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  • Hauptstr. 167
  • 01833 Stolpen
  • Germany

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RATAGS Holzdesign HEIPRO GmbH  is a manufacturer of authentic wooden handicrafts from the region of the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) in Germany and a certified member of the Association of Artisans and Toy Makers which has specialized in Christmas and Easter decoration. The brand RATAGS stands for inventive talent and high quality craftsmanship from the Ore Mountains and has become known far beyond the borders of Germany.

Founded in 1987 as a 2-men-enterprise RATAGS has become the market leader in ongoing product development and worldwide trends for handmade crafts from the Ore Mountains, employing now over 150 people. The intricate double and 3D light arches with indirect illumination have been invented by the company’s founder and CEO, Mrs. Gitta Heider.  Typical for so called double light arches is the placement of electric candles between two parallel arches, thus causing an effect of indirect illumination. The lights are skillfully hidden between trees, clouds, windows and other elements of the arches, thus not only creating wonderful light effects, but also allowing for the many small and lovely details captured in each arch to shine.

Mrs. Heider has received numerous awards for her creative talent. She was honored as entrepreneur of the year and was awarded the Oscar for medium-sized businesses in 2005. Today RATAGS is the largest manufacturer for decorative lighted arches, also named Schwib arch or candle arch, from the region of the Ore Mountains.

A love to detail combined with the highest quality standards make the essence of RATAGS. All RATAGS products are registered as utility models and ornamental designs, are protected by copyright and are labeled with the CE and GS mark. For proof of authenticity all items are either brand stamped at the bottom or marked with the sign of the horse rider from the Ore Mountains.

Whether Christmas or Easter decoration - all RATAGS items have been developed at the company's main site at Langenwolmsdorf/ Saxony, where they are manufactured in filigree handicraft. Upon request, special designs have been invented by Mrs. Heider for renowned companies like Käthe Wohlfahrt or the Hummel Manufaktur Rödental. 

RATAGS has furthermore specialized in the making of individualized corporate gifts for large companies like Radeberger Gruppe, ENSO Energie Sachsen Ost AG, Glatfelter, Sachsenforst and many others.

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Being a market leader for intricate handmade wooden light arches with indirect illumination in the tradition of the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge) RATAGS will feature prominent samples of its work to demonstrate the creativity of its artisans through the wide range of themes and filigree details captured in each article. You can select from wooden lighted arches featuring themes such as:

Nativity scenes


  • Traditional German crafts

  • Christmas

  • Winter

  • Village of Seiffen


Famous places and sites of Germany have been captured in the form of beautifully illuminated decorated arches true to the smallest detail to be used as unique room decoration and travel memory all year round.  Among others, the following sites of Germany have been captured:


  • Dome of Cologne

  • Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

  • Historic City of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

  • Munich's Brewery "Hofbräuhaus"

  • Skyline of Dresden

  • Castle of Neuschwanstein

  • City of Heidelberg


Illuminated Christmas trees are another form of popular Christmas decoration.

Among Christmas trees you can select between three different sizes and the following makings and motifs:


  • Fitted with tree ornaments (glass balls in different colors and sizes, wooden cones, stars)

  • Christian and Nativity scenes

  • Forest & Christmas

  • Covered with snow/ glittering frost

  • Brown-shaded

  • Grey-shaded


The range of articles handcrafted by RATAGS further includes Christmas pyramids, smokers, wooden home accessories, Xmas tree ornaments and beautiful items for Easter.



This double arch in the form of a fir with indirect lighting conveys a wonderful Christmas mood. The...

RATAGS Holzdesign HEIPRO GmbH Hauptstr. 167 01833 Stolpen Germany +49 35973 62490 contact@ratags.de


Light arch workshop

3-D candle arch with indirect lighting, handicraft from the Erzgebirge, handpainted gray, hoarfrost....

RATAGS Holzdesign HEIPRO GmbH Hauptstr. 167 01833 Stolpen Germany +49 35973 62490 contact@ratags.de

Exhibitors at the following trade fairs

Christmasworld 2018

26.01.2018 - 30.01.2018 Hall: 9.1 Stand: C 80

Ambiente 2018

09.02.2018 - 13.02.2018 Hall: 9.1 Stand: C 80