"Freiberg in Saxony" Freiberg by german_eagle

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Freiberg in Saxony (not Freiburg im Breisgau!) is located at the foot of the Erzgebirge mountains, in short distance to Dresden. Population is almost 50'000.

First settlements in the area are proved for the year 1156, but the first time the name "Freiberg" appears is in 1202. As the legend says, silver was found in the area in 1168 which caused a boom in the development of the town. The mining industry was base for the wealth of the state Saxony, and of course some of that remained in Freiberg itself.

While strolling through the charming old town you will see plenty of interesting townhouses, built in past centuries - Renaissance and Baroque style mostly. Highlights are the cathedral and the Obermarkt square.

Although mining works were finished in 1969 Freiberg is still a worldwide centre of geo-sciences.

The "Bergakademie" (mountain school) was founded in 1765 and thus the first in the world. Since 1992 the Bergakademie is a university. About 2400 students from more than 60 countries make Freiberg a surprisingly lively city with internation flair.

  • Intro Written Jan 8, 2005
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  • Raimix's Profile Photo
    Dec 24, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Freiberg looks like really cozy beautiful town, and I love such type of towns. Hopefully someday I will be traveling more in Germany and will have time to see more of them :)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2013 at 4:23 AM

    Ingo, I'm glad to see that you have greatly expanded this page since I last looked in 2005. Interesting tips and travelogue!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Great new tips from your recent trip!

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Great new photos! Some look oddly familiar...

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Ingo, gorgeous updates on your Freiberg page. The Stadtwirtschaft with the most sorts of Czech tap beer in Germany sounds tempting to me. *winkygrin*

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    What an interesting location, Ingo, and lots of great updates here ! Sachsen is really worth a visit again !

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2010 at 3:31 AM

    interesting updates. Nice place for the trip for my next coming to Dresden :-)

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2006 at 5:11 PM

    Great, detailed information and beautiful pictures. This Tulpenkanzel (does it mean literally pulpit in German?) looks outstanding ---> I have to see it in person someday :-)

  • tessy's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2005 at 3:25 AM

    Looks like a nice place. I really would like to take a coffee in the 20ies café

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2005 at 8:32 AM

    Yes, it's easy to confuse places with -burg and -berg. Your description reminds me somewhat of Saarbrücken: No more mining, but some important institutions remain.

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