Finishing the day in Christmas county in Marienberg

Marienberg Travel Blog

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Marienberg, Markt square with bus stop and parish church in the background

It was already pretty late in the afternoon when we got to Marienberg, the biggest town we visited that day. We had been there before in summer, visited the excellent museum and the other main attractions, so this time we just wanted to have a look at their Christmas market. Marienberg was founded a bit later than other mining towns in the Erzgebirge mountains, on 27 April 1521 Duke Heinrich der Fromme (Henry the Pious) signed the foundation charter. The difference is remarkable: Marienberg has a regular ground plan, one of the earliest in Germany that was modelled after Italian Renaissance towns. The huge Markt square with town hall and a monument of the founder in the middle, where the Christmas market takes place, is the centre of the town, the side streets from an orthogonal pattern.

parish church Marienberg


But first we headed to the beautiful ev.-Lutheran parish church which - unlike in other Erzgebirge towns like Annaberg or Schneeberg - doesn't have a prominent situation in Marienberg; it is down a block from the Markt square. The present church was erected from 1558 on, consecrated in 1564 and completed in 1572 as the last of the late Gothic hall-type churches in Saxony. Due to a devastating fire in 1610 and the following reconstruction the inside of the church appears in early Baroque style nowadays, with some additions of the 19th century. The church is very beautiful - even more so when christmassy decorated - but the piece I liked best was the main altar that was consecrated in 1617, a very beautiful piece that is typical for the transition from Renaissance to Baroque style. The main altar painting reminded me very much of Correggio's "Holy Night".
parish church Marienberg


With a side length of about 133 m the Markt in Marienberg is one of the largest market squares in Germany. It cannot be filled completely by the Christmas market, the about 40 or 50 stalls seemed a bit lost on the square. However, everything expected for a Christmas market was there from food stalls with Glühwein of course, Bratwurst and cookies, Quarkbällchen (sort of donuts) and much more, the stalls selling wooden Christmas items and glass from Lauscha, others selling winter clothes, hats and gloves. There was a merry-go-round for the kids, a handicraft wooden stall for them as well, there was a stage for live music and most likely Santa Claus showing up some time. Prices were really low and we could not resist having a Glühwein and a couple of Quarkbällchen.

Time flew by and our bus to Chemnitz, where we changed for the train back home to Dresden, was right on time. In perfect christmassy mood we enjoyed the scenic ride back.

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Marienberg, Markt square with bus …
Marienberg, Markt square with bus…
parish church Marienberg
parish church Marienberg
parish church Marienberg
parish church Marienberg
parish church Marienberg
parish church Marienberg
parish church Marienberg
parish church Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Christmas market Marienberg
Renaissance town hall Marienberg
Renaissance town hall Marienberg
Renaissance town hall Marienberg
Renaissance town hall Marienberg
Marienberg
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