Augustusburg Things to Do
Kantors Ruh ("Cantor's Refuge") is a hidden little corner just left of St. Petri church from where you can enjoy a splendid panoramic view over the Ore Mountains (when it's not as foggy as on the day we were there). Another spot for a great view is the viewing platform inside Augustusburg castle.
Augustusburg is not only the castle - if you've got a little time, it's well worth walking through the town centre. Along the steep cobblestone streets you can find many pastel-coloured houses scattered around the castle. In many of them, art or handicrafts are sold, sometimes also the traditional Ore Mountains Christmas decorations - usually little figures like miners, pipe-smoking men, soldiers etc.
Yet another easily visible sight, St. Petri church is located only 5 minutes away from the castle. You can hardly miss it as it is painted bright yellow. The original church on this site was already built in the middle of the 15th century, but destroyed by a fire in 1831. The pyromaniac who had started the fire was hanged shortly after. In 1840, a new church was built, but it again suffered terrible damage only 53 years later. As far as I know, this time nobody was punished for the fire, so I assume it was a "natural" cause... Anyway, the church was built up anew in neo-baroque style and has existed ever since.
It's a nice little church, nothing too special, but also not worth to be skipped.
A good way to visit Augustusburg from Chemnitz is going by bus no. 66. Between Easter and the end of October, the bus runs several times every weekend. It leaves Chemnitz at Zentralhaltestelle, the main bus station in the city centre. In roughly 45 minutes, the bus reaches Augustusburg. You can then get off at several places in the town, e.g. the centre, the castle or the sledging area. Another possibility is to hop off the bus somewhere between Chemnitz and Augustusburg - there are many stops on its way from which you can start a little hike. For instance, you can go on until Sternmühltal valley and make your way back to the town. Try out yourselves!
The round ticket costs €6, the short ticket €2. There are no discounts.
Augustusburg Sports & Outdoors
Summer sledging or "Sommerrodeln" in German is not really similar to sledging in wintertime. Instead, you're provided with a little cart with which you race down a long and bended channel which, in Augustusburg, is more than 550m long. Fortunately you don't have to carry your sledge up the hill after the ride, as an automated system is doing that for you.
Prices are €1.70 for children or €2.10 for adults, a ticket valid for 10 rides is €12.50 for children or €14.50 for adults . The Sommerrodelbahn is open daily from 10am to 6pm, but on several occasions night sledging is offered too.
Equipment: no equipment, just some courage... ;)