I consider myself a manly man, a guy who couldn’t tell the difference between Prada and pansies.
Nah, I’m just kidding, I’m a cultured guy, so I’m not afraid to say I thought the fields of crocus all over the Saxon town of Drebach were just divine.
Don’t make fun of me because of flowers — because I’m not the only one who gets excited when these purple beauties make their annual spring appearance, so many people flock to Drebach to walk along the endless fields of blooming flowers.
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The best time to experience the crocus blooming season is March and April, and they’ve even been known to bloom under snowy conditions — which isn’t exactly unheard of in this part of Germany.
Even if the Nackten Jungfern, or Naked Virgin (as the crocus are often called) aren’t blooming in meadows everywhere, you’re not to be disappointed with the great outdoors. There are plenty of hiking and bike trails to keep you quite busy — so if you got the time, trek along the E3 Footpath, or bike along the Zschopautal Bike Trail.
Please, it’s not that arduous, a mere 7.5 km.
There are some 11 different colored trails that lead you around Drebach, like the Krokusrunde (6 km, yellow dash route), and two that’ll take you around the Upper and Lower Heidelbachtal — which is a great place to come if you’re into bird watching, or just love all things nature.
The Zeiss Planetenwanderweg is another great trail, where a mere 6 km will bring you to the far reaches of space. You’ll learn all about the sun, and all the planets — including Pluto.
I don’t care what anyone says, to me Pluto will always be a planet. You know what, you can debate the issue at the Planetarium — you can’t miss it, it’s the only silver domed building in town.
Another trail leads up to Scharfenstein Castle, while another is a historical trail around the medieval structure. Kind of makes sense why some of the guides look like something from a Robin Hood flick. No doubt the kids love that sorta thing.
Anyway, besides Maid Marian and Hood’s Merry Men, the castle has a fantastic exhibit on Folk Art — yet I’d have to say the Castle Tavern was one of my favorite parts. There’s even a castle shop where you can buy goodies to bring home with you.
A bit further way, but no less wonderful, is Schloss Wolkenstein. The medieval castle once protected a thriving trade route to/from Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), and now the white walled/gold accented castle is a Local History Museum. Sorry, Robin Hood and his Merry Men not included. ;-)
No worries, there’s plenty of time to be merry at one of Drebach’s annual events. The Christmas Cheer is in full swing at the annual Christmas Market, and if you can’t make that one — there’s another held at Scharfenstein Castle. Autumn is a pretty time to be here, which is good, ’cause that’s the season for Drebach’s Kirmes.
Hey, I might be cultured enough to appreciate the finer points of the crocus — but I’m also down-to-earth enough to appreciate the finer points of a good German party. ;-)