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Annaberg-Buchholz

The mining town of Annaberg-Buchholz in the Ore Mountains near the border to the Czech Republic was founded around 1500 after silver deposits were discovered. Today, visitors can enjoy splendid town houses, the majestic St. Anne’s Church, visitor mines and museums – take a look at our tips for a great weekend in town!

Day 1 in Annaberg-Buchholz: Friday

Arrival, check in and off you go. The best thing to do is to get a first overview of the town‘s sights and then visit one of the local highlights right away.

Verschiedene Flyer in der Tourismusinformation© Stadt Annaberg-Buchholz

3 pm: Tourist Office

When on your first leisurely stroll, we’re quite confident that Annaberg-Buchholz’s historic old town will enchant you at first glance. Stop by the tourist information in a pedestrianised zone next to the market square and find lots of handy information ready and waiting for you.
Famile bewundert die Ausstellungsräume der Manufaktur der Träume© BUR Werbeagentur

3.30 pm: "Factory of Dreams"

A first highlight awaits you in the same building as the tourist information: The "Factory of Dreams" invites you on a playful journey of discovery through the world of the Ore Mountains. On three floors, you will find interactive displays featuring figures of fairy tale creatures, animals, miners, angels, and historical toys. A wonderful showcase of the region’s unique handcrafted wooden folk art!
Familie beobachtet die Herstellung von Pralinen© BUR Werbeagentur

5.30 pm: Museum café

Still in the museum, we suggest a break at the onsite "Schokoguschl", probably the most beautiful café in Annaberg-Buchholz and a haven for chocolate lovers. Guest can watch how the delicious chocolates are being made, enjoy a (generous) slice of chocolate cake, and buy some of the goodies in the integrated shop.
Ein Gericht aus gold gebackenen, gestampften oder geriebenen Kartoffeln © Marcel Drechsler

6 pm: Dinner

Annaberg-Buchholz’s restaurants are truly hospitable places. Get a directory at the tourist information and find something to your liking. For German speakers, we recommend the fabulous "Erb-Gerichte" cookbook with recipes, songs, poems, and stories, for a culinary journey through the Ore Mountains.

Day 2 in Annaberg-Buchholz: Saturday

Today, you’ll learn everything worth knowing on a guided city tour. After visiting the imposing St. Anne's Church, another highlight follows – underground… 

Stadtführung in historischen Gewändern© Stadt Annaberg-Buchholz

11 am: Guided City Tour

Trust your guide to be extremely knowledgeable about Annaberg-Buchholz, including the latest gossip. They will take you through the old town and tell you the stories of the beautiful historic houses. You can also join an evening tour with a night watchman.
Kunstvoll verzierter Innenraum der Kirche© Marcel Weidlich, 360grad-team.com

12 pm: St. Anne's Church

St. Anne’s Church is an important stop on your guided tour. The late Gothic church is considered a landmark of the city. With a bit of luck, you can even listen to the sound of the recently restored Walcker organ from 1884 with its over 4000 pipes and 65 stops. The pulpit designed by the sculptor Franz Maidburg is also well worth seeing.
Festmahl mit verschiedenen Gerichten wie beispielsweise rote Beete, Pilze, Bratwürste und Linsen© Marcel Drechsler

12.30 pm: lunch

For lunch, try the traditional Ore Mountains "Neinerlaa" dish, consisting of nine elements, including fried sausage, sauerkraut, lentil soup and more. This will definitely keep you going until tonight. By the way, each part of the meal has a special meaning, for example, the sauerkraut symbolises keeping life from turning sour.
Zwei Kinder laufen mit Helmen und Taschenlampe durch den Stollen© Dirk Rueckschloss

1.30 pm: "Dorothea" visitor mine

How about going underground now? In the local visitor mines you can learn more about the town’s mining heritage which goes back almost 500 years. We particularly recommend the "Dorothea-Stolln" mine: Its medieval passage systems have been preserved in their original state.
Voll funktionstüchtiges historisches Hammerwerk mit Wasserkraftantrieb aus dem 17. Jh. © Dirk Rueckschloss

3 pm: Frohnauer Hammer Museum

Frohnauer Hammer is a historic hammer mill and the oldest of its kind in Germany. It is part of the UNESCO-listed Ore Mountains/Krušnohoří Mining Region and the museum is an absolute must-visit when in Annaberg-Buchholz.

Day 3 in Annaberg-Buchholz: Sunday

Before it is time to leave, we have two more highlights for you: A morning walk is good for body and soul, and afterwards there's something for the mind – in a museum dedicated to a true mathematical genius.

Blick über Annaberg-Buchholz mit der Sankt Annenkirche© Tom Koppe

10 am: Morning Walk

First, a good German breakfast and then you’re off on a walk around the 850-metre-high Pöhlberg mountain east of Annaberg-Buchholz, enjoying some great views along the way.
Ausstellungsräume des Museums© Matthias Foerster

12 pm: Adam Ries Museum

The Adam Ries Museum, dedicated to the famous German mathematician, is your last stop. From 1522 onwards, he was a headmaster in Annaberg and his former home is now a veritable treasure trove of the art of arithmetic, displaying important algebra manuscripts and more.

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