Schneeberg Travel Guide

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Schneeberg Things to Do

  • Fürstenplatz

    Separated from Markt square only by the town hall, the Fürstenplatz is the other main square in the old town. As the name indicates (Fürst - prince) it was the square where the noble people, the leading families of Schneeberg and even the Elector Duke of Saxony built their houses. Most buildings at this square were also destroyed in the big fire...

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  • Markt square

    The centre of the town is formed by Markt and Fürstenplatz squares, only separated by the town hall. Markt square is where the markets and festivals are held, from Christmas market to Bergstreittag with parades, food markets and such.Schneeberg was not a "planned" town, when silver was found mines were opened all over the hill where now St....

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  • Town hall

    The town hall is the dominating building in the centre of the town. It separates the squares Markt and Fürstenplatz. The present building is a reconstruction in neo-Gothic style from 1851/52 after a fire which destroyed the Baroque town hall from 1723. The tower has the crest of the town, a coloured cast iron piece from 1852, depicting John Baptist...

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  • Folk Art Museum

    Since 1934 the Folk Art Museum in Schneeberg has its home in one of the most beautiful Baroque townhouses, the so called "Borthenreutherhaus". The building alone is worth a visit, erected 1724/25 by architect Johann Christoph Naumann from Dresden for a wealthy bobbin lace merchant.Highlight are the exhibits on folk art from the Erzgebirge, of...

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  • Cranach altar in St. Wolfgang

    The most valuable work of art in St. Wolfgang is the Cranach altar, a donation of the Saxon Elector Duke Johann Friedrich and his co-ruler Johann Ernst. It was created 1531 - 39 in the Cranach workshop in Wittenberg.The fact that it is one of the earliest altars depicting the theology of Lutheran reformation gives it high significance far beyond...

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  • St. Wolfgang church

    This church, built 1516 - 40 according to plans of Hans Meltwitz von Torgau on the highest point of the old town, is *the* landmark of Schneeberg. It is also the youngest of the late Gothic hall-type churches in Saxony, thus marking the final point of this kind of churches.It is basically a three-nave church, but you hardly realise it. The...

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  • Mining Traditions

    Schneeberg was founded in 1471 during the big "silver rush" in the Ore Mountains. The ressources of silver that were found here were among the richest in the whole of Germany. The annual miners parade on July 22 commemorates the Bergstreit in 1496/98 when miners went on strike and fought for better wages. Mining traditions are valued high and...

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  • Markt and Fürstenplatz

    Like many cities and towns in Saxony Schneeberg has two main squares. Markt, the market 'square', is rather a long triangle than a square. Fürstenplatz is almost a regular rectangle. The town hall is the joint between the two squares.The buildings around the squares are mostly baroque, new buildings that were erected after the big fire of 1719. The...

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  • Rathaus - Town Hall

    The town hall in the middle separates the two market squares. Schneeberg's town hall had two precedessors. The 16th century town hall burned down in the big fire of 1719. It was substituted immediately after by a baroque building, which was destroyed by another fire in 1849. The present town hall was completed in 1852. Its appearance, especially...

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Schneeberg Transportation

  • Driving

    Of course you can drive to Schneeberg. Roads are well maintained, usually also quickly cleared after snowfall. It's only a 15-20 minutes drive from the A 72 motorway exit "Zwickau Ost" along major road B 93 to Schneeberg (see pics 4, 5)However, a word of warning: In winter driving can be a problem. After really heavy snowfall (the pictures were...

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  • Public Transportation

    Schneeberg is easily accessible by public transportation. Some buses connect the town directly with Zwickau (#360), other buses take you - frequently - to Aue, the neighbouring town in the Mulde valley, where you change to train to Zwickau or Chemnitz, or up the river valley to Schwarzenberg, Johanngeorgenstadt, a couple of times per day even to...

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Schneeberg Shopping

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    Original Erzgebirge Christmas items

    by german_eagle Written Nov 17, 2013

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    What to buy: There is no shortage of shops selling the products of local/regional craftsmen and artisans in Schneeberg. I found they have an excellent selection of pyramids, candle arches, miner and angel figures, nutcrackers etc.

    Of course there are stalls selling this stuff on the Christmas market, but you have more variety in the shops at Markt square and in the side streets. During Advent season you can even watch artisans/craftsmen woodcarving and turning etc. in some places.

    Of course they do not only manufacture Christmas items - have a look at their Easter items and wooden toys as well. There is a larger selection of those available in summer, of course. In winter the focus is on Christmas items.

    What to pay: Prices are reasonable. I thought that especially for the large pieces, like multi-story pyramids you can make bargains here. Still, for such a beauty you easily pay several hundred Euros, depending on the figures on the pyramid.

    Smaller ones, like nutcrackers or candle-holders are in the one- to two-digit Euro range, a nice souvenir if you don't want to spend much.

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Schneeberg Local Customs

  • Klöppeln - bobbin lace making

    Schneeberg is one of the centres of bobbin lace making in the Erzgebirge. I know of at least four private teachers and two bigger associations where you can take classes and learn doing this yourself. The Fakultät Angewandte Kunst (College of Applied Art) Schneeberg, a department of the Westsächsische Hochschule (College of Applied Science) Zwickau...

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  • Christmas market

    Schneeberg is one of those Erzgebirge towns where Advent and Christmas season are pure magic. The Christmas market takes place on Markt square and is open from Saturday before 1st Advent till 4th Advent.Of course there is the usual pyramid, Schneeberg's one being particularly beautiful IMO - see pics 4 (from 2008) and 5 (from 2012). The stage is...

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Schneeberg Off The Beaten Path

  • Schnorr house

    The townhouse Markt 15, on the upper end of Markt square toward St. Wolfgang church, was the home of the Schnorr von Carolsfeld family. From 1620 on this noble family owned mines and hammer mills in and around Schneeberg. One of the interesting members of the family for Schneeberg was Veit Hans Schnorr von Carolsfeld The Elder who was born in 1614....

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  • Schmeil house

    One of the most beautiful townhouses is the so called "Schmeil house", built 1737 using the remains of an earlier townhouse that was badly damaged in the fire 1719. The plans were probably drawn by Johann Christoph Naumann again, the magnificent stucco works are definitely works of artisans from the Elector Duke's court in Dresden (Johann Joachim...

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  • Hospitalkirche

    This small church is located on the opposite hill of the old town, seen from the main church St. Wolfgang, at the northern end of Fürstenplatz. It is named after the hospital that was opened here, next to the cemetery. The church was erected 1567 - 75, damaged in the big fire 1719 and reconstructed 1737 - 39. The two steeples are from...

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