You won’t find fifty or sixty small hamlets that make up one larger community in the town of Lugau in the Ore Mountains. Nope, just two. Which is just enough, I tell you.
Now that you’ve found it, what is there to see?
Lugau (Erzgebirge) — Top Areas Of Interest
How about at the medieval belfry, found right at the churchyard? The bells still sound great after more than 500 years.
Onwards to the Lugauer Cross Church, the medieval house of worship is gone—this one replaced it in 1843. But, inside you’ll find a real Gothic pulpit, as well as a life size crucifix. Hopefully you’ll get to see it during one of the church’s musical concerts, or just for Sunday services if you’re so inclined.
Next, head to the Meinertsche Spinnmühle (a Spinning Mill). Looks like a creepy mansion, doesn’t it? It’s not, but it is the oldest factory of its kind in the country.
Lugau might have been a factory town, but it was also a mining town. It was also the site of a major mining disaster in the 19th century, which is why you’ll find a monument to those who died because of it.
There’s also a memorial stone dedicated to those who fought for the Nazi Resistance, and another one to the victims of the Nazi regime.
I’m sorry to say that Lugau lost its Local History Museum in 2005 after its caretaker died at the age of 97. Forget the museum, the man himself was a piece of walking history. I know that doesn’t qualify as a site to see in Lugau, but it seems to warrant an honorable mention.
All that’s left to do now is party hearty. Lugau hosts all sorts of festivals, including a Dragon Festival at the end of September and an Autumn Festival in mid-October. There is, of course, a Christmas Market that’s always on the 4th Sunday of Advent—but there are also Advent concerts held throughout the season.
Oh, no, that’s not all there is. I almost left before telling you about Motorcross events, volleyball, soccer, and tennis. Plus, all the hiking that you can do in the Ore Mountains, and its nature reserve area.
Ah, who needs all those villages and hamlets that some other places have… Lugau is doing fine with just the two its got.