Altenberg Things to Do

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    Sleigh ride

    by german_eagle Written Feb 9, 2014

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    "Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh ..."

    Exactly. In Altenberg and the surroundings you have many options for taking these sleigh rides - or carriage rides in summer (or in winter if there's not enough snow). Here are some addresses, reservations in advance highly recommended:

    Rene Liebscher, Zinnwald, www.pferdeschlitten-osterzgebirge.de
    Between Hotel Lugsteinhof, Zinnwald, Sanatorium Raupennest and Cafe Buntes Häusel, Altenberg
    Also on short notice, just show up at these places, maybe you luck out.

    Claudia Fischer, Altenberg, www.pferdeschlitten-altenberg.jimdo.com
    between Altenberg and Zinnwald (from 25 Euro for a half hour, 45 Euro for one hour)

    Hallfahrt's Pferdetaxi, Rehefeld, www.meierbaude-pferdetaxi.de
    around Rehefeld (from 20 Euro for one hour)

    Reiterhof Lauenstein, Lauenstein, www.reiterhof-lauenstein.de
    around Oberbärenburg, in summer also around Lauenstein

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    Mining museum

    by german_eagle Updated Feb 9, 2014
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    Altenberg's existence is based upon mining, so the town *must* have a mining museum. It gives an excellent overview of 550 years of mining in the area, starting in 1440 and ending only in 1991. Rumour is that soon, with increasing prices for tin etc. on the markets, mining might see a revival.

    The main building of the museum is from the 16th century, first mentioned in a document is a 'tin washery' here in 1577. The stamp mill, mentioned by Georgius Agricola in his famous book "De re metallica" in 1576, is originally preserved and the main attraction. In 1951 the tin washery was closed and the building was turned into a museum, opened in 1957.

    You can see the procedure of tin ore dressing on the original historic machines in work, in addition you can join a guided tour of the mining gallery next door "Neubeschert-Glück-Stollen" which was in operation 1802 - 1849, you can see walk around on the grounds of the museum area for free and see the machines on display (mining locomotives, carriages, other machines), and you can finally join a guided tour of the "Pinge", the huge collapse shaft - very impressive (in summer only).

    Open Fri - Wed 10 - 16 h, last guided tour of the mining gallery at 15:30 h
    Pinge guided tours Wed 13:30 May through Oct, start at the square in front of the train station.

    For prices see their website, roughly 2.50 Euro for the museum, 6 Euro for museum plus guided tour of the mining gallery, 4 Euro for guided Pinge tour (in 2014).

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    Lauenstein

    by german_eagle Updated Feb 8, 2014

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    A small town not to miss, only 6 km from Altenberg down the Müglitz valley, is Lauenstein. It has one of the most interesting Renaissance castles (museum) in Saxony and relics of a medieval castle.

    There are many excellent works of art to see like the two magnificent gates, Renaissance gables, sculptures, the Turkish hall with marvellous stucco works, the Bird's hall with frescos of birds and beautiful vaulted ceiling and so on. Don't miss the two nice small gardens. The castle is also home of an interesting regional museum with exhibits on nature, culture, hunting and pictures of local painters.

    Another highlight on the castle grounds is the falconry show Tue-Sun 3 pm.

    Worth your time is also the small parish church of Lauenstein with amazing works of art inside - the Renaissance altar and the epitaph for the Bünau family, both made of sandstone, are masterpieces of sculptors from nearby Pirna.

    To get to Lauenstein either drive, take the train or walk (via Geising). Anything is fine - if you have the time, walking is best (2 hours one way.)

    Please see my Lauenstein page for more information:

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    Parish church Schellerhau

    by german_eagle Updated Mar 17, 2013

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    Probably the most beautiful Baroque church in the area is the small church in Schellerhau. It is an excellent example for the rural Saxon Baroque style as it is to find in other small villages all over Saxony (very similar is Reinhardtsdorf near Bad Schandau).

    Originally built in Renaissance style 1591 - 93 it was redesigned in early Baroque style end of the 17th century. Very impressive and beautiful are the paintings on the ceiling and the balconies depicting scenes from the Old and New Testament.

    The magnificent altar is the other highlight in the church - with a painting depicting the Last Supper and another depicting the crucifixion, works by Christian Männigen from 1681.

    Usually open during the day.

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    Geising

    by german_eagle Written Mar 23, 2006

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    Geising is a cute very small town some km east of Altenberg. It is located on the rail line (Dresden-) Heidenau - Altenberg and thus easily to access.

    Like most of the towns in the area Geising was founded as a mining town in the 15th century. The structure of the town has not changed much since 1526 - many houses are originally preserved since that time. However, don't expect most magnificent buildings - the town and the people have never been rich in the area. You will some interesting and nice timber-framed houses and also houses of stone with beautiful sandstone portals. Probably the most beautiful town house is the so called "Saitenmacherhaus", built in 1608 with vaulted ceilings, carved wooden ceilings and frescos inside. You can go in and see yourself since there is a flower shop inside.

    The nice town hall was built 1908 in a very similar style to the older town houses. Nowadays it is home for the tourist office too.

    Not to miss is the church. It was rebuilt 1689 - 94, including older parts from around 1500. Very impressive is the main altar from 1750 with several paintings (Last Supper, crucifixion, evangelists Lucas and John), spiral columns etc. Next to the main altar you see the central part of a medieval woodcarved altar from 1510 (Freiberg school). The organ is another gem, a work of Johann Daniel Ranfft, 1755 - 57.

    The town is well known for its carnival and the ice - skating/hockey outdoor + indoor hall.

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