Every town in the Erzgebirge has a pyramid (or two, or three ...) that is positioned on a main street or square during Advent/Christmas season. Schwarzenberg has two of them, of those the so called Krauss pyramid is a really exceptional beauty.Entrepreneur F. E. Krauss had the idea of putting up such a pyramid on a square in town in 1930. On the...more
In 1937 was an exhibit in Schwarzenberg, called "Feierohmd-Schau". The porcelain manufacture Meissen participated and sent a wooden three-storey bell tower with 27 little bells of Meissen porcelain, the whole thing in a sort of pyramid-shape as they are manufactured in the Erzgebirge. After the exhibit the bells returned to Meissen.However, Emil...more
If you're interested in the town's history you have an easy option: Right in the old town, by the carillon, corner Obere/Untere Schlossstraße, are pictures on a wall telling the major events in the history of Schwarzenberg.All in all I counted 12 pictures. Sorry for the crappy quality of the pictures, but it was already quite dark and I was in a...more
Together with the neighbouring castle the parish church St. Georgen is the landmark of Schwarzenberg. Like the castle it was erected on the cliff above the river bend, on the eastern end of the old town.The church was built 1690 - 99 according to plans of Johann Georg Roth from nearby Lößnitz by local master-builders. The interior is very beautiful...more
The oldest building in Schwarzenberg is the donjon of the castle. It goes back to 1150, first mentioned in a document in 1212. The castles sits on a cliff above a river bend (pic 5), easily accessible only from the western side where the old town is (pic 1). From the castle the pass road over the Erzgebirge mountains from Leipzig via Zwickau to...more
The market square is the main square of the old town. Unfortunately it is used as a parking lot. Around it there are some shops and cafes, restaurants and eateries. The old town hall was the seat of the municipal administration until 1880. Since then the mayor and his staff have resided in the new, larger town hall down in the valley. The present...more
The parish church of the town has the most spectacular interior in Schwarzenberg. The church is in close vicinity to the castle and served both as parish church for the town and court church for the palace. The present church was built in 1690-1699. It substituted an older church in market square that had become too small, and probably also too...more
This art nouveau town house is a bit like a paradise bird in Schwarzenberg's old town. Or better: a paradise garden, because the facade is decorated all over with branches and leaves. Trees 'grow' on the tower-like oriels on the corners.The name of the owner was Baumgärtner (Baumgärtel? Something like that), which translates to "tree gardener". He...more
The small tower in the little square were Untere and Obere Schlossstraße meet contains a musical surprise behind the blinds of its windows: a glockenspiel. Four times a day, at 9.00, 11.00, 14.00 and 17.00 the blinds open and the bells play one of their melodies. The bells are made from Meißen china.The bells were first made in the 1930s. In the...more
The oldest part of the castle is the keep which dates back to the 12th century. The medieval castle was the seat of a local noble family. In the 16th century the Electors of Saxony bought the castle and the territory from them. The castle was refurbished and turned into a hunting palace in the 1550s. In 1875 an additional wing was built for offices...more
Schwarzenberg has its botanical speciality: the so-called Schwarzenberger Edelweiß. This white flower is in fact no Edelweiß but a Tanacetum species, a wildflower that originates on the Iberian peninsula. In the 19th century seeds were brought to Schwarzenberg among imported bark of cork oak. The plant happily settled in the new surroundings,...more
Schwarzenberg's old town is located on top and slopes of a hill that ends in a steep rock promontory, perfect location for a castle. The ground plan of the upper town on the ridge is a ponted triangle formed by the two streets that lead towards the castle, with the market square and street as base. Most houses date from the 19th century, after the...more
This lovely little place is a mix of restaurant, art gallery and shop. It is located in an old house that goes back to 1709. A fire destroyed the upper floor in 1824, so it had to be reconstructed.
The guests sit at wooden tables surrounded by all sorts of artisan's products: woodcarving works, pottery, Christmas items, table cloth/linen ... it's very rustic, and perfectly gemütlich.
it is family run and they are super friendly, joking all the time, attentive and quick.
Favorite Dish: I had local Stollen and hot chocolate. Excellent. Prices are average, which means inexpensive.
Open Mon - Fri 10 - 18 h, on weekends and holidays upon request and during special events like Christmas market.
My favourite mode of transportation and that of most other visitors is - walking. You basically have no other option if you want to explore the old town. Right by the "main" train station is a map and the sights are signposted.I found the walk to the old town to be quite pleasant. At first it's flat in the valley along nice houses from early 20th...more
A few years ago a modern funicular was built. It starts in the Vorstadt district, at a parking down in the valley, and runs up to the cliff on which the old town is. The upper station is right between castle and parish church.I didn't take it, so no personal experience. However, it looked like fun and it saves you the walk uphill in case you parked...more
Right by the "main" railway station is also the bus terminal. It's quite big and thankfully covered with a big roof ... see picture :-)The bus is a good option to get around, although it does not exactly run to the old town. Bus "B" runs to a stop close by ("Schule"), at least you save yourself the walk uphill. Much more important are buses for...more
The Ore Mountains are Christmas country and Schwarzenberg is one of the most traditional centres. I have not (yet?) been there during Advent season, unfortunately - this is on my wish list. Reminders of this most festive part of the year can be spotted all year round in town, though. The Schwibbögen have already been described.Schwarzenberg was...more
There are several places in and around Schwarzenberg related to legends. One of them is Totenstein, a mountain that you pass on your way from the train to the old town, thus I mention it here. That's how the legend goes:Once upon a time a lindworm lived on the Totenstein mountain above Schwarzenberg, feared by the locals. Then, one day, a knight...more
The highlight of the Christmas market, the culmination, so to speak, is the miners' parade on Saturday before 3rd Advent. These miners' parades are done in many towns in the Erzgebirge, lately even in biggers cities outside the region like Dresden, Chemnitz etc. However, nothing beats a parade in the dark, lit by many lights and sometimes even...more
Snow adds to the magic of Advent season, especially in a cute town like Schwarzenberg. However, there is something like too much snow at once. When I visited the Christmas market in Schwarzenberg in 2012 they had roughly a half metre of snow on the ground - and it kept snowing.
The major roads and sidewalks were cleared of snow as good as possible, but it was still slippery. See the poor guy on pics 1+2! And then there are the smaller paths that are not cleared of snow - see pic 3 with the sign stating exactly that and that you "walk on your own risk" here. To clarify: these are only few and only small paths that lead off the main streets and often to sights that you wouldn't visit in winter anyway. Yet, be careful!
What I totally love about these towns and villages in the Erzgebirge are the Christmas decorations. They put up oversized pyramids, wooden figures and candle arches on public squares, along the streets, and they decorate the facades of the houses with them. Pic 1 has the candle arch that greets you near the 'main' railway station, pic 2 shows the...more
At the end of World War II, when the allied powers occupied Germany, for some unknown reason neither Soviets nor Americans felt responsible the district of Schwarzenberg. This piece of land on the Czech border was not occupied by anyone for several weeks. Problems were enormous. There was no supply coming in, no food, no petrol, nothing to cover...more