Altenberg Off The Beaten Path

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    Waldidylle

    by german_eagle Written Feb 9, 2014

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    The name "Waldidylle" means "idyll in the forest" - and that hits the nail on the head. In 1900 a guy with name Klotz founded Waldidylle as a vacation resort, right in the middle of a vast forest. A few single-family homes were built, more and more in the 1920s and 1930s in typical "Heimatstil" - rather simple architecture, often with massive sandstone ground floor, upper floor with wooden facades, gabled roofs. See pictures!

    The houses are still on relatively large grounds, tucked away in the forest, often owned by well-off families from Dresden or even farther away. Hardly 200 people live in Waldidylle all year round. Of the three former restaurants/hotels only one is still in business, sadly: Cafe Zugspitze. It is most famous for the singing host, the food is just fine.

    I visit a couple of times every year, enjoy walking along the small alleys and watching the cute houses. They are not spectacular architecture, but the details are nice, the gardens are beautiful, and the atmosphere is quaint, peaceful and the air is fresh in the woods.

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    Oberbärenburg: Cemetery

    by german_eagle Written Feb 9, 2014

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    When visiting the ev.-Lutheran chapel in Oberbärenburg, do not miss the small cemetery in the woods behind the chapel.

    I was surprised to see mostly wooden crosses instead of - in Saxony common - gravestones here. Also, there are 17 graves of German WWII soldiers on this cemetery. You recognise them by the steel helmets on the wooden crosses (see pictures). Most of these soldiers died of their injuries in the hospitals, into which the hotels in Oberbärenburg were turned during the war. Thus some dates of passing are after 8 May 1945. Four of the soldiers, however, were shot on 14 May by Soviet soldiers in nearby Waldbärenburg.

    In another communal grave (pic 5) are six former concentration camp prisoners buried who died on a death march going through the area.

    The people of the ev.-Lutheran parish took good care of the graves during the communist era, despite the hostility from the authorities. Bravo!

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    Oberbärenburg: ev.-Luth. chapel

    by german_eagle Written Feb 9, 2014

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    About five or six km north of Altenberg proper is the quaint village Oberbärenburg. It has a cute little chapel, built 1913 by Lossow & Kühne, the architects of the famous Leipzig train station. It has a very cosy, intimate atmosphere and is very popular for weddings. The interior is originally preserved, except that the walls are now all white (done in the 1950s).

    The pulpit is decorated with parables from the bible (e.g. Parable of the Tares, Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard). The nice stained-glass windows were donated by local families, their family crests are in each respective window. The organ is a very good work of of organ-builder Schuster from Zittau, created in 1978.

    The chapel is always open during the day. Location is right on the sleepy "main" street.

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    Frauenstein

    by german_eagle Updated Feb 8, 2014

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    A nice (half?) day trip from Altenberg is the small Frauenstein, located about 20 km in western direction (via Rehefeld - Hermsdorf), public transportation (bus) available, but not very frequent. The market square is nice - surrounded by townhouses of the 19th century, with the ev.-Lutheran church (built 1871-73) in the centre. A fire in 1869 has not left much of older architecture.

    There are still some other things to see: The impressive ruins of a castle, the so called "Neues Schloss", built in the 16th century and nowadays used for offices, meetings, apartments. On the ground floor there is a small museum on the most famous citizen of Frauenstein: Gottfried Silbermann, the Baroque organ builder, who was born in nearby Kleinbobritzsch (house where he was born preserved).

    See the distance column on market square as well, stroll along the side alleys, watch everyday life and maybe have a coffee and a piece of pastry in a cafe/bakery.

    Fore more information, please visit my page on Frauenstein here:

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    Bärenstein

    by german_eagle Written Oct 22, 2010

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    Another quaint town is Bärenstein - located on a hill above the Müglitz valley at an elevation of about 500 m. It was first mentioned in 1294, the castle of the same name a little late in 1324. Unfortunately the castle is privately owned and not open to the public, but it is still an impressive sight, dominating the valley.

    You might have more luck seeing the interior of the church. It was reconstructed in Baroque style 1738-40 using the structures from 1495 (especially choir). The patronage box from 1741 is very nice. The beautiful organ, font and pulpit date back to the reconstruction, the altar is younger (end 19th century) but fits well.

    Look around the market square with distance column, town hall from 1604 and the townhouses built in the 18th and early 19th century.

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