Olbernhau Travel Guide

  • mascots of Olbernhau, Markt square
    mascots of Olbernhau, Markt square
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    Markt square
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  • view toward Erzgebirge mountains main crest
    view toward Erzgebirge mountains main...
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Olbernhau Things to Do

  • Saigerhütte Grünthal

    This complex of non-ferrous metallurgy, founded in 1537, is the only one preserved in Europe from that era. It is an outstanding example of metallurgy not only for technical, but also for social aspects. Beside the forge and other technical sites, there are also the homes of the workers preserved, the school building, the old inn, the former...

  • Parish church Oberneuschönberg

    Shortly after the 30-years war, when massive recatholization started in Bohemia, many protestants (called "Exulanten") emigrated from there to neighbouring Saxony. These Exulanten were very welcome, not only because they were of the same religion as the ev.-Lutheran Saxons, but also because so many people had died in the war and growth - of...

  • Museum

    Right on the Markt square is the former manor, a complex of several buildings with a small, nice park attached in the back. The main house is home of the town's museum since 2002, when the restoration of the building was finished. I was totally surprised how big, interesting and comprehensive the permanent exhibit is! Topics are history, nature,...

  • City church

    The ev.-Lutheran city church was built in 1590 as a hall-type church without choir, typical for a protestant church. The hall has very good proportions, is bright and nicely decorated. The beautiful main altar is from 1641, the painting (onto a copper plate) depicting the Last Supper in two scenes after a motif by Albrecht Dürer, was done by...

  • Markt square

    The town centre is marked by the triangular Markt square (see also the main intro picture). It is lined by remarkable buildings: First, there's the ev.-Lutheran city church with the steeple on the northern point (pic 1, see separate tip), next to it on the western side is the former manor, a complex of old buildings that forms a large courtyard,...

  • Market Square, Church and Museum

    Market square is the heart of the little town. Unfortunately the Christmas market was already finished when I visited but three big woodcarved figures were still there. The triangular square (huh?) points towards the baroque church (which was closed). Parish website in GermanNext to it, the museum is located in a former manor. It presents history...


Olbernhau Hotels

  • Hotel Saigerhuette

    In der Hutte 4 und 9, Olbernhau, Saxony, 09526, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Zum Poppschen Gut

    Zum Poppschen Gut 5, Olbernhau, 9526, de

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Olbernhau Transportation

  • Bus

    The town has a large bus station between the town centre and the railway station "Olbernhau". There are bus stops all over the town, at the Markt square, railway station etc., but not all the buses stop at those. Be careful about the correct name of the bus stop, I know at least one VTer who spent an additional hour in Olbernhau because the desired...

  • Railway

    Olbernhau is easily accessible by railway. The Erzgebirgsbahn, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, operates the rail route from Chemnitz to Olbernhau, which connects to other the railway line to Annaberg-Buchholz (-Cranzahl) in Flöha. Travellers from Dresden also change at Flöha to get to Olbernhau.There are four stations in Olbernhau: Blumenau,...

  • Train and Bus Connections: including...

    Olbernhau is a transport 'hub' for the central Ore Mountains. It is the end of the train line. To reach places further up, for example Seiffen, you have to change to buses, either at Olbernhau Bahnhof or Olbernhau-Grünthal which is a different station. The Saxony Ticket is valid on the buses, too.In theory, this works well. However, there are a few...


Olbernhau Local Customs

  • The mascots of the town

    Probably every visitor of Olbernhau will take notice of three figures that stand on the Markt square, vis-a-vis from the church steeple: Nutcracker, little rider and gingerbread woman. They were created in 1935 and put up there for the first time in Advent in 1951. All three of them have a history with strong ties to Olbernhau, which goes back much...

  • Christmas market etc. during Advent

    The Erzgebirge mountains are *the* German Christmas county and Olbernhau is one of its centres. Lots of Christmas item manufactures have their homes in Olbernhau and nearby Seiffen, Wendt & Kühn which make the famous angel figures are only some km down the valley. So it's only logical that Olbernhau is well worth visiting during Advent resp....

  • Traditional Woodcarving Figures of...

    Olbernhau is part of the Erzgebirge woodcarving country. Everyone talks about Seiffen but all the other places in the area also have their workshops of toy-makers and woodcarvers. Olbernhau's woodcarvers have created three traditional figures which are typical for this place: Nussknacker (Nutcracker), Reiterlein (Little Rider) and ...


Olbernhau Off The Beaten Path

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    Art Nouveau

    by german_eagle Updated Dec 26, 2015

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    I was quite surprised to see a couple of buildings in Art Nouveau style in this town, tucked away in the mountains. One of them is the TIVOLI, cultural centre of Olbernhau, a theatre, concert hall and ballroom. It was built in 1906, after a fire destroyed the previous building. It was restored in 2004. Address is Gerberstr. 10, right by the river, but on the opposite side from the old town. For more info on events see their website.

    Another building worth a look is the home of photographer Jens Spahn with a facade decorated in Art Nouveau style (pics 3, 4, 5). It's on Albertstraße, close to the Markt square.

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