The Miners Nativity of Annaberg transfers the Christmas scene to Annaberg. Joseph is a miner in work clothes, holding out his lamp while his young wife is nourishing the baby. The news is spreading through the town and everyone is coming. The figures assembling around the Holy Family are townspeople of Annaberg. There are the other miners, there...more
The technical monument is located in the suburb of Frohnau. The hammer works date from the 17th century and have been in operation until 1904. Water power is used to drive the large heavy hammers. The blacksmiths of the hammer produced iron tools and devices for mining and farming, and also for military purposes.The machinery consists of a water...more
Buchholzer Straße is Annaberg's pedestrian zone and shopping street. It tries to bring some urban flair into the town but don't expect too much, Annaberg is a small town. Most shops close at 6 p.m. The icecream place stays open in the evening, and on the oppsite side there is the cinema. For tourists, the most important building in the street is...more
"Manufacture of Dreams" - a silly name for a stunning museum of regional folk art and toys. The museum has opened to the public one year ago, in October 2010. It is based on the private collection of Erika Pohl-Ströher, member of a very rich Swiss family of industrials (yes the same whose collection of minerals is shown in Terra Mineralia in...more
At the foot of Pöhlberg there is a park with a small zoo with wild and domestic animals from Central Europe (nothing exotic). The cages and enclosures are immersed in forest surroundings. Apart from the fence animals like stags and deer live in their natural habitat. On the way up to Pöhlberg you will pass here. Entry is free, so a walk through the...more
According to Saxon criteria this isn't "hiking" but "going for a walk" but... okay.The forests of Pöhlberg offer a varieties of routes and trails for hiking respective walking. The easiest way up is the road but there is a network of trails through the forests, up and around the mountain, and all this within walking distance from the city centre....more
The hotel and restaurant occupies the building at the foot of Pöhlberg viewing tower. It was a fine day so we chose to sit in the beer garden and enjoy the sunset over Annaberg and the hills. The wooden benches and tables on the sunny terrace are sheltered by large parasols.There is a street up to the tower and the hotel so you can drive up if you...more
This family-run restaurant serves regional food, simple and filling. The ambience is rustic, the building apparently quite old with nice architecture. In summer you can sit outdoor with view of the famous St. Annen church.The service was pretty good, quick and attentive. Prices are reasonable; you can easily find a main dish for less than 10 Euro -...more
As the weather was still nice the first evening we decided to walk up to Pöhlberg mountain above the town to enjoy the sunset and have a bite to eat. The location of the restaurant is wonderful (but isolated), the view of the town as well as the Erzgebirge mountains are beautiful, especially when the sun sets behind the clouds. They have a quite...more
If you're looking for something more fancy to eat in Annaberg then this restaurant is probably your best choice. It is in the traditional Hotel Wilder Mann (see Accomodation tip). The ambience is very nice, upscale but not stuffy, the hundreds of years dark old wooden ceiling and woodpanels and the vaults in the quasi-separees are perfect.The...more
This restaurant is in the medieval cellars of Hotel Wilder Mann. My arrangement included a 'plat du jour' (Tagesgericht) with a glass of beer or juice. I must admit I am not a fan of restaurants in basements - not that I'm claustrophobic, but I just don't feel comfortable in those cellars. Here the ambience was quite nice, though. Service was quick...more
This Cafe is located right on the Market square next to the town hall. The ambience is that of a classic 19the century Viennese coffeehouse, high ceilings, small marble tables. The (fancy) cakes are good, but nothing special. Their Stollen is very good (rich!) and so is the hot chocholate. Prices are moderate, service is quick, attentive and...more
Nightlife in Annaberg is mostly quiet and slow, at least from my experience. Don't know if there are any nightclubs, dancings and such (I guess there must be something like that somewhere) but I didn't miss them as the days were busy with sightseeing and I was quite tired in the evenings.A good place for hanging out, having a drink and do some...more
It was quite a surprise to find out that Annaberg-Buchholz, a small town located up in the mountains, has a theatre where they perform plays, symphony concerts, ballet and even operas. I was sceptical about the quality at first. However, I reserved tickets for the premiere of an operetta gala with songs of Robert Stolz. Booking was absolutely easy...more
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The most convenient way to reach Annaberg by public transport is by train. Annaberg-Buchholz is located on the Zschopau valley railway, a line of the Erzgebirgsbahn, which connects Chemnitz with the Czech town Vejprty just beyong the border. In Chemnitz you connect with the main route Dresden-Nürnberg, a line to Leipzig and other side lines. To...more
While train is the way to go TO Annaberg the buses are the prefered transportation for me to get around in the town and surroundings. Since buses and trains are part of the VMS network your ticket is valid in buses AND trains. City buses connect the train stations with the old town/Market square which is a good 10 minutes steep uphill walk from the...more
Public transportation is the way to go to Annaberg-Buchholz. The trains from/to Chemnitz run hourly (convenient connections from/to Dresden with change in Flöha) and the ride is scenic. These trains of the so called "Erzgebirgsbahn" even run to Vejprty in the Czech Republi where you can catch trains to Chomutov.(Almost) The whole Erzgebirge...more
The traditional woodcarvings of the Ore Mountains are of course available in Annaberg. Most of these shops assemble along the main tourist route, Kirchgasse between Annenkirche and market square. There are just a few in other side streets.
