Oberwiesenthal Travel Guide

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Oberwiesenthal Overview

At 914 m above sea level, Oberwiesenthal is the German town with highest elevation. It is located in the Erzgebirge (Ore) mounains, right on the Czech border, on the sunny, southeastern slopes of Mt. Fichtelberg, with 1214 m the highest peak in East Germany. Just across the valley, beyond the Czech border, Mt. Klinovec reaches 1244 m, thus is the tallest mountain in the Erzgebirge mountains (Krusne hory in Czech).

Oberwiesenthal was originally founded as a mining town in the early 16th century. The regular, orthogonal old town plan is typical for that era - compare Marienberg, also in the Erzgebirge mountains. The town never became wealthy, though, so nothing really remarkable in regards of architecture is there to see.

The main reason for visiting Oberwiesenthal is sports and all sorts of outdoor activity - either watching or actively doing yourself - in both winter and summer. Winter is main season, however, as this is the largest and best skiing area in Eastern Germany.

Means of transportation are not only a way to get from point A to point B in Oberwiesenthal - although there are several lifts and even a cable car that make it easy to get up the mountain, running in summer and winter. However, the cable car was the first of its kind in Germany, and then there is also the historic narrow-gauge steam train from Cranzahl to Oberwiesenthal, attracting not only kids and families, but also train lovers from near and afar.

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