"Altenberg / Erzgebirge" Altenberg by german_eagle

Altenberg Travel Guide: 52 reviews and 256 photos

The small town Altenberg is the "hub" for the Upper parts of the Eastern Erzgebige, located at an elevation of 754 m and conveniently accessible by train or bus from Dresden (slightly more than an hour).

Altenberg itself is an old mining town, first mentioned in the 14th century. Due to devastations in several wars there is nothing special about the architecture in town, but the surrounding landscape is very beautiful - a paradise for all sorts of winter sports and hiking/biking etc. in summer.

Nearby you find the famous bob- and sledding run where world cups and other championships take place. Definitely fun to visit - you can even do a ride yourself.

While Altenberg itself doesn't offer architectural gems the surrounding does! There are castles (Lauenstein, Frauenstein, Weesenstein), picturesque small towns like Lauenstein, Geising, Bärenstein and cute villages not far from Altenberg.

Not to forget are the relicts of mining (Erzgebirge means Ore mountains!). A special sight is the "Pinge", a huge hole, a result of extensive mining. When a number of pits crashed in 1620 the hole had a size (surface) of only 1.25 ha, now it is 22 ha!

Of course there are beautiful natural sights in the near surroundings as well: Mt. Geising e.g. with excellent views and rare wildflowers (protected area), the botanical garden in nearby Schellerhau. Well enough to keep you busy for a week of vacation!

This page provides information about the Eastern Erzgebirge, the region south of Dresden, with Altenberg as the central town. I use to visit this area frequently in winter for cross-country skiing. Sometimes I also stay overnight with friends, so you'll also find some accomodation/restaurant tips here.

If you're interested in the region you might have a look at these pages on nearby towns here on VT also:

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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    We did not get that far on our trip but wanted to-maybe not in winter but you ski and I slide down on by bottom. Good show

  • Apr 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    seems to be nice place for outdoor activity

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Looks like a good place for winter activities and gourmets :-)

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Winter wonderland indeed! Nevertheless I'd prefer going without skis...

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Your winter trip looking like a fairytale wonderland. We hope to get some time there for our trip to Dresden in May 2011, and the plan is still on, but I need a hip replacement first. We just returned form 3 weeks in warm Phoenix arizona.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Erzgebirge looks really great in winter ! an interesting page with lots of new places for me to see, when coming again to Saxony !

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2006 at 10:51 AM

    Fabulous snowy updates... it looks like you are becoming a VT addict ...you start taking photos of every meal you eat ....hey, cross country skiing is even funnier when drinking wine before ... I would like to take a trip on the Muglitztalbahn ... :-)

  • Feb 19, 2006 at 4:03 AM

    Guten Morgen. I am hoping to visit this area of Germany in Dec - excellent accommodation tips! Vielen Dank, Maria :)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2006 at 1:40 AM

    Is this where you went cross-country skiing? Looks great!

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