Crossing borders through mountain country with UNESCO World Heritage
The Erzgebirge in Saxony offers no less than 5,000 km of hiking trails. Topper is the Kammweg Erzgebirge-Vogtland. It is one of the'TOP Trails Germany\\\'. Overwhelming nature and amazing vistas offer a complete sense of relaxation.
The Kammweg runs from Altenberg to Blankenstein in Thuringia. The highest peak in the route is the Fichtelberg, which is over 1,200 meters high. Many raw materials were found in the Erzgebirge, including silver. After 1800 the mines became exhausted and the miners had to look for a new livelihood. Many switched to woodworking and the Erzgebirge subsequently developed into a supplier of wooden furniture, toys and Christmas items. The region is known as'the German Christmas country\\\'.
Along the Kammweg are many sights about the heyday of (silver) mining. More than 400 objects related to the mining culture were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019. The sites span former mines, tools, transportation systems, landscapes to historic centers of towns that thrived on mining: Annaberg-Buchholz, Freiberg and Marienberg. The complete UNESCO list: www.montanregion-erzgebirge.de/elemente.html
Although the Kammweg is a long-distance path, many parts are perfect for a day hike. Dozens of short (circle) walks have been set out to fill a (part) day. They can be found on the Kammweg website.
Route length in Saxony: 200 km
Route marking: signs with the Kammweg logo
Travel information: www.erzgebirge-tourismus.de and www.vogtland-tourismus.de