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Auersberg Mountain with look-out tower

The Auersberg Mountain at 1.018 m is the third highest in East Germany, after the Fichtelberg and Brocken Mountains. It was the favored hunting ground of the Kurfürsten of Saxony, and by the 17th century its first wooden tower was built. Today a stone look-out tower built in 1860 gives a spectacular panoramic view as far as the Vogtland district and the Bohemian Erzgebirge. This tower and the historic Mountain Inn with its children’s playground and a small mountain herb garden make it a very popular destination for both locals and tourists.

Waterfall at Blauenthal

The largest waterfall in Saxony, and one of the highest waterfalls in Germany north of the Alps, is found near the village of Blauenthal. In 1530 Andreas Blau purchased an old flour- and saw mill on this site and converted it into a hammer mill.  After the First World War, the owner of what was then a paper factory dug a new service trench above a steep rock wall to divert water to power its turbines.  On Sundays and public holidays the machines are turned off and the water plunges into the valley below.

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Eibenstock Dam (1978 – 1984)

Both the storage capacity (75 million m³), and the height of the dam (65 m) make this the largest dam in the Free State of Saxony. This dam is on the Mulde River which joins the Elbe which flows through Hamburg to empty into the North Sea.  Eibenstock Dam supplies drinking water and flood control. With this volume of water, it is the second largest drinking water reservoir in the new states of eastern Germany. (Hiking tip: Gerstenbergrundweg is a 4 km circular track from the village to the dam wall    partially along the waterfront)

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Carlsfeld Dam (1926 – 1929)

Carlsfeld Dam holds the record for the highest drinking water reservoir in Germany at 905 meters above sea level. It is also called “Weiterswiese Dam” after the small settlement that was flooded. The top of the dam wall can be crossed in any season. Bikers and cyclists and skiers can enjoy a very nice track around the dam.

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Town Hall Eibenstock (1907)

The Town Hall of Eibenstock almost seems like a castle, especially once you go inside.  The interior portrays typical elements of the magnificent Jugendstil.  Ornamental stained glass windows, for example, symbolize the areas of education, health care, water, and construction.  The impressive barrel -vaulted council hall gives unique acoustic for regularly scheduled Town Hall Concerts.  There’s a nice park on the south side where one can relax on benches beside a cave with a fountain inside.

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Former Royal Court

The former court which was exempt from tax and had special privileges, (e.g. the brewing of beer and hunting) was acquired from the Kingdom of Saxony in 1835.  Because of the increase in population and more court cases the need for a court house arose. This large beautiful building was built for the judiciary. Several buildings and a small water house belong to the estate. Another floor was added to the main building, and a prison, called the tower, was built.  This structure was the seat of the district court until 1952. In 1970 a nursery school, pre-school, and day care moved into the building. A gate-like bridge between the buildings is still intact, leading from the historical Court to the former prison (demolished in 1987), which bears some resemblance to the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice.

Trinity Church Carlsfeld  (1684 – 1688)

Hans Schnorr from Schneeberg,  the owner of a mine and a forge, founded this church for the mental and spiritual well-being of his employees.  It was built from 1684 – 1688, designed in the Baroque style by Wolf Caspar von Klengel.  The Trinity church is the oldest central semi-dome (conch) architecture in Saxony and became a model for other conch buildings, like the Frauenkirche church in Dresden or the Rundkirche church in Seiffen.

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Town Church of Eibenstock

This impressive church has a 64.5m high tower overlooking the town.  After a disastrous fire in 1862, when the old Oswald Church burned to the ground, Eibenstock’s parish church was built from 1864 – 1868 after the architectural design of Oskar Sommer as a three-bay  neo-Romanesque hall church.  It is the largest church of its kind in the administrative district of Chemnitz, and one of the most distinguished in Saxony.  A life-sized crucifix from the 16th century was saved from the flames of the old burning church, as well as the only image in Saxony of the Holy Oswald, a wooden sculpture from the period around 1520.   Also noteworthy are the historical Kreutzbach organ, the three bells in the tower that together weigh 63 centner (3150kg), as well as the mechanical tower clock from the Carlsfeld watch factory.

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Lookout Tower “Glück Auf” on the Bühl hill (652 m)

The Bühl hill, with its over 600-yr-old beech tree on the edge of town, has been a popular attraction since the end of the 18th Century.  In 1886 a wooden excursion hall was built, which was replaced in 1910 by the construction of the Bühlhaus, which is a restaurant and (lodge? hostel?)   In April, 2008, the 34 m high tower was officially opened.  After transcending the 168 steps, you will be rewarded by a magnificent panoramic view from the 28m high platform overlooking Eibenstock, the dam, the Auersberg Mountain and surrounding communities of Sosa, Schönheide, Burkhartsgrün and Hundshübel.   The panoramic drawings of the view provide interesting additional information on the identity, altitude and distance of the most distinctive objects.  The playground at the foot of the observation tower attracts younger visitors to stay longer.

Post distance milestone Eibenstock

Since the 1st of July, 2005, there is an exact replica of the Saxon post distance milestone from 1727 at the Postplatz square.  In earlier years, the stagecoach travelers drove on bumpy roads through Saxony.  Cartography, land surveying and road construction were still in their infancy.  But the improvement of Saxon factories and mines called for new transport routes.  Saxony needed a new infrastructure, which was the beginning of the first road surveying.    It served as the basis for the system of the Saxon post milestones.  As part of a command by the Kurfürst on November 1st, 1721, along with a corresponding ordinance, the Town of Eibenstock had to finance and set up a post distance milestone.

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Saafnlob – Monument Eibenstock

Stephan Dietrich, called “Saafnlob”, was a teacher and a regional poet of the Erzgebirge.  From 1912 to 1919 he attended the teachers college in Schneeberg and then worked as an assistant teacher, teacher and school administrator in Eibenstock and Wildenthal.  On his initiative the “Grenzlandschule” (school near the border) was built in Wildenthal, where he became the director at Easter in 1940.  On the 16th of October, 1921, he married Edith Geithner in Eibenstock.  After his wife’s death, he left Eibenstock and lived with his son, Winfried, in Hagen.  The monument was inaugurated during the 850th anniversary celebration of Eibenstock in July, 2005.

Märchenpark (Fairy Tale Park) on the market square

"Nibble, nibble, gnaw…” no, unfortunately you can’t nibble on the little fairy tale house.  But you can travel back in time to your childhood by observing the 15 scenes from Grimm’s fairy tales, lovingly designed with careful attention to detail.  This is where you can visit Little Red Riding Hood, Mother Holle, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Every year on Saturday of the first Advent it is especially exciting, when all the famous fairy tale characters come alive in a large Christmas parade called the “Eibenstocker Märchenweihnacht”, where the mascot “Wurzelrudi” leads them through the town.


 

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Tourist-Service-Center  |  Dr.-Leidholdt-Str. 2  |  D-08309 Eibenstock
Tel.: +49 (0)3 77 52 / 22 44  |  Mail: touristinformation(at)eibenstock.de