Once founded as a mining town in the 1500s when silver was found in the region, the city of Oberwiesenthal quickly became a premier tourist destination with about 2,000 residents. This towering city is best known for being a health and ski resort town where the young and old come to relax, get some fresh air, and try their hand at some amazing slopes. Its proximity to the Czech Republic also makes it a choice destination, offering two unique vacations in one. Much of its heritage as a resort city can be seen all over town with even some original structures still functioning.
Location: On the Germany Czech Republic Border
Located in the district of Erzgebirgskreis in Saxony, this popular holiday destination is situated in the Ore Mountains and at the foot of the Fichtelberg Mountain. It is on the border with the Czech Republic and is the highest town within Germany. Many of the small rolling hills maintain a beautiful green hue in spring and summer, while the high peaks provide the snowy landscape needed for the perfect downhill and cross-country skiing experience in winter.
Culture: Landmarks, Mining, and Cultural Heritage
The oldest form of obtaining ore was developed here making mining still a huge part of local culture. Many monuments, museums, and exhibitions celebrate 800 years of mining innovation. Visitors can have the ultimate experience taking a boat ride through one of the exhibition mines. This city is also the proud home of the oldest cable car in Germany as well as a post coach in the style of the Deutsche Reichspost of 1939.
Activities: Skiing and Other Sports
Those who enjoy sports of all kinds will love a visit to Oberwiesenthal. While it is known for skiing both professional and recreational, it also offers many other athletic opportunities. In the summer, hiking and mountain biking are common pastimes for those who live or come to visit here. Those who want a unique experience can try paragliding or summer tubing. In the winter, mountains become perfect for luge, skiing, snowboarding, and even ice-skating. Many also train for sports competitions, including Nordic Combination and ski jumping. Germany’s oldest cable car, the Fichtelberg Cable Car, will take you to the mountain peak at a stunning 50-degree gradient.