Green, creative and full of tunes – the Vogtland region in southwest Saxony has a long tradition of musical instrument making and to this day, you can see how violins, tubas or trombones are manufactured by hand. Another centuries-old tradition, that of lacemaking, has also survived in this part of Saxony: Head to the small town of Plauen and visit Germany’s only lace museum to learn all about this craft. Not enough, the region’s green forests and hills are perfect for hiking, cycling and mountain biking. And for relaxation and recharging, the spa towns of Bad Elster and Bad Brambach are just the ticket.
Vogtland tips for you
The Markneukirchen Musical Instrument Museum, one of the worldwide oldest of its kind, has a stunning collection of more than 4,000 instruments going back 350 years.
Get on your bikes: At Bikewelt Schöneck, a wide range of trails awaits mountain bikers, including a daredevil “Roll & Rock” downhill track and a practice course for beginners.
Discover Plauen on a stroll from the Old Town Hall past St. Johannis and Luther Church to the Vogtland Museum, and don’t miss Germany's only lace museum, dedicated to the centuries-old tradition of the famous Plauen lace.
The Tannenberg mine southeast of Plauen is Saxony’s coldest visitor mine. The trip underground will impress – just don’t forget to wrap up warm!
Here are some interesting specs for you: 26 million (!) bricks artfully arranged on top of each other, five years of construction and a height of 78m. The 19th century Göltzschtal Bridge is not just the largest brick-built bridge in the world but also unusually beautiful. Don’t miss!
For some, ski jumping is a peculiar sport. However, not in this part of the world where the Vogtland Arena ski jump features some of the most modern architecture among World Cup hills and has seen many of this sport’s best competing. The 35-m-high ski jump can also be visited in summer.
When travelling to the Vogtland region, don’t forget your …
… hiking boots!
No less than five Vogtland hiking trails have been awarded with a special German quality label (“Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland“), given only to trails that fulfil certain criteria for top hiking experiences:
Ore Mountains-Vogtland Ridgeway
Zeulenroda Dam Trail