Freiberg Travel Guide

  • Freiberg
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  • Freiberg
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  • Freiberg
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Freiberg Things to Do

  • Burial chapel and Prince Elector...

    One of the highlights in the Dom (cathedral) is the High Choir which was converted into a burial chapel of the Lutheran rulers of Saxony (1541 - 1694), the Wettin family. The chapel is separated by a wrought-iron fence from the main nave so you can at least have a good view, guided tours often (mostly) include access to it.The outstanding work of...

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  • Cathedral

    The cathedral St. Mary is without any doubt the most important architectural site in Freiberg. A first Romanesque Basilica was erected at this place in the 12th century - some pieces like the great portal (Goldene Pforte), the impressive woodcarved crucification group and parts of the walls survived the big fire 1484.The cathedral was quickly...

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  • Mining around 1500: Portal of...

    One of the most beautiful renaissance houses in Obermarkt is Lißkirchnerhaus, built around 1530 and named after the first owner, mayor Georg Lißkirchen. Have a closer look at the beautiful portal with its stone reliefs.The tympanon shows a compilation of mining scenes. here we see miners at work, the way they did their job around 1500.

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  • Untermarkt

    The second market square, named the "lower" and indeed a few metres lower than Obermarkt, has not the worldly but the religious centre of Freiberg: the Dom, or cathedral (see separate tips). Next to the Dom you see the impressive house of the canons, now the town and mining museum (also, see separate tip). Residential houses surround the rest of...

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  • Obermarkt

    The "Upper Market Square" is the heart of the town. It is one of the few areas that are pedestrianized, in most other streets parked and running cars are a bit of a nuisance. But here pedestrians can walk freely. Obermarkt is the place for farmers markets, events and the Christmas market. So far I have never been in Freiberg at a temperature...

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  • Town and Mining Museum

    The Stadt- und Bergbaumuseum presents the history of the city of Freiberg and the history of mining. If you want to know more about the city and its life in former centuries and where the citizens' wealth came from, don't miss this museum.The permanent exhibition involves also local church art, renaissance sculpture, and history of the middle...

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  • Dom: The Golden Gate

    The Romanesque portal of the southern transept is older than most of the rest of the building. It originates from its precedessor and was spared in the fire that destroyed most of the Romanesque cathedral.The portal is ornated with a series of biblical figures, following an extraordinary theological programme.The tympanon shows the Epiphany of...

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  • Dom: The Tulip Pulpit

    The Tulpenkanzel has been on my (unwritten) list of Things To See Before I Die. It is a marvel of gothic sculpture. This piece alone would have been worth the trip to Freiberg. The tulip shape is absolutely unique - and it was created in times when tulips were not even known in Central Europe, around 1500.The freestanding stone structure seems to...

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  • Dom - the Cathedral

    From the outside, the cathedral is a strange building without a real facade, not impressive at all. It looks like a jigsaw puzzle of parts that don't match in size and don't really fit together. The steeples are short and incomplete. The only side that looks like 'something' is the choir seen from Untermarkt. However, don't let the disappointing...

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  • Schloss Freudenstein

    The history of Freudenstein begins in the 1170s when Margrave Otto von Wettin, the founder of the city, built a castle here. In the 16th century it became the temporary residence of the Saxon Dukes. They tore down the castle and built a 'modern' renaissance palace instead. In the late 18th century it was used for military purposes, later as...

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  • Terra Mineralia - marvelous collection...

    In 2008 Freiberg obtained a new attraction, and one that should not be missed. The city received as donation the collection of minerals of Erika Pohl-Ströher, a Saxon-born private collector who lives in Switzerland. Freudenstein palace was refurbished to accommodate the collection. It fills the three storeys of one wing, sorted by continents. The...

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  • Mining museum "Alte Elisabeth"

    As mining in the Erzgebirge was the basis for Saxony's wealth and no development in Freiberg and the surroundings was possible without mining it is almost a *must* to visit one of the remaining pits that were turned into mining museums. "Alte Elisabeth" is one that is easily to reach in Freiberg, only a 10 to 15 minutes walk from the old town.This...

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Freiberg Restaurants

  • Ratskeller

    When I was in Freiberg on business in summer I had lunch at this restaurant. I found a table outside where I had a good view of what went on on the Obermarkt square. Unfortunately it did not take long (exactly: until my beer came) before the wasps discovered their new victim. This made me change to the inside.The interior is nice, with wooden...

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  • Restaurant Cafe Bar Quake

    This restaurant is located in the former Gasthaus "Zum Goldnen Adler", a large Renaissance townhouse, which was built in early 16th century. Thus the visit is worthwile for the architecture alone. Nowadays the rooms to the street front are shops (with frescos from 1545 and beautiful wooden ceilings!) while the restaurant/cafe/bar Quake is in the...

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  • Coffeehouse in Freiberg

    I was totally surprised when I entered this café. The interior is originally preserved from the 1920s. Very charming. The Hartmann family owns and runs this café in the 4th generation.The place is perfect for people watching. It seems "tout Freiberg" meets there. Staff is very friendly and competent. The cakes etc. are fantastic.I have been back a...

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  • Kaffee Delikat

    This place is a recent discovery. It's more a shop than a cafe/restaurant - they are specialists for coffee from all over the world. They do coffee tastings from time to time (see website or email them), They also sell stuff related to coffee - machines, filters, pots, etc. but also finest chocolate, cookies ...The interior of the shop alone is...

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  • Czech food in Freiberg

    Yes, right in the middle of Freiberg, in Germany there is a place where you can have Czech food, beer and wine. They actually claim to have the most sorts of Czech tap beer in Germany. Anyway, the menu list has a large selection of all sorts of Czech dishes, indeed several beers and also a surprisingly large selection of Bohemian and Moravian...

