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Ferienstrasse Silberstrasse e.V.
Bergstrasse 22
08301 Schlema

Saxon Silver Mines Route
Silver treasures from the Erzgebirge mountains

Picknicking underground in Freiberg

The Silver Mines Route also gives visitors the chance to discover a number of industrial heritage sites. A trip to the visitor mines and a look at the working ore hammers offer a glimpse of working life in previous generations. Where craftsmanship and technology thrive, artistic endeavours are also sure to flourish. This is evident everywhere, from the treasuries of the Wettin dynasty, who ruled the area for 800 years, to the architectural monuments in the old trade and guild centres. The proceeds from silver mining also made a substantial contribution to the fame and fortune of the Saxon royal family in their ancestral town of Dresden. Great inventors, scientists and intellectuals of the age also lived and worked here: people famous far beyond the borders of Saxony, such as Georgius Agricola, the father of mineralogy, or Adam Riese, the influential arithmetician. If you travel on the Silver Mines Route be sure not to miss another "silver marvel", the famous Silbermann organs with their beautiful sound, built by Gottfried Silbermann, the Saxon master organ builder.

A true winter wonderland

Along the whole length of the Silver Mines Route, visitors will encounter a warm sense of hospitality. The biggest open-air museum in the world, it includes sections where those who enjoy horse riding, cycling or walking can go and explore it in their own favourite way. A museum tour is another great way for visitors to experience the region's wealth of traditions and customs. In summer, the countryside around the "Silver Route" is a riot of pretty colours and in winter an enchanting fairytale "world of Christmas" with an air of romance. "Glück auf!" (Good luck!), the traditional miner's greeting, is the local way of welcoming people to this most remarkable region.

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Basic information

  • Length
  • Themes
    Countryside, mining, culture, architecture, history

Highlights in brief

  • Zwickau
    Educational mining trail, museum
  • Aue
    Vestenburg tunnel, home of "FC Erzgebirge Aue"
  • Annaberg-Buchholz
    Home of the arithmetician Adam Riese, visitor mine, museum
  • Ehrenfriedersdorf
    Mineralogical Museum, precious stone cutting workshop, visitor mine, 'health mine'
  • Geyer
    Augustusburg Palace
  • Schlettau
  • Olbernhau
    Saigerhütte mining heritage centre
  • Seiffen
    Toy museum
  • Frauenstein
    Gottfried Silbermann Museum
  • Dresden
    Green Vault, Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House