Erzgebirge Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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  • view of Frauenstein from road B 171
    view of Frauenstein from road B 171
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Erzgebirge Things to Do

  • Altenberg - Eastern Erzgebirge

    The small town Altenberg is the "hub" for the Upper parts of the Eastern Erzgebige, located at an elevation of 754 m and conveniently accessible by train or bus from Dresden (slightly more than an hour).Altenberg itself is an old mining town, first mentioned in the 14th century. Nothing special about the town, but the surroundings ...Nearby you...

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  • Seiffen

    Kurort Seiffen is a small town, located in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) close to the Czech border. It was first mentioned in 1324. Founded as a tin-mining worker's village Seiffen is today famous for its wooden toys, nutcrackers, smokers etc. - all sorts of Christmas figures. In 1849 when the mines were exhausted the people needed to look for new...

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  • Annaberg-Buchholz

    Annaberg-Buchholz is a small town in the central Erzgebirge. In 1492 rich silver ore places were discovered nearby. Annaberg-Buchholz had its best times in the 16th century, when it was bigger and richer than Leipzig and famous people like Adam Ries lived in the town.The magnificent city church St. Annen was built in this period, too. It is...

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  • Freiberg

    Freiberg is a former silver mining town, located in the Eastern Erzgebirge. Its historical old town is well preserved and provides great architecture, cobbled streets, good shopping. Its university is the oldest Mining university in the world. Freiberg's cathedral is a masterpiece of art. It hosts stunning works of Romanesque, Gothic and...

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  • City of Chemnitz

    Chemnitz is situated on Chemnitz River and is the third largest Saxon city with a population of about 250,000. It lies at the northern foot of the Ore Mountains.The city was founded in the 12th century, and during the 14th century it developed as a textile center. The trade industry of Chemnitz was almost completely ruined in the 17th century...

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  • Town of Johanngeorgenstadt

    On February 2nd, 1654 was the foundation of Johanngeorgenstadt by Prince Johann Georgs I of Saxony. Over the years Johanngeorgenstadt developed due to mining silver and producing glas. Today it is a famous holiday resort and an excellent ski resort because it is very snow proof from December to March.To bring the ore to light horses were used to...

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  • Fichtelberg

    Fichtelberg is a mountain in the middle of the Erzgebirge near the Czech border. It has a height of 1.214 meters and is therefore the tallest mountain in Saxony. From its top you have an excellent view over the Erzgebirge region and the Bohemian Basin. On a clear day you can have a view of more then 150 km.

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  • Oberwiesenthal

    At an elevation of 914 m Oberwiesenthal is the highest located town in Germany. Founded in 1527 as a mining town (silver, tin etc.) it is well-known as a place for winter sports activities in particular nowadays.There is a good downhill skiing area and also excellent xcountry skiing around Oberwiesenthal. The town itself offers a charming small old...

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  • City of Stollberg

    The first town hall was built around 1440 but completely destroyed in the big fire of 1633. The second one was erected in 1692 but burnt down too (1809). Three years later on May 9, 1812 the third and last town hall was build by the architects Haertel and Neckermann. In 1813 the municipal government moved into the new building (left photo).One of...

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Erzgebirge Restaurants

  • Great food for a good price

    The Ratskeller in Stollberg is located next to the Town Hall. It offers traditional cuisine for low costs. I was here in December and ordered pork, Saxon dumplings & vegetables + 1 beer. As an extra I got a plate of salat. The service was excellent and all waiters were friendly. I just had to wait ten minutes for my meal and not even two minutes...

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  • "Zum Schlossberg" Wolkenstein

    This restaurant is to find in Wolkenstein, central Erzgebirge (see my off-the-beaten-path-tip). The dining room is quite small and cosy with vaulted ceiling. They also have a (summer) terrace overlooking the nice square and with view of the castle.The Keller family restored the old (500 years) house and opened this restaurant in 1998. The service...

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  • On top

    On top of Mt. Fichtelberg you find the hotel & restaurant Fichtelberghaus. The first hut at this place was built in the 1880s. It burnt down twice and was rebuilt each time right away.They serve average local food, nothing special. Honestly, I was just happy to find a warm and cosy place due to the cold wind outside.Service was quick and attentive,...

