"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.

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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    What a beautiful and exciting town!!! Now very high on my list, because of the museums and the churches. And ... of course the cakes :-))

    • german_eagle's Profile Photo
      Oct 23, 2015 at 10:20 AM

      Thank you for taking the time to read the many tips, and for your ratings and very thoughtful comments. Hope you get to visit Freiberg soon :-)

  • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    Very good page. I hope I will visit that city one day!

    • german_eagle's Profile Photo
      Apr 20, 2015 at 10:38 AM

      Thank you! You would enjoy a visit of Freiberg very much, I am sure.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Ingo, great new tips and updates to your Freiberg page. I virtually visited this city in September 2011, but still haven't been here in reality.

    • german_eagle's Profile Photo
      Jul 7, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      Thanks, Holger. But it's really time now to visit in reality, hehe ... :-)

  • 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 :-)

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