I don’t know what some German bureaucrat had in mind when they merged the two towns of Lauter and Bernsbach together in 2013. Yes, they created a new “town,” but these two gems in the Erzgebirgskreis have been around so much longer than only the second decade of the 21st century.
How do I know? Well, would a brand-new 21st century town have a 13th century church, like the one in Lauter? No, I think not.
Lauter, by the way, is so much more than just its Parish Church. It’s a town of some 4,700 people, where folks get together for community hikes during holidays like Easter. Another community event in Lauter is the annual Christmas Market — great fun to be had by all.
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Lauter-Bernsbach is also known for its spirits — the drinking kind, not ghosts. A locally made liqueur is made in this part of Saxony, so be sure to bring some home for yourself.
You can learn a lot more about this delicious libation at the Spirits Museum; and factory tours to see how the liqueurs are made is also possible.
I guess any place that enjoys a good drink is a place that enjoys a good party. At the beginning of October Lauter-Bernsbach hosts the three-day Vugelbeerfast, a folk festival of sorts, with everything from a church service to fireworks, with music and even a Craft Market.
Multi-day events are popular here, the Kirmes celebration is another 2-days of fun. Too bad the Lantern Procession & Hexenfeuer is only a 1-day event on April 30th, as is the Gemeindefest (in Bernsbach) every July, and the Waldfest (Forest Festival) in June.
Oh well, I’ll have to take solace on one of Lauter-Bernsbach’s hiking and cycling trails. The Mulderadweg is a nice one if you like to bicycle around. And every year from May to September, Indian Point is open to learn about Native American culture — including seeing a tee-pee.
When winter comes it’s off to one of the nearby ski resorts — proving the town can be enjoyed in every season of the 21st century and beyond.