Frauenstein Things to Do
Right in the middle of the Markt square is the Ev.-Lutheran church, which appears a bit too large for a small town like Frauenstein. You must keep in mind, though, that the town was the centre of a larger dominion in past centuries.Unfortunately the church is only accessible with a guided tour - ditto for climbing the steeple. However, the outer...more
The Markt square is the centre of Frauenstein. Short streets lead in all directions to former city gates (not preserved), the square as well as the streets are lined with townhouses that go back to the late 15th century when this part of the town was founded. However, big fires in 1728 and 1869 did a lot of damage so the facades that you see are...more
Yes, there's another castle in Frauenstein - but it is not a fortified, medieval structure. It was built 1585-88 according to plans of Dresden's court architect Hans Irmisch for Heinrich von Schönberg for comfortable living and administration of the dominion.A couple of fires did quite some damage to the castle so not much of the original interior...more
Right on the Markt square is the 4star Hotel Goldener Stern. Their restaurant terrace overlooking the square was inviting so I grabbed a seat there. There's not better place in Frauenstein for watching small town life, I think. Service was very good, prices reasonable (cannot remember exactly, though).
Favorite Dish: I had a soup with a dumpling (tasty), then an omelette with mushrooms (very good), and I had a glass of apple juice. I would definitely go back.Related to:
- Food and Dining
For more flexibility, or if you're travelling from farther away for just a day trip (like I did), a car beats the bus, especially if you want to visit several places in the region in one day or plan to go to more remote sights.I drove in December 2012 to Frauenstein and continued to Seiffen for a visit of the Christmas markets. Let's say I was...more
If you use public transportation (highly recommended) then bus is the way to go to Frauenstein. The town is sort of a regional hub, with the Markt square being the central stop. Several bus lines connect Frauenstein quite frequently with larger towns/cities - so #732 with Freiberg, #365 with Schmiedeberg where you change to #360 to Dresden - and...more
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Frauenstein Local Customs
The Erzgebirge is Christmas country and Frauenstein is no exception. However, their Christmas market takes place only one weekend (always the weekend of 2nd Advent). So, during the rest of Advent season you can only see the - beautiful - pyramid on the Markt square (pics 1-3), the candle arch at the town hall's facade and the many decorations in the windows of private homes.
Also, there is a "living Advent calendar", meaning that from 1 - 24 December every day at 5.30 pm a door is opened with a ceremony, every day in a different location, either in Frauenstein proper or one of the villages that belong to the municipality. There's a small show/concert, a recital (fairy-tale reading e.g.), doing handicraft work with kids, cinema or so daily. Lots of fun!
And of course, Seiffen is not far away ...Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Religious Travel
- Arts and Culture
Frauenstein Warnings and Dangers
Snow / Ice
You probably noticed that I am a big fan of snow. But enough is enough. In December 2012, when I visited the Christmas markets in the Erzgebirge mountains, the mountains had gotten tons of snow - the roads were slippery, on the drive back home the major road B 171 near Frauenstein was even closed due to an accident and I had to drive a long detour.
The piles of snow on the Markt square in Frauenstein were pretty impressive (pics 2 and 3). Parking was a problem, though. Another danger were the icicles that hung from the roofs (pic 2) - they could fall down every moment and hurt the pedestrians. The locals worked hard, but there was simply too much snow/ice (pic 1) to get that work done quickly.
Frauenstein Sports & Outdoors
The region around Frauenstein is perfect for hiking, from gentle walks around the castle and in vicinity of the town to long-distance hikes toward the main crest of the Erzgebirge. The hiking trails are well marked and signposted and start right on the Markt square (pics 1 and 5). Beautiful views are always guaranteed, benches are placed at perfect places (pic 2).
One of the most popular destinations is the Gimmlitz valley, a very beautiful valley just a few minutes southwest of Frauenstein, where several old mills are preserved, one of them (Weicheltmühle) a technical monument/museum and restaurant. Well marked hiking trails run through this valley and along the heights at both sides of it and make for rewarding hours in the countryside.
Other favourite destinations are the reservoir Lichtenberg, the neighbouring villages Nassau (church with Silbermann organ!), Hermsdorf, Rechenberg-Bienenmühle and Holzhau. Buses take you back to Frauenstein.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking