Erzgebirge Off The Beaten Path

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    view of Frauenstein from road B 171
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    city church on Markt square
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    castle Scharfenstein

    by german_eagle Updated Dec 29, 2013

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    The Erzgebirge is home of many castles - and one of the most beautiful and interesting ones is castle Scharfenstein in the Zschopau valley, about 20 km southeast of Chemnitz.

    The oldest parts of the castle date from the 13th/14th century, but what you see nowadays is a product of the reconstruction in the years after 1535. More reconstruction works were done in the 19th century. Important and beautiful are the main portal, the Gothic gable of the former residential wing and the frescos and painted wooden ceilings inside.

    There are two museums inside - both well worth visiting - one about a local hero, Karl Stülpner, and one presenting christmassy items from the Erzgebirge (candle arches, pyramids, nutcrackers etc.). Very interesting for children as well.

    There is also an old tower (Bergfried) where you can get up and enjoy the panoramic views (I had bad luck - due to ice and snow closed). Nice small shops sell christmassy items, wooden toys, local craftwork as lace e.g.

    For more details visit my Scharfenstein page here on Virtualtourist.

    castle Scharfenstein Main portal of the castle frescos and painted wooden ceiling museum
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    Frauenstein

    by german_eagle Updated Dec 27, 2013

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    Frauenstein is a small town in the Eastern Erzgebirge at an altitude of about 650 m.

    The town attracts visitors with the impressive ruins of a medieval castle, the Renaissance castle and a charming market square with beautiful church and townhouses.

    The ruins are well worth a visit. Some impressive towers and the walls are preserved. You can climb the towers which provide excellent panoramic views.

    The Renaissance castle was built 1585 - 88 by Hans Irmisch, a famous architect from Dresden. It is home of the Gottfried-Silbermann-Museum. Silbermann was one of the best organ builders in the 18th century and he was born in a small village near Frauenstein. About 30 of his works are preserved all across Saxony. Very interesting museum.

    For more information see my Frauenstein page.

    view of Frauenstein from road B 171 city church on Markt square Markt square with town hall and distance column Renaissance castle landscape around Frauenstein
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    Parish church in Ehrenfriedersdorf

    by german_eagle Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    The small town Ehrenfriedersdorf, located right on the major road B95 from Chemnitz to Annaberg-Buchholz (- Oberwiesenthal - Karlovy Vary), is one of the oldest mining towns of the Erzgebirge. The most important sight here is the parish church St. Niklas with its beautiful Gothic altar.

    The church was built in the 14th/15th century and restored in the 1970s in original style of the year 1512. The altar (1507 - 12) is a collaboration of master Hans Witten (other works of him are the pulpit in the cathedral in Freiberg and the so called "Beautiful Portal" in St. Annen in Annaberg e.g.) and other artisans from the region. The main front shows carved scenes with life-sized figures, the other wings (2 changes) are paintings (passion of Jesus Christus).

    Ask at the vicarage (Pfarramt) vis-a-vis for a short tour (free); they are pleased to show you the interior of the church and tell you about the history and works of art.

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    Dippoldiswalde

    by german_eagle Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    Located in the Eastern Erzgebirge, only 30 minutes from Dresden, Dippoldiswalde is a sort of "Gateway" to the mountains. The small town looks back on a long history. Founded in the 12th century the town grew due to mining activities in the vicinity.

    Two nice churches from that time, fine examples of Romanesque and Gothic style, are preserved and well worth seeing. Don't miss a stroll along the narrow cobbled streets and across the large Markt square in the old town. Not to miss is a ride on the narrow-gauge steam train.

    A highlight is a visit of the museum in the old tannery, originally preserved and they claim it's unparalleled in Europe.

    For more details see my Dippoldiswalde page here on VT.

    Markt square with during Advent season city church city church, altar St. Nicolai church castle
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    Schlettau with castle

    by german_eagle Written Aug 29, 2009

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    Schlettau is a tiny town located only a few miles from Annaberg-Buchholz in the Upper Erzgebirge mountains. Founded in the years around 1200 it soon became a relatively important stop and market place enroute the long-distance route Halle-Prague.

