Adorf (Vogtland) — A Pearl Of A Place In The Elstergebirge

Forget diamonds being a girl’s best friend. Here in the Saxon town of Adorf (or officially, Adorf/Vogtland), it’s all about the pearls. Hey, jewels are jewels, so who’s complaining? And as for jewels, I have to say, Adorf is a gem of a town.

As for the pearls, housed within the Freiberger Tor is the Local History Museum, with Germany’s largest pearls and nacre exhibition. That’s not to say you won’t learn about Adorf’s, well, history, along the way. You might learn that Goethe even stayed here for a few days back in 1795.

Sorry, you won’t find graffiti anywhere from the 18th century saying “JWvG was here.” Trust me, I looked. ;-)

What you will find is the Bahnbetriebswerk, full of old steam and diesel locomotive trains. It’s a proper graveyard for these machines; which is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm.

Since the train “museum” is only open on “even” weekends, it’ll leave you ample time to explore the rest of Adorf. Go up to the Remtengr√ľn tower for a 360-degree view of the Saxon/Bohemian countryside. Yes, I said Bohemia — because you see that place right next door? Yeah, it’s the Czech Republic.

You really should come see Adorf’s Church of St. Michael. Oh, it might look all Art Nouveau these days, but there’s been a church on this spot for hundreds and hundreds of years. The St. John Church might look more austere compared to St. Michael’s, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook it.

As for some of the other “old” stuff around town, come see the old Postmeilens√§ule, or mile posts, that were put here in the 1720s and ’30s. Consider them the 18th century Google Maps.

You’ll need something as a reference guide, ’cause it’s easy to lose yourself in the countryside. And there are more than enough outdoor recreational activities to keep you quite busy. It’s your choice if you want to trek along the Vogtland Panoramaweg, hike the Wanderweg der Deutschen Einheit (Trail of German Unity), go horseback riding, or bike riding.

Whew, I don’t know about that last one — this is some mountainous terrain, as Adorf is located in the Elstergebirge.

Forget it, I’ll take shopping at the Christmas Market or Tulpenmarkt (mid-April) instead. No, make that swimming at the Waldbad instead. Better yet, give me the Village Festivals (in July and August). See ya there! :-)

 

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