Tucked ever so nicely in the state of Saxony, not far from the Polish and Czech Republic borders, lies the town of Kottmar
Yes, there also exist a mountain with the same name, which even belongs to this town.
As for the Kottmar Mountain, think of it as a great place to experience some great outdoor recreation. Kottmar’s location close to the Kottmar makes it easy enough to see the Spreequelle, one of the sources of the Spree River. There’s a fun 4.5 km Spree Source & Legends Trail, detailing much of the local folklore on (and around) the Kottmar Mountain.
I know not everyone appreciates the great outdoors, so for you folks there are six village churches you can come see. Each are beautiful in their own way.
For example, the Village Church Eibau (one of Kottmar’s seven villages) is a lovely Baroque church that’s picture perfect in the full bloom of Summer; while the Village Church in Kottmarsdorf is a striking contrast to the fall foliage colors; and Obercunnersdorf’s Village Church looks so lovely after a freshly fallen snow. The latter’s Baroque interior, and large organ, make the church’s insides just as lovely as its exterior.
Obercunnersdorf is also a great place to be if you like half-timbered houses; and it’s a great starting point for many cycling and hiking trails leading off to the Kottmar Mountain, and through the Upper Lusatian countryside as a whole.
As if this isn’t enough, Kottmar has a few museums that should pique your interest. The Heimat- und Humboldtmuseum, located in Eibau within the so-called Faktorenhof (an 18th century mansion), has exhibits on both local and natural history. You’ll even find a museum here on hairdressing (Friseurmuseum); and yet another history museum known as the Museumsheimatstube, also known as Pfarrer-Heinz-Leßmann-Stube.
For me, the best of Kottmar are its festivals. Germans love cars, so it’s great every year for the Oberlausitzer Oldtimerwandern — which only allows cars to participate if made up until 1983.
The Dorf und Abernfest in September is a great time for carriage rides, eating lots of potato dishes, and there’s even a market for buying other kinds of goodies.
One of Kottmar’s other markets is the Jacobimarkt in the village of Neugersdorf every July. The market’s steeped in history, going back some three centuries — although those old ones didn’t end with fireworks like they have these days.
A great festival is also held on Deutscher Mühlentag, or German Mill Day, on Whit Monday; but even if there’s no festival going on you can come see the town’s charming Bockwindmühle in Kottmarsdorf.
It seems Kottmar (the town) has everything you could possibly ask for — even a mountain. ;-)