Lichtenau (Saxony) — It’s Cool In The Erzgebirge

Odds are that by the time you’ve clicked on this webpage for the town of Lichtenau (in Saxony, BTW) that you’ve read a good number of other pages on MyGermanCity.com.

Why do I bring this up?

Simple, because you’ve probably noticed that Germany is a country with an exceptionally long history — and many towns within the country are chocked full of historical sites (and I tend to be a bit of history nut, too).

So, what does a history buff do when they arrive in a town that doesn’t have a whole heckava lot of history?

Party.

Hey, even Historians need to let their hair down once and while, don’t ya think?

OK, and maybe do the whole “outdoor adventure” thing too.

In between Lichtenau’s festivals (like the Sports Festival in early July, the Children’s Festival in August, the Village Festival in early September, the Autumn Festival in late September, and two Christmas Markets in early and mid-December) you can explore the Ore Mountains, or the Erzgebirge as it’s known in German.

Hold on a sec, let me catch my breath…

All right, I’m back — let’s see. The Ore Mountains are great for those of you looking to do all types of hiking or cycling, as well as enjoying nature reserve areas. Keep in mind, the area of the Ore Mountains (located between Saxony and the Czech Republic) doesn’t enjoy long, hot summers. The weather tends to turn colder here sooner than in other regions of Germany — and snow in the winter is common.

Oh, perfect for cross-country skiing or snow hiking that’s all the rage these days, no?

Maybe this is why the town’s outdoor pool has a short swimming season. Still, you got plenty of time to throw yourself down the 26-meter waterslide, do some bowling or billiards, or let the kids frolick around the children’s pool.

But, because I’m a history buff at heart, I’m glad Lichtenau has some historical sites. Check out the old Silver Mine, and see three of Lichtenau’s Lutheran Churches (in Auerswalde, Niederlichtenau, and Ottendorf).

Nah, in this case, I think I’ll just enjoy the cooler weather of the Erzgebirge this time.

 

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