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ORE Mountain | Das Erzgebirge-Haus

Hidden away in a far corner of Ion Orchard lies a sanctuary for youthful hearts and childlike souls. A picturesque toyshop stands alone against the cosmopolitan development that is our reality today; it reminds us of Christmas markets and everything mesmerizing.

The quaint little shop first caught my attention when its warm lighting served as a welcoming distraction from the monochromatic structure that governs the rest of the building. Stepping into the shop was like being transported to an alternate universe, one adorned with rows of charming figurines and delightful musical boxes; a Christmas atmosphere of sorts lingering in the cool perfumed air.

Stemming from humble beginnings, Das Erzgebirge-Haus translates directly to “Ore Mountains” and originates from southeast Germany. It gained popularity during the 18th century, when the mountainous terrain was turned into one of the most significant regions for the mining of coal, iron and steel. Following the depletion of the aforementioned resources, locals had to turn to an alternate source of income, namely wood, carving and turning. This is where the story of Das Erzgebirge-Haus begins, in the heart of Europe, an exquisite outcome of the traditions and customs of the local townsfolk.

So what could a toy paradise have to offer, you might ask?

Well, think not of the price tag attached to each marvelous nutcracker and candleholder, or the reality of being in a shop and expectations placed upon you as a customer. Through this door, time stops, and facts like these are inconsequential.

Think instead, of the spellbinding story behind each creation. Remember the feelings of warmth extending through your body as you reminisce Christmases past and the pleasures shared with your loved ones.

Das Erzgebirge-Haus, in all its wonder, does not sell just toys. Instead, it sells a story of origin, a memory even, of the beauty of being young, free and alive. It is truly a compelling fairytale, and one that is unique to each and every visitor.

Ore mountains can be found at Ion Orchard, #04-20, 2 Orchard Turn, S238801

Note: Das Erzgebirge-Haus is known for its three most celebrated creations, the smoker, nutcracker, and pyramid. Be sure to check them out when you visit.

-Samantha Quek

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