Erzgebirge, the German ore mountains

Photo Catherine Gras

In southern Saxony, straddling the German-Czech border, there is a medium-sized mountain range: Erzgebirge.

Although not very high, with a peak at 1,200 metres, this range is well snowed in in winter, a small station is found at Fichtelberg which was the highest point in the GDR.

The region has long been the site of intensive mining for silver and other precious metals.

From this period there are still inactive mines to visit and some steam railway lines that served the valleys.

There are also geological curiosities, including these basalt outcrops.

A pleasant destination for a weekend, to be combined with a visit to Dresde and

or Leipzig and

or Chemnitz on which I will soon write a post.

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