Marienberg's parish church is located one block South of market square. The steeple and huge roof are impossible to overlook in the townscape, hence directions are unnecessary. The first church of the town was a wooden building which was soon substituted by a much larger stone church. Construction works began in 1558, completion took six years. At...more
The stained glass window in the choir behind the altar contains a vedoute of Marienberg. It shows the town under the rainbow and under the throne of Jesus Christ the Lord. On the left it shows a part of the town with the town hall, on the right there is the church and the orphanage. On both sides the rainbow touches ground within the town - now...more
The two almost lifesize figures of miners tell of Marienberg's tradition as a mining town. The two figures were part of the stalls for the members of the board of mines. Now they are standing on the stairs to the choir, one on the left, one on the right. (I have brough them together in the picture, which actually contains two separate photos.)The...more
The museum is actually named Museum sächsisch-böhmisches Erzgebirge (Museum of the Saxon-Bohemian Ore Mountains) but that would not fit into the headline... The museum presents the "biography", as they call it, of the town and the region. The history of the town and the area begins with Marienberg's foundation in 1521 and the mining activities in...more
At first sight the architecture in the streets of Marienberg may look rather plain but have a closer look at the doors of the houses. There are several that have preserved their original stone framings with elaborate stonemason ornaments. Renaissance doors can for example be found in Zschopauer Straße or Schulstraße. In one corner of the market...more
The new town was protected with a wall, towers and gates in the mid 15th century. Not much is left of these fortifications. Only one of the five gate towers still exists: Zschopauer Tor on the road that leads Northwest towards Zschopau. The big fires of the 17th century damaged also this gate tower. After repair and refurbishment it is now a rather...more
The market square marks the middle of the Renaissance city. It was planned as a vast wide square, and that's what it is. The 19th century planted a row of linden trees around it, modern times have added some benches and a fountain. Anyway, the impression is still that of a big empty space if there is nothing going on. The total size is 1.77...more
Calling this rather plain building a Schloss, , a palace, sounds somehow exaggerated. However, the present building is just a torso. Originally the palace had three storeys and a number of Renaissance gables. It served as hunting lodge for the Dukes, later Electors of Saxony, and also hosted the offices of the local representant of the government....more
The impressive town hall was built in Renaissance style not long after the foundation of the town, in 1537 - 1541. In the 17th century it was damaged badly by fires twice. Only the splendid portal is still original. The sundial and the mural of the Virgin mary, the town crest, are later additions.Apart from offices of the municipal administration,...more
Drei-Brueder-Hoehe 1, Marienberg, Saxony, 09496, Germany
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The food was precisely as expected: very good quality Russian Soljanka, somewhat adopted to DDR ( GDR ) taste.
That's what the people eat there for a quick lunch.
The total bill for two people did resemble good(?) old DDR prices: 4.35 Euro, drink (tea, of course - nothing alcoholic!) and bread included. And that in 2008.
Favorite Dish: Soljanka.
Marienberg is best reached by bus. The railway line up from the Flöha valley has been temporarily closed, then repaired, damaged again by the 2002 flood... It has in the meantime been repaired and reopened but train connections are infrequent due to lack of demand. Better use the buses. Bus lines connect the town with about everywhere in the surroundings at regular intervals. We travelled in from Annaberg on the 490, the ride took maybe half an hour.
The bus station in Marienberg is located as conveniently as can be: in market square, in the very heart of the city. You hop off the bus and you are there. Several bus stops line up around three sides of the big square. The stops are all numbered, if you want to catch a bus all you have to do is find the stop with the right number, which is easy but might require a few minutes of walking simply because the square is so big, so better not cut it too tight.
Tickets are sold by the bus drivers.
Marienberg is a small town located in the Saxonian Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains). It's approximately at 750m height above sea level and thus provides perfect weather conditions for cross-country skiing in wintertime. In the forests around Marienberg, plenty of skiing tracks can be found, ranging from 1km to 25km. Skis may be rented at the tourism centre in Marienberg-Gelobtland for a fee of 7 Euro, respectively 4 Euro for students.
Equipment: If you don't have skis, rent them at the tourism centre. Other stuff to bring includes warm clothing, gloves and (in case you're a beginner) a camera to photograph your wildest moves and funniest falls...
Marienberg is a Renaissance town with a regular ground plan. It was founded by Duke Heinrich der Fromme (the Pious) in 1521 on a plateau in the Erzgebirge forest, in a place where abundant ressources of silver ore had been discovered two years earlier. Ulrich Rülein von Calw designed the ground plan after the models of Italian Renaissance cities. Marienberg claims to be the first Renaissance town in Germany.
The shape of the old town is almost square (with the Southwestern corner cut off because of the topography of the grounds). The streets form a rectangular pattern. The centre of the town is the wide market square, the sides of the square have a length of about about 130 m.
Fondest memory: The Renaissance plan is entirely preserved. New buildings have been integrated in the historical plan. Apart from town hall and parish church, there are a lot of houses from the 16th century. Most of these show a rather plain architecture but have elaborate portals, for example in Zschopauer Straße.