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Erzgebirge Transportation

  • Public Tranportation networks

    The public transportation network in the Erzgebirge is very sufficient. Buses and Trams run from the cities Dresden, Chemnitz and Zwickau to the towns and villages in the mountains.If you are planning to visit small towns and villages you better have a close look at the schedules, because these are served by far less frequently.The network VVO...

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  • Getting to Johanngeorgenstadt

    This small place might not be on your road map. Coming by car, take Autobahn 72 (Chemnitz-Hof) and leave at Reichenbach, drive on federal road 94 southwards. Turn left in Rodewisch on road 169. After 8km turn right towards Eibenstock/Johanngeorgenstadt. After 25km you arrive Johanngeogenstadt. Do not forget winter equipment between November and...

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  • Getting around by sleigh

    Walking in the winter wonder land is great but to avoid wet cold feet why not to do a tour in a two-horse open sleigh? In Johanngeorgenstadt you have the chance to hire a sleigh for a few hours. In the early 1990s I had the chance to have a ride and it was a great experience. I am not sure how much it once was - my parents paid.

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Erzgebirge Local Customs

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    by Leipzig Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    Schwibbogen is typical German. Around Christmas time everywhere in Germany you see a "Schwibbogen" (Candle Arch) in the windows. What most people do not know the Schwibbogen was invented in Johanngeorgenstadt around 1780. It is a great souvenir for your loved-ones at home. If you are gifted, you can buy crafting instructions to do it at home. It is not so difficult. I made two or three arcs when I was younger. It takes about one day. You just need a thin board, a jigsaw, a driller and some small wodden blocks.

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Erzgebirge What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Updated Jul 28, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 4 - 13°C ( 39 - 55°F ); min: -3 - 4°C ( 26 - 39°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 17 - 19°C ( 61 - 66°F ); min: 7 - 9°C ( 45 - 49°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 3 - 14°C ( 38 - 58?F); min: 3 - 9°C ( 38 - 49°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: -2 - 0°C ( 28 - 32?F); min: -7 - -3°C ( 19 - 27°F )

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Erzgebirge Off The Beaten Path

  • castle Scharfenstein

    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...

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  • Frauenstein

    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...

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  • Parish church in Ehrenfriedersdorf

    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...

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Erzgebirge Sports & Outdoors

  • Downhill skiing

    Although the Erzgebirge mountains are pretty small compared to the Alps there are quite some skilifts in several towns. None of those qualifies to be called "ski resort" - with one exception: Oberwiesenthal.This town offers very good downhill runs, with a maximum elevation difference of 303 m and a length of 2 km. All in all there are about 15 km...

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  • XCountry skiing - Oberwiesenthal

    Due to the elevation Oberwiesenthal and especially Mt. Fichtelberg offer the best snow conditions - which is great even for the xcountry skiers.Groomed tracks start right at the cable car, at the town's edge. But you better take the cable car up to Mt. Fichtelberg and start there, it's easier :-)About 75 km of xcountry tracks are prepared: the...

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  • Winter hiking

    If you are not into skiing/x-country skiing or so - what about hiking/walking in winter? The Erzgebirge offers unlimited options. Paths are usually perfectly groomed (except after heavy snow fall).As a result of its special topography (the large plateaux) paths often have only moderate altitude difference. You can stay close to the villages/towns...

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Erzgebirge Favorites

  • Mining

    Erzgebirge means Ore Mountains. The name derives from all the ore that was found here, especially in the 15th and 16th century. The photos shows is a small wagon for carrying ore out of the mines. Since the beginning of electrification they has been replaced. A lot of museums in towns of the Erzgebirge show you the development of mining. Spend some...

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  • Christmas

    As mentioned in the Intro, the Erzgebirge is *THE* German Christmas county. Nowhere else Christmas is celebrated in such a cosy, romantic way.A major part plays the light. Even for mining workers light has always been a special, very important thing. Since Christmas is in a dark time of year, people try to bring more light into the houses (and...

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