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Ore Mountains

The Ore Mountains are one of a kind in Germany and considered to be one of the most stunning low mountain ranges in the country. Apart from its natural beauty, it is a region rich in history connected to the silver ore mining industry which goes back to the 12th century, with the last mines closing in the 1970ies. In 2019, this unique mining heritage was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Arts and crafts lovers should not miss the Ore Mountains during the festive season when it’s all about handmade wooden pyramids, candle arches, nutcrackers and other Christmas decorations that have become collector’s items around the world. You’re more the active type? No problem! Be it hiking, mountain biking or skiing, the Ore Mountains‘ great outdoors has something in store for every season.

Don’t miss: best of Ore Mountains

  • Get on the Pressnitztalbahn narrow gauge railway from Jöhstadt to Steinbach to enjoy a combination of historical flair and natural beauty at its best.

  • Built in the 16th century, Augustusburg Castle is considered one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Central Europe. Explore the castle museum and enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding area from the observation tower. Because of its imposing location and architecture, the castle is also known as the "Crown of the Ore Mountains".

  • Climb up Saxony's highest mountain onboard the Fichtelberg suspension railway: It’s 1,175 metres long, covers 303 metres in altitude and the ride takes 3.54 minutes, lots of fun and fascinating views included!

  • Explore Annaberg-Buchholz on a leisurely stroll to explore the historic mining town’s romantic old town, its narrow streets lined by magnificent houses and the majestic late-Gothic St. Anne´s Church.

  • To dive deep into the region‘s mining history visit one of the show mines, e.g., in Annaberg-Buchholz, Freiberg or Altenberg.

  • Full of sparkle and shine, terra mineralia in Freiberg Castle is the largest and most beautiful exhibition of minerals and natural treasures in Germany.

Special tip:

explore the Ore Mountains in winter

More than 70 lifts, over 1,000 kilometres of groomed trails, fresh air, and snow-covered forests – the Ore Mountains are a dream for winter sport fans and offer something for every taste, be it snowshoe outings, downhill or cross-country skiing and irrespective of whether you’re a beginner or pro. Icing on the cake are the atmospheric Christmas markets to be visited for warming Glühwein and local delicacies after a long day in the snow.

What to bring:

  • Skiing gear (or, alternatively, hire on the ground)

  • A bit of stamina

  • Open eyes for the beauty of the landscape

  • And the willingness to try as many Christmas delicacies as possible!

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