Augustusburg Things to Do
The castle is the main sight of the town. It's situated on top of the Schellenberg hill on which Augustusburg is situated and thereby widely visible from many kilometres away.
The castle was built from 1568 to 1572 by Hieronymus Lotter. It was used for several hundred years until during WW II, prisoners of the Nazis were kept in the castle's premises. A plaque next to one entrance gate commemorates them still today: "1933 litten in diesem Gefängnis klassenbewusste Arbeiter unserer Heimat für ihren mutigen Kampf gegen Faschismus und Krieg" ("In 1933, class-conscious workers suffered in this prison for their courageous fight against fascism and war"). During the GDR era, the museums were opened on the castle grounds and still exist today. Nowadays, Augustusburg is a popular destination for people from all over Saxony. In summer, the castle and town are likely to be pretty crowded. Among the visitors you'll probably see several bridal couples and wedding guests...Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Castles and Palaces
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.
The town centre
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.
Bus No 66
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... ;)