Weather - Inversion
As expected in the mountains, the weather can be quite different from the flat lands and the big cities. This can be positive or negative - when I visited in February 2015 it was an amazing, unforgettable experience. I was told this happens relatively often in winter, a few times in fall, too.
It was an inversion weather situation. This means that a stable high pressure area made the cold air sink down to the flat lands - no wind! Between the cold air in the valleys/flat lands and the warmer air up on the mountains a sort of clouds/fog developed. Result was that the cities were stuck under the fog/clouds in grey, depressing weather with high humidity and relatively cold temperatures while the mountain tops were above the clouds/fog, had sunny, mild and very dry weather with extremely clear views. A regional specialty is that on the Czech side of the mountains, the cities in the so called Bohemain basin, the clouds/fog stick until the weather situation changes radically, while it gets better on the German side after a couple of days. And that's how it was when I visited: The clouds/fog on the German side mostly gone, but thick on the Czech side with a limit at about 900 - 1000 m elevation. Makes for amazing pictures!
The data for Mt. Fichtelberg (official weather observation station) on the day I visited were:
Temperature: +5.1 Celsius (41 F)
Wind: South with 20-27 kmph (questionable, I hardly noticed any wind)
View: 150 km (94 miles) !!!
Snow depth: 90 cm (35 inches)
Like all the towns in the Erzgebirge mountains, Oberwiesenthal is beautifully decorated during Advent and Christmas season. Just before 1st Advent they put up the wooden pyramid with woodcarved figures on the Markt square (pic 1), accompanied with a festive ceremony, music and choral singing. People get out other typical Christmas items, manufactured in the Erzgebirge mountains, from the storage and decorate windows and facades with them (pics 3, 4, 5).
Most impressive is probably the nativity scene with over 200 figures in Martin-Luther-church (detail pic 2), a work of Christian Karl Friedrich Hertelt (1837-1921), local painter and woodcarver, from 1896. The nativity scene is on display from December through February. Btw, Hertelt was a quite famous carver of nativity scenes, his works were sold to the Royal courts in Dresden and Amsterdam e.g.
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As usual in ski resorts, Aprés Ski is very popular. After skiing (or for a nice break) people take a seat at the sunny terraces of restaurants, have a drink (or two ...), listen to music, chat ... and flirt :-)
On the picture you see my favourite Aprés Ski spot in Oberwiesenthal, the restaurant Prijut 12. It is located vis-a-vis from the cable car station at the end of the ski runs. Nice, lively ambience there, not too crazy.
What is very unusual here: You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks during the day. Not even many guests take this chance since the drinks are very good and the food is even better!
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