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  • Original 1920s Ambience

    This charming café was established in the 1920s and it has preserved its original interior and furniture. Enjoy your coffee and cake in the flair of the Golden Twenties.Even the phone is an original piece!Flair alone is not enough, though. So let me mention their coffee specialities, their excellent cakes, and warm sweet dishes. There is also a...

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Freiberg Nightlife

  • Theatre

    Freiberg is proud to have one of the (*the*?) oldest civic theatres in Germany. The theatre building is actually an older (from 1623) Patrician townhouse that was purchased and redesigned by one of Freiberg's burghers in 1789. In 1790 it opened as theatre. The town didn't have its own theatre company until 1876, though, and thus travelling...

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  • Alte Mensa

    The "Alte Mensa" is the best nightclub in town, if you want to call it that way. Is often hosts livebands and DJ's. it's the no 1 studentclub with one stage and tewo bars. Realy nice tmosphere. Best times to go are on wednesdays and on weekends. Look out for their ads. casual

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Freiberg Transportation

  • Bicycle

    The streets in Freiberg's old town are narrow, it's a rather flat area, parking is rare and not free, so many locals seem to prefer cycling over driving when going to the town's centre. Pedestrian zones are free for cycling.The only problem IMO is that the streets in the old town are cobbled - cyclers prefer asphalt, or at least even ground....

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  • Bus

    For getting to Freiberg an alternative to the train is the bus. The line #400 serves the route Dresden Hauptbahnhof - Freiberg - Annaberg-Buchholz. There are only a few running each day but the one that leaves Dresden 10.10 am is quite convenient. Travel time is one hour, the fare is 5 Euro, so a bit less than for the train.These buses are...

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  • Trains

    Freiberg is a stop on the train route Dresden - Chemnitz - Hof (- Nürnberg). Trains run frequently from early morning till late at night. Please note that there are different types of trains on this route: IRE trains stop only in the bigger cities like Freiberg and Chemnitz, RE trains stop more often and RB and S3 trains stop at each and every...

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Freiberg Shopping

  • Private Coffee roasting facility

    I stumbled upon this place just because I watched out of the window while sitting at Cafe Hartmann and sipping my Caffe al Arab. It's right vis-a-vis! I went in and chatted with the owner for a while. He selects only the best coffee beans (also organic) and roasts them himself. You can buy them and take them home or you decide to have a...

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  • cookies etc.

    There's a tip on the Cafe Hartmann in the "Restaurant" category. But their fancy cakes, pastries etc. are too delicious to eat them only when in Freiberg. Every time I am there I cannot resist to buy a bit more (usually too much, LOL) and take it home. It doesn't last long ...I particularly love their Eierschecke which is different from the...

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Freiberg Local Customs

  • Christmas Market and related events

    Saxony and the Erzgebirge mountains in particular are reknown for Christmas Markets. Freiberg has one of the most authentic and beautiful one. It takes place on the Obermarkt square with about 100 stalls selling food, mulled wine and regional products. It opens in the week before the first advent and closes on fourth advent Sunday. The visitor is...

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  • Christmas Market

    Freiberg's Christmas market opens from Thursday before the first Advent Sunday until December 22. Market hours: Mon-Thurs 10:00-20:00, Fri-Sat 10:00-22:00, Sun 10:30-20:00. The climax is the second Advent weekend with the miners' parade. It takes place in Obermarkt, the most beautiful square of the town. The about 100 stalls sell Erzgebirge items,...

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  • Buchteln with Custard

    I had no idea what they were when I saw them on offer at Café Hartmann, so I asked the waitress, also for instructions how to eat them...Buchteln are a type of very sweet and very soft rolls. They are served together with a plate of custard and, surprise, a layer of jam underneath the custard. You tear off a piece of the Buchtel and dip it into the...

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Freiberg Off The Beaten Path

  • Kuhschacht remains

    Next to the central bus station, only 2 minutes outside the old town, is at Wernerplatz square the former mine named "Kuhschacht". It was in operation until 1830. You can still see the old Huthaus, built 1750. "Huthaus" is the name for a house where the miners gathered before they started their shift in the underground, prayed, and got their tools...

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  • Fortuna fountain

    In 1986, on occasion of the 800th anniversary of Freiberg, the so called Fortuna fountain was erected on Petersstraße, one of the main pedestrian/shopping streets in Freiberg. It was created by Prof. Bernd Göbel, a local.A boy watches scenes and famous people from Freiberg's history, reaching from Margrave Otto the Wealthy founding the city, the...

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  • St. Johannis

    The catholic church St. Johannis was erected 1659-61 using structures of the previous Gothic church there - the Gothic windows on the western facade are preserved - was in pretty bad shape after WWII and was reconstructed (quite basic) in 1958. The construction is a wide Baroque hall, bright and without much decoration (probably a result of the...

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Freiberg Favorites

  • European Heritage Day

    Second Sunday in September is European Heritage Day. This means you can see the interior of buildings that are closed the rest of the year - like some private houses, cellars, the backstage area of the theatre. Other sights where you otherwise have to pay to get in are free on that day. I've been in Freiberg on this special occasion two times so...

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  • Contrast of old and new architecture

    Freiberg is rich of old townhouses, of architecture from past centuries. Not every townhouse is in a shape to be preserved, though. And we're living in the 21st century. It is inevitable that here or there a townhouse is torn down and someting new is built.I'll admit here that I am not a fan of contemporary average architecture. Too often the cost...

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  • City Walls

    The construction of city walls started in the year 1200. Until the 17th century the city walls were constantly maintained and enlarged but between 1816 and 1877 large parts were torn down. Of the former 39 towers and five city gates are only nine smaller and one large tower plus one city gate (Donat tower and gate) preserved. The best preserved...

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