In East Germany, near Chemnitz and close to the border of the Czech Republic, is Stollberg (Erzgebirge). It’s an fantastic place in the Ore Mountains where the trees seem to be greener and the sky couldn’t be anymore blue.
Stollberg is also a historical town; which means at least a castle and few churches to visit. :-)
But, don’t start there. Start at the Cultural Center which is great for visitors and locals alike. It’s where to go for a bicycle rental when you want to traverse off into the countryside. Saxony is a beautiful area and you’ll never know what you might find (whether by bike or by foot).
It’s also a great place to stop and grab a bite to eat at its little cafe or come by once a week you can stop in and watch local crafters hard at work wood carving or making lace. Think of all the lovely souvenirs you can bring home.
Overlooking it all are the walls that were once the Burg Hoheneck. Well, it was a castle from 1244 to 1862 then it became a women’s prison for over 200 years.
Despite the castle’s age, the Marienkirche holds the honor of being the oldest building in town. It won’t take a history (or art history) lover to appreciate all the decorative details of this medieval church.
Another church that’s a must-see is St. Jacob’s, a beautiful Gothic work of art that sits right on the town square. Which is exactly where you’ll find Stollberg’s historical City Hall (Rathaus) and market place.
Stollberg’s Market Place is where its fun festivals take place, like the annual Christmas Market, Farmer’s Market, and the Old Town Celebration. Sounds like food, fun, and good times to be had by all.
Don’t skip the home of Carl von Bach either. Herr von Bach was a famous German engineer (great for you science people) and his childhood home is a large timber framed beauty (great for you history people).
It seems Stollberg has just about anything and everything you can think of; food, sightseeing, great crafts, and magnificent countryside. It’s so nice here you just might agree that the trees seem greener and the sky couldn’t be anymore blue. :-)