    The town has a nice but tiny old town. The major attraction is the castle, though. The oldest parts of the castle go back to the 13th century, most of what you see now is result of redesign in the 15th century and again post 1880 after it was sold to an entrepreneur. Thus the interior is neo-gothic style. They have some interesting exhibits on the fauna and flora of the mountains, the history of the town and also on local craftworks. The castle is surrounded by a nice park with a pond - great for picnic.

    castle Schlettau castle Schlettau church Schlettau market square Reuterhaus
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    Schwibbogen Fest

    by Leipzig Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    Every third weekend in Advent the Schwibbogenfest (Candle-Arch-Fest) takes place at the Christmas Market of Johanngeorgenstadt. You can listen to Christmas Singers as well as to Schlager music. You find entertainment on roadside, stalls selling Glühwein and Bratwurst as well as traditional handcrafts.

    sorry for bad quality -was too dark for my camera

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    Wolkenstein

    by german_eagle Updated Feb 4, 2006

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    Wolkenstein is a charming small town in the central Erzgebirge. It is located on a hill above the Zschopau river valley and has a pop. of about 1,800. The town is one of the oldest in the region, first mentioned in the 12th century.

    The picturesque small town has a very nice Market square with town hall and Baroque distance column. The Baroque church is another landmark. Inside you find a beautiful altar from 1648.

    The dominating building is the castle - oldest parts date back to the 12th century, reconstructions were done in the 16th and 19th century. Nowadays the castle is home of the local tourist office, the town's library, a restaurant and a museum. The upper floors are still undergoing renovation for another year or two. They already found beautifully painted wooden ceilings and frescos at the walls. At the moment you can see an exhibit on local history plus minerals/ore found in the area - quite interesting. (closed on Mondays).

    There is yet another museum in Wolkenstein - about history of the military. It is to find in the nice old timber-framed house right next to the church.

    Distance column on the market square Market square castle entrance timber-framed house on the castle square view from the castle (P��hlberg, 832 m in backgr.)
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    Lauenstein

    by german_eagle Written Mar 7, 2004

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    Lauenstein is a small town in the Eastern Erzgebirge. It is located high above the Müglitz valley, totally off the beaten path. The town was able to preserve its sights from past times: picturesque ruins of the Castle from the 13th century, a restored beautiful Renaissance castle (see picture), now housing an interesting museum, the unspoiled market square with old townhouses.

    A gem is the city church with stunning works of Renaissance art of European importance, like pulpit, altars, epitaphs, organ etc. Unfortunately the church a fire devastated the interior in July 2003, only a short while after renovation. The church is currently closed, sorry.

    Portal of the Renaissance Castle
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    Schloss Rabenstein - Rabenstein Castle

    by Leipzig Updated Feb 21, 2004

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    This is the smallest medieval castle of Saxony, founded around 1170.
    Since 1959 the castle has hosted the museum of local history. In front of the castle is an English park, planted by Georg Ludwig von Welk in 1817. In the summer months several theater shows are shown in the castle.

    Address:

    Burg Rabenstein
    Oberfrohnaer Straße 149
    09117 Chemnitz
    Telephone: ++49 (0) 3 71 / 85 33 53

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    Augustusburg - Augustus Castle

    by Leipzig Updated Feb 21, 2004

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    Augustusburg is located in the identically named town. The Castle was built by Hieronymus Lotter, who also erected the Town Hall in Leipzig. During my last visit I saw the Falcon Show and the well house.

    Inside the castle you can find a musum of motorcycles, a museum of carriages, a museum of birds, a museu of hunting as well as exhibits of the life at Augustus Castle. How was life of a judge, a hangman or a misdoer in the 17th century. You can also visit the museum of torture.

    There's also a Youth Hostel in the castle compley. For further information here's their address:

    JH Schloss Augustusburg
    09573 Augustusburg
    Fon: 037291/2 02 56
    Fax: 037291/63 41
    E-Mail: jhaugustusburg@djh-sachsen.de

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