to put it up on the first advent has a long tradition and is closely connected with the history of the Moravian Church, a protestant Free Church. This tradition is still alive, it heralds the start of Christmas time.
In the explorer world they go small guests with the star children Emmi and Jonas on a journey of discovery through the world of Stars. Whether climbing, sliding and discovering or designing and manufacturing of individual Herrnhuter stars. There is something to experience here.
- Craft workshop for young and old
- Indoor playground over two floors
- Creating your own Herrnhut star
- Children birthday parties
- Full day offers for groups of children
- Open Day: 4 May 2019
- family friendly restaurant
Additional access information for wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility:
- All areas (visitor centre inclusive workshop, exhibition with film presentation, café) are easily accessible
- Public WC for wheelchair users: Door 93 cm, 195x200 cm in front of and 96 cm beside the WC
Nicolaus Zinzendorf, Imperial Count of Zinzendorf and Pottendorf, was court and justice councilor to Augustus the Strong from 1721 to 1732. On his estate of Berthelsdorf in what is now Saxon Upper Lusatia, Zinzendorf took in refugees who had fled from the violent Counter-Reformation in Bohemia and Moravia. With them he founded the Moravian Church, also known as the Unitas Fratrum. In 1731 Zinzendorf brought a West Indian slave to Herrnhut, which sparked the missionary work of the Moravians, who became the most successful Protestant missionaries. The children of the missionaries were placed in boarding schools, where a product originated for which the Moravians are today probably best known: the Moravian star.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, the illuminated Christmas stars with their distinctive spikes have been made by hand. In the demonstration workshop of Herrnhuter Sterne GmbH visitors can learn all about the history and production of this “Star of Bethlehem” which lights up Christmas in homes and churches around the world – and not just those of Protestants. This is in line with the Moravians, who, although committed to the Augsburg Confession, see themselves as a non-denominational Christian movement.