Kurort Oberwiesenthal Travel Guide

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Kurort Oberwiesenthal Things to Do

  • Mt. Fichtelberg

    Oberwiesenthal is located at the foot of Mt. Fichtelberg, with 1214 m the highest mountain in Eastern Germany. In a distance of about 6 km on the opposite side of the valley in the Czech Republic, is Mt. Klinovec (Keilberg in German, pic 2) which is with 1244 m the highest peak in the Erzgebirge mountains (Krusne hory in Czech).A cable car (pic 1)...

  • Ev.-Lutheran Martin-Luther-church

    The most remarkable building in town is the Ev.-Lutheran church. It was built 1863 - 66 in Neo-Gothic style, replacing the former Baroque church that was destroyed by the big fire in 1862. Only the two big chandeliers could be saved and are to see in the present church. I thought it was a beautiful church, bright, nice proportions, still with...

  • Old Town

    Oberwiesenthal's old town is nothing special, considering that there are outstanding towns like Annaberg, Marienberg or Schneeberg only a half hour away. Most of the townhouses date from after the big fire in 1862, which destroyed the Baroque church as well.However, the orthogonal layout of the old town is still preserved, with the square-shaped...

  • Ski Jumps In All Sizes

    Oberwiesenthal is a centre of skiing and it even has a ski jump. It was summer and there was nothing going on, but the buildings on the slope of Fichtelberg are impossible to overlook. The big jump is used for competitions. It has, however, a whole row of smaller siblings where beginners learn and more advanced jumpers practice until they are ready...

  • Best Photo Option of the Steam Train

    Photographers: If you want to catch the steam train in action, the most popular setting is the steel viaduct over the small valley just before the train enters Oberwiesenthal station. If you stand in the parking lot or on the hillside of the Oberwiesenthal side of the valley, not far from the station, you can take the perfect postcard...

  • Wildlife Observations

    My walk, or short hike, around Fichtelberg happened in the middle of the day and everything was rather busy. Nevertheless I had surprising encounters with small wildlife. It's worth keeping your eyes open.Not far from the summit a stout jumped across my path. Of course it was too quick and too far away for the camera, but close enough to be...

  • Klínovec

    Klínovec is Fichtelberg's bigger neighbour, with 1244 metres of altitude the highest elevation in the whole Ore Mountains. The German name is Keilberg. Klínovec is in the Czech Republic, the border runs right over the pass between the two mountains. Because of the additional altitude the summit of Klínovec can still be in cluds while the top of...

  • Market Square and the Distance Column

    Oberwiesenthal's market square is really square... Around it there are some hotels - even the former town hall has been turned into a hotel, it seems - and shops. The diagonal main street divides the square into halves. I especially liked the big candelabre-shaped street lantern in the middle of the square.Like any Saxon town, Oberwiesenthal has...

  • The Town

    Oberwiesenthal holds the record as Germany's highest town (914 m above sea level). It is a holiday resort and its main attractions are related to its surroundings. The town centre is sort of "off the beaten path" apart from hotels and souvenir shops. The architecture of the houses is hardly remarkable.Like most towns in the Ore Mountains...

  • Fichtelberg Tower

    The viewing tower offers, unlike any spot on the ground on the summit, a view in all directions. It is worth going up if weather conditions allow a clear view. No lift, only stairs. The voiewpoint on the top floor is behind windows which is not so good for photography but allows climbing the tower all year round, regardless of weather conditions,...

  • Fichtelberg

    Oberwiesenthal's house mountain is the highest elevation of the Ore Mountains on the German side with an altitude of 1215 metres above sea level. Only its neighbour Klínovec on the Czech side of the border has a few metres more. Fichtelberg is a sports and leisure ground any time of the year. In winter there is of course skiing, both dwonhill and...

  • Seiffen craft village

    The village of Seiffen, about half an hour by car eastward from Oberwiesenthal on the Czech border, is a good spot to go to, especially in december. It then offers a special "wooden crafts" Christmas market with a wide choice of wooden toys and other wooden decorations and tools, all locally produced.

  • Flower meadows

    Nearly everywhere around Oberwiesenthal you will find small hiking trails through immensely colourful flower meadows. These have become quite rare in other parts of Germany (usually substituted by more "useful" agrarian plants), but here they still exist. It's a wonderful sight: rolling hills with dots of violet, yellow, red, white, blue and...

  • On top of Fichtelberg

    Lucky you, if your visit to Fichtelberg takes place in beautiful weather conditions... The Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) which the area belongs to is not really famous for great weather, so be grateful if its highest point awards you with blazing sun and blue sky.We experienced none of that. Instead: fog, rain, storm, 5°C. Not quite the nicest weather...

  • Climb the Fichtelberg

    Fichtelberg is the highest point of Eastern Germany (1214m) and thereby a major tourist attraction in the area. Several hiking paths lead up the hill, so it's easy to ascend. For the lazier ones, there's also a parking lot on top of the hill. A nice little hike of 2km starts at the junction where the road to the top branches off of road B95. Stop...


