If you experience bad luck in Auerbach (Vogtland), you aren’t alone. In fact, in the past, this Bohemian town was known as the “Unlucky City” because of all of the natural disasters the city went through (and survived) in its long history, including ten city fires, wars and the plague.
When you get to the middle of Auerbach, you are going to want to look around and see if you can find the three tall buildings that give this town its current nickname “the Three Tower City”. One of those towers belongs to the castle, and has been a symbol of the city for over 700 years. The other two towers are on two of the churches in the city: “Zum Heiligen Kreuz” and “St. Laurentius.”
Tourists who are lucky enough to be in Auerbach during the month of August, you are going to be able to attend the Altmarkt Festival. This festival is well known because of its history — going back to the Middle Ages. The town itself is very old, going back to the 13th century.
Whenever you decide to come, you are going to be surprised by the natural beauty. This small town of about 20,000 is nestled in the hills and surrounded by taller mountains. Nature lovers will love this part of the Vogtland and must not miss a trip to the nature park.
Geology lovers take note — this is the place to come. In the Erzgebirge, or Ore Mountains, the area is absolutely stunning and interesting to wander around in, as well.
When you are trying to eavesdrop (or just trying to order a beer) and can’t understand what anyone is saying despite years of German in high school or college, don’t worry. The dialect in the Vogtlandkreis is different, and it takes some getting used to. You will probably notice that the German here has more melody and actually sounds like they are singing to you. :-)