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An underground boat trip at the Dorothea Stollen Himmlisch Heer visitor mine

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

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