Hiking: Schlottwitz - Edelmannsteig
A few km down the Müglitz valley from Glashütte is Schlottwitz, about two km long with a train stop at the upper and lower end of the two km long village - properly named "Oberschlottwitz" (upper) and "Niederschlottwitz" (lower). The western slopes of the valley are relatively gentle while the eastern side is very steep, with rocky patches and an elevation difference of about 200 m between top and bottom (village.)
The eastern side is dotted with excellent viewpoints, well maintained/marked/signposted hiking trails zig-zaging all over the slopes. Central hiking trail head is about half way between Ober- and Niederschlottwitz train stops, with free parking lot for cars, benches for a rest, and information/map for hikers (in German). A first *must* is the 1000 years old yew tree (signposted), reached after only 10 minutes hiking up. Later you'll pass more yew trees, even yew forests - the largest in Saxony. Walk in right direction (south) after the old yew tree, at a crossing take Edelmannsteig left (northern direction). Viewpoints with benches for a rest come along every five or ten minutes.
Most of the time you see the village Schlottwitz below and Luchberg mountain (a former volcano) right across (pic 5 in the back). Some viewpoints allow views of the Erzgebirge main crest with Mt. Geising and Kahleberg - the sun was low and right in that direction when I hiked this trail, so taking good photos was difficult. At the highest point you also get a panoramic view toward Saxon/Bohemian Switzerland (pic 4) - quite impressive, but binoculars/zoom recommended.
Finally you walk down to the lower end of the village, follow the road for about 500 m and arrive at Niederschlottwitz train stop. Trains run every hour on weekdays, every two hours on weekends, so plan accordingly.
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Once you have enough of touring manufactures, visiting museums and churches, you should head out in the surrounding mountains. The Müglitz valley is one of Saxony's most beautiful valleys, the mountains are rather gentle, and there's a nice mix of farmland, pastures, woods. Hiking trails are well marked and signposted (pics 1, 5).
Very close to Glashütte, only a half hour max, are the viewpoints "Pilz" (pic 3) and "Bastei" (pic 4). The view from the WEMPE Sternwarte Chronometerwerke manufacture is also very beautiful, about 15 minutes uphill from the train station (pic 2).
Other worthwhile hikes (longer, max. 3 hours) lead to Trebnitzgrund, a protected glen with most beautiful wildflowers, Luchberg (576 m), a former volcano which you can recognise from its shape, or Kalkhöhe (501 m), which has best panoramic views.
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Watchmaking manufactures tours
There are 11 watchmaking manufactures at the moment in Glashütte, if I am not totally wrong. (The number is still growing.) Several of them offer guided tours.
Glashütte Original (www.glashuette-original.com) has guided tours from 2014 on again, after the construction works for enlarging the manufacture are finished.
A. Lange & Söhne (www.alange-soehne.com) has guided tours only for buyers, or at least seriously interested folks, organised through authorized shops only.
Mühle-Glashütte (www.muehle-glashuette.de) is specialised in nautical instruments and watches, offers guided tours (2 hours) on Thursdays at 10 am and 1 pm, reservation two weeks in advance obligatory, either per telephone (03 50 53/32 03 - 0) or email (email@example.com)
NOMOS Glashütte (www.nomos-glashuette.com) has a guided tour once per month, mostly on a Monday at 12.30 am, ask for exact date/time and make a reservation per phone: Ute Fischer-Graf, +49 35053 4040
WEMPE Sternwarte Chronometerwerke (www.chronometerwerke-glashuette.de) offers guided tours upon request. Call ahead: 03 50 53/32 1 - 0
Even if the others do not advertise guided tours it is worth asking. And it is also interesting to just walk by the manufactures and have a look from outside. Moritz Großmann (pic 4) e.g. built a very modern, very interesting manufacture on the hillside next to the train station. Looks somewhat like an ocean cruise ship, stranded in the mountains :-) And Wempe bought and reconstructed the old observatory of the town (uphill behind Moritz Großmann), quite interesting, too.
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Walking trail: "Spuren der Zeit"
Highly recommended is the walking trail "Traces of Time", either self-guided (brochure for 3.80 Euro in the museum) or as guided tour (contact see Watchmaking Museum). You can easily do that by yourself, there are plaques at each building/station with explanations in German, so not even the brochure is really needed. An info board with a map is in front of the museum, but also at the bus station.
All in all there are 35 stations. The trail leads you through most of the towns, passing former manufactures and houses related to watchmaking, birthplaces of people in the business etc. The trail was created in 2010, supported by the foundation "Deutsches Uhrenmuseum Glashütte – Nicolas G. Hayek".
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Deutsches Uhrenmuseum Glashütte
Of course the town has a museum on the manufacturing of watches/clocks. And it is an excellent museum, well worth your time. On more than 1000 square metres they have an exhibit on the history of watchmaking in Glashütte, with amazing pieces on display, explain the finer details of the watches, the process of manufacturing and tell you about time measuring in general. Supporting institution of the museum is the Foundation "Deutsches Uhrenmuseum Glashütte – Nicolas G. Hayek". Reason is that Nicolas G. Hayek (1928 – 2010), founder and long-time president of the Swatch Group A.G., played a major role in the reviving of the watchmaking in Glashütte after 1990. One of the largest manufactures in town, Glashütte Original, belongs to Swatch Group, and he made huge donations to the foundation as well as the museum.
The building is interesting, too. It was erected in 1881 as watchmakers school, was closed in 1992 but reopened in 2008 partially as museum and partially as watchmakers school again - but exclusively for trainees of the manufacture Glashütte Original.
Open daily 10-17 h
Admission 6 Euro, concessions for seniors, students, families
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St. Wolfgang church
Glashütte's Ev.-Lutheran church was built 1520 - 35, the steeple's upper storeys in 1580. It is a three-nave late-Gothic hall type church as you often find it in Saxony. A vaulted ceiling was planned, but never built. Instead the church got a very beautiful painted wooden ceiling in 1688, one of the main features of the church. Depicted in two octogon-shaped panels are Resurrection and Ascension, in the smaller panels are music making angels and alternating ornaments. The Baroque balconies got paintings around the year 1890, but these fit right in.
Highlights of the interior are the altar (1613, pic 2), the wood-carved pulpit, supported by a miner (1650, pic 5), the sandstone font from the early 16th century and several stunning epitaphs. The church was restored recently and is open daily in summer.
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Schloss Reinhardtsgrimma is a gem, almost always overlooked by tourists and hardly known among people in region. It is one of the typical rural Baroque/Rococco mansions that you often find in Saxony. It was built 2 years after the seven-years war was finished.
Architect was J. F. Knöbel; he also designed the Baroque garden. The original decoration is well preserved in some rooms: especially the garden room on the first floor and the Festsaal on the second floor are beautiful and worth to see. The latter has four paintings with scenes of landscapes (see pictures).
The garden was redesigned in English style in 1891. You're free to wander on the grounds, the mansion is open during working hours - it is a school for State employees nowadays.
A highlight are the concerts given in the Festsaal from time to time. See website below for dates.
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