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Saxon-Bohemian Silver Mines Route

Saxon-Bohemian Silver Mines Route

The "Saxon-Bohemian Silver Mines Route" takes visitors on an exciting journey to unearth hidden treasures, make fascinating discoveries and experience living customs. The 275 km of the Saxon-Bohemian Silver Mines Route run like a silver band from Zwickau to Dresden through Annaberg-Buchholz to Ostrov in Bohemia.

The Saxon-Bohemian Silver Mines Route is Europe's largest open-air museum and welcomes its guests with the traditional miner's greeting of "Glück auf!", to bring them luck. Once the route taken by wagons carrying mine timber and silver, the route is now well-signposted and leads to many historical mining sites. It is also a good introduction to the Erzgebirge mountains.

A mining and cultural experience

More than 30 visitor mines, museums, sites showcasing living customs, hall churches and historic hill towns adorn the route like a string of pearls. Great inventors and scientists of the past such as the mining scientist Georgius Agricola, the organ maker Gottfried Silbermann or the mathematician Adam Ries were all active here.

Customs and heritage in the Erzgebirge mountains

The Erzgebirge mountains live up to their name (the German word "Erz" means "ore") and are associated with a by-gone era when the "silver rush" or "Berggeschrey" swept across the land. In the Erzgebirge mountains, eight centuries of mining heritage lives on in today's mining practices, traditions and craftsmanship, as well as in art, culture and religion. The hewer and the foreman, ceremonial clothing, miners' parades and many other festivals are just some of the customs still to be found here.

There is always something happening here

The many events held along the route give an insight into the miners' parades, Christmas traditions and cultural heritage of the region. Some of the arts and crafts commonly practiced in the Erzgebirge mountains are carving, lace making, pewter casting and making world-famous wooden Christmas decorations such as Christmas pyramids, nativity sets, nutcrackers, incense burners, candle arches, miners and angels of light.

A destination to be visited all year round

At over 1,600 workshops, you can watch the masters at work. In summer, the countryside around the Saxon-Bohemian Silver Mines Route is a riot of pretty colours and in winter, an enchanting Christmas wonderland with a hint of romance.

Saxon-Bohemian Silver Mines Route

Length: approximately 275 km

Theme: mining culture, tradition and silver

Highlights:
Annaberg-Buchholz: Adam Ries Museum, St. Anne's Church (St. Annenkirche), the Frohnauer Hammer hammer mill,
Aue: Vestenburg tunnel (Vestenburger Stollen), churches, museums
Bad Schlema: spa resort, visitor mine
Dresden: Zwinger Castle, Semper Opera House, museums
Freiberg: cathedral, the Himmelfahrt Fundgrube ore mine, terra mineralia museum
Marienberg: town hall, Church of St. Mary (St. Marien), museum
Schneeberg: visitor mine, observatory, museums
Zwickau: August Horch Automobile Museum, Osterstein Castle, Johannisbad water park

www.silberstrasse.de

Events

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of this event series, and extraordinary events will sound off once again at uncommon locations.

Further information: www.artmontan.de

Upcoming dates:

25.01.2017 - 18.11.2017

Venue

Kaverne des Vattenfall-Pumpspeicher-Kraftwerks Markersbach
Oberbeckenstraße 5
08352 Raschau-Marker

Organiser

kul(T)our-Betrieb des Erzgebirgskreises
Fon: +49 (0) 3771 2771600

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Embedded in a mostly snow-covered historic city centre, traditions and customs become alive on the Christmas market. With its Ore Mountains booths, the pyramid and all kinds of possible presents, it ranks among the most beautiful Christmas markets in the Ore Mountains, the cradle of the famous wood carvings. A cosy Christmas atmosphere surrounds you here with culinary treats according to traditional family recipes. Experience the big miner's parade on the 4th Advent Sunday as highlight, with 1000 people in traditional costumes and 300 miner musicians.

 

Highlight:
23rd December 2017 at 1:30 pm: Miners´parade

 

Opening Hours:
1st - 23rd December 2017
Monday to Thursday 10 am to 7 pm
Friday to Sunday 10 am to 8 pm

Upcoming dates:

01.12.2017 - 23.12.2017

Venue

Annaberger Weihnachtsmarkt
Markt
09456 Annaberg-Buchholz
Fon: +49 (0) 3733 19433
Fax: +49 (0) 3733 5069755
tourist-info@annaberg-buchholz.de
www.annaberg-buchholz.de

Organiser

Stadt Annaberg-Buchholz
Fon: +49 (0) 3733 19433
Fax: +49 (0) 3733 5069755
tourist-info@annaberg-buchholz.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Ore Mountains and Christmas, that also stands for contemplation and a blaze of light. In accordance with the miner's yearning for light, white fairy lights are shining on market places, light angels and miner figures as well as Schwibbögen are illuminating the windows.

Especially touching are the mountain and miner's parades that take place every year in historic habits in the strongholds of former mining. Originally, the miners' processions and parades served to honour the territorial lord and his retinue on special occasions such as weddings or visits from distinguished. Today, they are the highlight of the Erzgebirge Christmas markets and the quarter-year celebrations dating from the old mining calendar. The miners' marches associated with them are unique to Saxony.

It all ends with the large final parade of the Saxony Regional Association in Annaberg-Buchholz on the 4th Sunday of Advent.

Further information: www.annaberg-buchholz.de/weihnachtsmarkt/en/

Upcoming dates:

23.12.2017

from 13:30

Venue

Annaberger Weihnachtsmarkt
Markt
09456 Annaberg-Buchholz
Fon: +49 (0) 3733 19433
Fax: +49 (0) 3733 5069755
tourist-info@annaberg-buchholz.de
www.annaberg-buchholz.de

Organiser

Stadt Annaberg-Buchholz
Fon: +49 (0) 3733 19433
Fax: +49 (0) 3733 5069755
tourist-info@annaberg-buchholz.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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