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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Ok, I'll admit it: I have a sweet tooth. On an earlier visit to Glashütte I ate two pieces of cake at Bakery Lehmann (only one or two tables in the shop), which is farther up the main street. The owner himself was behind the counter and we had a pleasant talk about ingredients for bread and cakes ... he is totally opposed to all the modern chemical...more
Right on the main street in Glashütte is a bakery shop with two tables, run by the Degenkolbe family. They look back at a tradition of more than 120 years in the bakery business, the main place is in Schlottwitz, some km down the valley.Their cakes, cookies and pastries are to die for. I was quite hungry (lunchtime), so I had a roll with salami and...more
Of course you can drive to Glashütte. But it is a hassle. The drive along the Müglitz valley is scenic, but the road is curvy and narrow, you can hardly pass a slow driving truck or bus, thus the train is faster. The roads from neighbouring valleys over the mountains are even worse. Also, parking is Glashütte is limited to two hours (free), then...more
Right next to the train station in Glashütte is also the central bus terminal. It is surprisingly large for a small town, there are numerous stands from which buses leave to the surroundings. You can take buses to Dresden, Dippoldiswalde, Altenberg ... all of them running via small towns and villages, not the direct routes. Many of them are meant...more
Glashütte is easily accessible by train. A regional train, operated by Städtebahn Sachsen, runs once per hour on weekdays, once every other hour on weekends/holidays up and down the whole Müglitztal valley between Heidenau and Altenberg. Glashütte is half way, trains going up and the others going down the valley meet there. In Heidenau you change...more
Of course, a monument for the initiator of the watchmaking industry in Glashütte is a *must*. It is vis-a-vis the church, right in the centre of the town.
Ferdinand Adolph Lange was born 18 Feb 1815 in Dresden and died 3 Dec 1875 in Glashütte. At the age of 15 he enrolled in the Dresden Tech College (now Tech University), then was trainee at the Royal Court Watchmaker's workshop. From 1837 on he traveled France, Switzerland and the UK, learning and studying at the best watchmakers of the time. Famous watchmaker Joseph Thaddäus Winnerl in Paris offered him a life-long job, but Lange declined and returned to Dresden in 1841. He started his first small watchmaking manufacture with a partner right away. In 1845 he formed another enterprise, A. Lange, Dresden, together with his brother-in law and financial support of the state Saxony. In 1868 it was renamed A. Lange & Söhne, after his first son joined the company. After a bad time during the communist era the manufacture was revived and is now thriving again.
F. A. Lange was not only a successful entrepreneur, he also established a school for watchmakers in Glashütte and encouraged the best co-workers and graduates to form their own manufactures. He developed high precision tools and measurement devices, too, crucial for high quality watchmaking.
Farther up the Müglitz valley, about 5 km/one train stop from Glashütte, is this old mill and bakery. They can look back at a tradition of more than 100 years. Its combination of mill and bakery in a co-op is unique in Germany. They only use crop from the regional farmers, water from their own spring, and no preservatives, colouring, chemical stuff...more
One of the villages that are part of the municipality Glashütte is Johnsbach, located in a side valley farther up toward the main crest of the Erzgebirge mountains. I use to drive this road as shortcut when I go cross-country skiing.It is a pretty village (pic 5), nice for a walk, no real highlights to see there, but the parish church is...more