Dresden shop offers Elbe sandstone dildos

Dresden has long been known as centre for quality handicrafts, but an erotic shop is taking a new twist on the tradition by offering dildos formed from local Elbe River sandstone.

Dresden shop offers Elbe sandstone dildos
Dina Stiebing shows off RelaxSTONE dildos in her new shop. Photo: Sabine Devins

The collection of sexy unmentionables in Dina Stiebing’s window display garners ample attention from people passing by her store, but its the stone dildos that have been turning heads most recently.

After travelling the world for six years as a pole dancer, Stiebing returned to Dresden to open “Fem2Glam” with the aim of bringing international style to the city’s erotic performers.

“Nothing compares to home, sweet home,” the 31-year-old told The Local this weekend.

Her rooted philosophy extends to her Prager Straße store’s most provocative item, the “RelaxSTONE” dildos, made of sandstone native only to the Dresden area.


“I grew up climbing all over boulder formations of Elbe sandstone near what they call the ‘Gateway to Saxon Switzerland,’” she said, referring to the nearby mountainous national park that is popular with rock climbers.

“These items are a special piece of the region.”

Stiebing’s cousin, a stonemason, told her about the designer dildos which RelaxSTONE manufacturer Jan Lorenz began making and selling online last year, and she was determined to become Dresden’s first retail seller.

The idea to create stone dildos came from a job commissioned by a friend to create a replica of a phallic crag called Felsen Barbarine in Saxon Switzerland, where 30-year-old master stone mason Lorenz told The Local he also enjoys climbing. A bit of research by the Wehlen-based craftsman revealed that stone had historically been used to construct sex toys, but had no significant presence on the modern market.

He chose Elbe sandstone out of what he called “local pride,” describing how architects in the region have used it for hundreds of years.

“The stone has a warm, sunny colour that’s simply beautiful, and all the pieces are one-of-a-kind,” he said.

Lorenz now awaits patent approval for his dildos, which are coated with a smooth, waterproof, dishwasher-safe glaze, and sell for between €85 and €120.

While all but the most adventurous would be loath to associate the words “sand” and “stone” with sex toys, Lorenz told The Local there’s nothing to fear.

“When people first hear about it they are a bit afraid that it will be too heavy, too hard or too cold. But when they hold it in their hands they see it’s not heavy at all, and takes on their body heat,” he said.

Store owner Stiebing said many customers have been particularly impressed by the dildos’ thermal properties, while others are anxiously awaiting the release of RelaxSTONE’s vibrators, made from the same sandstone material.

The latter are still in the testing phase, but Lorenz said he is already planning to further expand the product line, which already includes massage tools and other sex toys.

This week he awaits a truckload of colourful stone from around the world, which could mean that anyone can have a souvenir dildo made from their regional rock of choice.

“We want blue, green, yellow, gold flecks, or whatever people fancy,” he said.

It’s not the first time Germans has turned to natural materials to make sex toys. A whole family from the Odenwald forest made headlines in 2008 for their “Waldmichlsholdi” handmade spruce wood dildos.

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Saxony’s Covid rules get mixed reaction from the vaccine hesitant

The eastern German state of Saxony may have ordered tough restrictions on the unvaccinated to push them to get the Covid-19 jab, but shop assistant Sabine Lonnatzsch, 59, is unmoved.

People queue at a vaccination centre in Radeberg, eastern Germany, to get a Covid vaccination without an appointment, on November 8th.
People queue at a vaccination centre in Radeberg, eastern Germany, to get a Covid vaccination without an appointment, on November 8th. Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP

The new rules are “discriminatory” because they are “pushing the unvaccinated further into a corner,” she says. 

Lonnatzsch won’t change her mind about getting inoculated – she just won’t go to restaurants or events anymore.

“I’ve had corona cases in my family and in my eyes it is nothing more than a bad flu,” she says.

With Covid-19 infections rocketing in Germany, Saxony this week became the first to largely exclude unvaccinated people from indoor dining, cinemas and bars.

READ ALSO: Germany divided over Covid restrictions for the unvaccinated 

The new rules, likely to be emulated by other states in the coming weeks, are designed not only to reduce the spread of Covid-19 but also to encourage more people to get inoculated.

But Lonnatzsch is not the only one resisting the jab in the town of Radeberg in Bautzen district, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country at just 45.7 percent.

The clothing store No 1 Mode where she works has a sign in the window that lets customers know that all are welcome – regardless of vaccination status.

‘Bad for business’

Across the town square, the co-owner of Cafe Roethig also has no plans to get the vaccine. Like many people in the region, Carola Roethig, 58, is “not convinced” by the jab because “it was developed in such a short space of time”.

The district of Bautzen has one of the highest incidence rates in the country at 645.3 cases per 100,000 people, but Roethig is not worried about catching the virus.

People queue at a vaccination centre in Radeberg, Saxony.
People queue at a vaccination centre in Radeberg, Saxony. Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP

The new rules are “definitely bad for business,” she says at the cafe’s bakery counter, which is lined with untouched fresh cakes, tarts and iced donuts.

“Many of our customers are not vaccinated, so we are losing income, because fewer people are coming in,” she says.


The rules are also bad for her personal life.

“I’m not allowed to go to a restaurant in the evening and have a nice dinner with my husband. I don’t think it is right,” says Roethig.

Outside the cafe, 40-year-old Susan feels the same.

“Nothing would convince me” to get the jab, she says, without giving her last name.

“I see no sense in it because (vaccinated people) can still get the disease and infect others.”

Vaccine push

The new rules come as new infections surge in Germany, with the national incidence rate reaching 213.7 cases per 100,000 people over the past seven
days on Tuesday – a record since the pandemic began.

The political parties looking to form a coalition government after September’s election have so far ruled out compulsory vaccinations and general
lockdowns to tackle the surge.

But with just 67 percent of the population fully jabbed, ministers say encouraging more people to get vaccinated is key to bringing the numbers down.

Outside Radeberg town hall, a modest queue of people formed for a vaccination event organised to encourage more people to get the jab.

Kitchen assistant Mirmirza Kabirzada, 36, had previously hesitated because “I heard that many people died in Norway and others got a fever, so I was a little bit afraid”.

But with the numbers rising so dramatically, “now I realised this is very important,” he says.

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine has been linked to very rare and potentially fatal blood clots, but experts agree that the benefits far outweigh the risks.

Intensive care nurse Nicole Wieberneit, 39, is waiting in line to get her booster.

She is optimistic that the new rules will encourage more people to get vaccinated.

“When it becomes about the freedom to travel, to go out to eat, I think more people will come forward. Freedom is very important to people in Saxony,” she says.