Aue in Saxony is only a small town but has a long history. Situated near the Schwarzwasser and the Mulde Rivers by the Ore Mountains, Aue has officially been around since 1173, though the history of the area dates back further.
Aue once had large economic growth from its mining industries and its location on the “Silberstrasse”, or Silver Route. But, it wasn’t until the 1620’s that the town received market rights and in the 1630’s Aue had a Blue Dye Works, that helped fuel the local economy.
Aue was also known for it’s “white earth” in making white porcelain.
There were periods of a darker less favorable history, as it was once under East German control after the Second World War, and was location of the Flossenbuerg Concentration Camp. Today, Aue hopes to emerge from the past and looks forward to its developing tourism.
There’s plenty for you to see here. In the Vesternburg Tunnel, originally dating back to 1661 by a local Saxon for his beer, folks found large tin ore deposits. It’s now brightly lit for the tunnel show.
One of the local buildings is the tiny monastery (dating back to the 12th century) and the small church (only about 250 seats) which now holds local concerts. The Katherine Pfarrei Church dates back to the same time; originally a Catholic Church but then after the Reformation (16th century) no Catholic services were held here until 1907.
The Nicolaikirchgemeinde, a Lutheran Church built from red bricks, has a 75 meter (approx 200 feet) tower that allow for stunning views of Aue. The Evangelical Lutheran Peace Church dating from the 16th century was built completely independent of “Roman rule.”
Today, the town of Aue has more to offer than just being a Saxon industrial city. It has the Erzgebirge Symphony where you can enjoy the opera, the choir, or the traditional playings of the Erzgebirge ensemble. Or, just stroll along the 300 acres of the town’s zoological gardens.
Aue also has it’s own indoor “icehouse” or ice-skating rink and indoor swimming pool and sauna.