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Kurort Oberwiesenthal Restaurants

  • Kiwis

    This place is a more recent (although a couple of years old) addition to Oberwiesenthal. What I had missed in the past was a place for the younger generation, more 'hip' and fashionable - I know that not everyone likes the rustic, traditional ambience. The Kiwis is that place. They call themselves "coffee lounge bar" - and that's spot on. You can...

  • Hotel Vierenstraße in Neudorf

    Our cross-country skiing tour (groomed trails) ended in Neudorf, some km north of Oberwiesenthal, in early afternoon. Originally the plan was to take the narrow-gauge steam train back, but due to repair works on the railroads the trains didn't run and we had to take a replacement bus. We decided to kill the time until departure by having a late...

  • Kaffee Enderlein

    This is another cafe/bakery/pastry shop that is located on the way to the ski area, but only a few steps from the Markt square. I liked this one very much, too, maybe for its somewhat quirky ambience. The interior reminded me a lot of the old communist era, not in a bad way, but more amusing. Obviously they kept the plastic decoration at the...

  • Kaffee König

    Since 1925 Kaffee König is a place where both locals and tourists meet to enjoy coffee and cake, relax and do some people watching. The location is perfect: Right half way from the Markt square to the ski area, only a minute from the skilifts. From the cafe you have an excellent view of the ski runs.Upon entering the house (entrance at...

  • Cafe Vienna

    The name of this cafe is quite confusing: The letters at the facade say "Cafe Vienna", but the advertisings say it's bakery and cafe "Schmiedl." I finally found out that family Schmiedel took over the old cafe Vienna a while ago. Anyway, this place is centrally located, right on the Markt square (lower end) and has a wonderful old-world charm. Upon...

  • Rotgiesserhaus

    Since we stayed here we also tested their restaurant one evening. I liked the ambience a lot. The restaurant is in the old part of the house, thus it is a bit rustic, cosy, has a big oven and wooden tables/stools/benches which makes for a really pleasant atmosphere. Service was very friendly and good.I had venison with dumplings and red cabbage -...


Kurort Oberwiesenthal Transportation

  • Cable Car

    A *must do* as well as a convenient mode of transportation is the cable car from Oberwiesenthal to the top of Mt. Fichtelberg (1214 m). It was opened in 1924 as the first of that kind in Germany. Elevation difference is 303 m, the cable car takes close to 4 minutes for the 1175 m long ride. Up to 44 passengers are transported in each of the two...

  • Driving

    I probably drove as often to Oberwiesenthal as I took the bus/train. The reason is that it takes too long for me to get from home to Chemnitz or Annaberg by public transportation, from where you can easily catch the bus. And if going for a long ski weekend with friends you simply have too much luggage incl. skis to drag with you, considering the...

  • Bus - VMS

    More frequently running and also better timed to other means of transport are the buses that connect Oberwiesenthal to Annaberg-Buchholz (where you can catch other trains/buses to Chemnitz or vice versa). Oberwiesenthal is in the VMS public transportation network that extends as far as Annaberg-Buchholz, Chemnitz, Zwickau and Freiberg. Day tickets...


Kurort Oberwiesenthal Local Customs

  • Christmas decorations

    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,...

  • Aprés ski

    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...

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    by PeteNL Updated Jan 8, 2004

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    If you haven't got enough of the Fichtelbergbahn, there is yet another vintage railway to discover nearby: the Pressnitztalbahn. having closed down in the 1970's, it has been rebuilt on a small stretch of about 8km from Jöhstadt to Steinbach.

    Both villages are situated some 10-15 km northeast of Oberwiesenthal, also in the Erzgebirge and close to the Czech border.

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Kurort Oberwiesenthal Sports & Outdoors

  • Cross-country skiing

    The region around Oberwiesenthal is excellent for cross-country skiing. They offer ca. 75 km of trails in the vicinity of the town alone. Some tracks start on the northern end of Oberwiesenthal, in walking distance from the base station of the cable car, others start at the top of Mt. Fichtelberg (access by cable car or bus A) and extend on the...

  • Ski jumping

    A sports activitiy that most of us tourists will only watch, not actively do, is ski jumping. Oberwiesenthal has some ski jumps, the biggest one built in 1974, which are used for training and international tournaments. The best view of the ski jumps is from the cable car (pics 3 and 4).The most famous native Oberwiesenthal ski jumping athlete is...

  • Ice skating

    There is an ice rink right by the base station of the skilifts, only a minute or so from the town. On pic 1 you can see it is well maintained and rather large. A service point with rental shop is right there, too.Admission is 4 Euro per adult for 2 hours - rather steep fee IMO. Skates rental cost additional 2 Euro.


Kurort Oberwiesenthal Favorites

  • Snow and Ice

    The Erzgebirge mountains, although only mid-range mountains, are quite snow reliable (exception in 2013/14 so far, just like anywhere in Germany) and with Oberwiesenthal / Fichtelberg / Klinovec area being the highest region in the Erzgebirge it is most likely you'll find snow there from November through March, sometimes even in April. This is...

  • ErzgebirgsCard

    This discount card is of interest to visitors who want to see a lot in the area. This card offers free entry to about 100 attractions all over the Ore Mountains region. Due to the distances between these places you'll only be able to use a fraction of these. Anyway, with some planning it pays.There are two varieties available: one which is valid...

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