Quality varies widely, though. There are some shops that sell the products of only one (local) workshop. Others have a wider choice of different brands and producers, but all certified Ore Mountains workshops in good quality. But I have also seen Czech products from Riesengebirge/Krkonoše which have an entirely different style.
Then there is that "50% on everything" discount shop, a thorn in the side to the more trustworthy but more expensive neighbours. Their stuff is, as can be seen at first glance after seeing the authentic crafts, mass production and I have no idea where it was made - better not think aloud. You know what I mean. This shop is best avoided although the discount prices may look appealing. You get what you pay for.
If you are after antiquities, there is a small antiquities shop in Kirchgasse which also sells old woodcarvings and such. Not cheap, though. Looking into the shop window and comparing to the modern style is interesting - I loved that funny Schwibbogen in (photo 5).
What to buy: Ore Mountains woodcarvngs. Christmas decorations like pyramids, Schwibbögen, nutcrackers, nativities, chandeliers, angels, miner figures, wooden toys, etc. etc.
What to pay: Depends on size and quality. If you want original and locally made items, don't fall for the cheapest prices.
The "Saxon" dialect has several subspecieses and the Ore Mountains variety is not the easiest among them for outsiders. Luckily the locals usually don't speak very fast. The Saxon dialect has one advantage compared to other German dialects: they use perfectly correct grammar. Understanding their special words takes some imagination, though, and...more
I shook my head when I saw this sign saying "Pedestrians please use the (street) crossing aid." It is typical for the German administration to instruct people to do something.I mean, if the traffic is really heavy (and since this is a main road leading the traffic around the old town it most likely *is* a very busy road in rush hour) and...more
Annaberg is built on the slopes of Pöhlberg with many ups and downs. There is hardly any horizontal surface. The photos show a random selection of typical street views. This means walking the town requires moderate fitness. In case you have difficulties walking, investigate the city bus connections and carefully plan your routes.
There are four varieties of pavement in the old town of Annaberg: rough cobblestone, finer cobblestone, granite slabs with gaps in between, or a layer of tarmac on cobblestone with large holes where the cobblestone shows.
Wearing high heels would not be a good idea.
The train station is located down in the valley. The old town looks close on a map but you have to cope with a really steep slope where you'll encounter, depending which way you take, all four of the abovementioned varieties of pavement and some gravel in between. For rolling luggage this is a killer. Take the bus - although, unfortunately, the bus and train timetables do not match well and you'll have to wait a bit.
Every Saxon town must have a Postmeilensäule. These were erected under the reign of August the Strong in the 1720s to mark the distances to towns along the post routes, usually right outside a town gate where the post carriages arrived and departed. Distances are given in hours, but they do not mean actual travel times. The "hour" is the distance a...more
The Catholics live in diaspora in Lutheran Saxony, and they seem to feel it. The little catholic church of Annaberg is located in the same street as the huge protestant Annenkirche but it looks tiny tiny in comparison. Only in the mid 19th century the catholic community of Annaberg were able to build their own church. It was dedicated to the Holy...more
Parts of the town wall are preserved along the Southern and Western side of the old town. A promenade trail leads along the outward side of the wall through a small park. The Southern wall runs up a very steep slope. Hence the promenade walk does not lead straight up but in a zigzag line, that's why it received this witty name, the "zigzag...more
In January and February, when the Christmas Market is over and the regular food market is not yet held due to weather conditions, a large part of the market square is turned into an ice rink. Families with their young kids but also young adults enjoy the ice skating with their friends actively or just watching. Hot and cold drinks plus snacks are sold at stalls surrounding the ice rink.
Equipment: Bring your own or rent at the place. Rental is inexpensive if I recall correctly.
This discount card is of interest to visitors who want to see a lot in the area. This card offers free entry to about 100 attractions all over the Ore Mountains region. Due to the distances between these places you'll only be able to use a fraction of these. Anyway, with some planning it pays.
There are two varieties available: one which is valid for 48 hours (22 € for adults and 11 € for kids 6-14) and one which is valid for any 4 days in 14 (33 € for adults, 16 € for kids 6-14). The latter is really useful for longer stays, as you can select the days when you use it.
Unfortunately the information on the website is only available in German! The card can be ordered in advance through this website but there is no need to bother with that and pay postage - you can just as well buy it on the spot at a tourist information office or at the cash desk of the participating attractions.
Fondest memory: In Annaberg-Buchholz the ErzgebirgsCard includes:
- Manufaktur der Träume
- Erzgebirgsmuseum and tour of the silver mine
- Frohnauer Hammer
- Mine "Markus-Röhling-Stolln"
- Atlantis indoor swimming pool
- free guided tour in Annekirche
- free walking tour of the town (starting Tuesday 14.00, Thursday 16.00, Saturday 11.00 at the tourist information in Manufaktur der Träume)
By the way: The picture on the card shows a figure from the miners nativity in Bergkirche in Annaberg.