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  • Castle view in the Ore Mountains
    Castle view in the Ore Mountains Photo: CC0, pixabay.com
  • Ore Mountains
    Ore Mountains Photo: CC0, pixabay.com
  • On the ridge trail (Kammweg) Ore Mountains-Vogtland, descent from Auersberg
    On the ridge trail (Kammweg) Ore Mountains-Vogtland, descent from Auersberg Photo: Der WildenThaler, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • Moor in the Ore Mountains Photo: CC0, pixabay.com

Ore Mountains

The Ore Mountains run along the German border with the Czech Republic in Saxony, the border runs slightly north of the ridge line. Almost the entire mountain range is covered by the Ore Mountains/Vogtland Nature Park, which is the largest German nature park. The natural landscape is strongly influenced by human intervention and some technical monuments are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Ore Mountains Mining Region". The area is particularly popular with hikers and in winter with winter sports enthusiasts, but in recent years the offer for cyclists has also been growing.
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Attractions in the Ore Mountains


Highlights

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recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 21.9 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 540 m
Descent 447 m

Eine Grenzwanderung in der Sächsischen- und Böhmischen Schweiz. Sie führt über den westlichsten Gipfel der Sächsichen Schweiz zur Felsenwelt ...

from Egon Höller,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
Hiking Trail · Vogtland
Rundtour am Elstergebirgsweg
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 14.4 km
Duration 4:20 h
Ascent 317 m
Descent 327 m

Tour entlang des Erlbacher Bergweges und entlang des Elstergebirgsweges.

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from Vogtland - Sinfonie der Natur,   Vogtland - Sinfonie der Natur
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 13.6 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 437 m
Descent 437 m

Ein künstlich angelegter See mit einem Stauraum von 6,5 Millionen Kubikmetern Wasser thront über den umliegenden Ortschaften - das Oberbecken des ...

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from Andreas Weißflog,   Community
Hiking Trail · Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge
Durch rauschende Täler zum Dampfbahn-Erlebnis
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 15.2 km
Duration 4:25 h
Ascent 304 m
Descent 301 m

Eine Wanderung durch die Weißeritztäler im Herzen des Nationalen Geoparks Sachsens Mitte -  mit Bergbauzeugnissen,  einem Tiergarten und einer ...

from GEOPARK Sachsens Mitte e.V.,   Dresden Elbland
Hiking Trail · Olbernhau
Bergbaulehrpfad Olbernhau - Brandau
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 18.2 km
Duration 5:05 h
Ascent 438 m
Descent 438 m

Wegführung: Markt - Poppsches Gut - Gnade Gottes Erbstollen -Oberneuschönberg - Hirschberg - Brandau - Dörfel - Markt

from Matthias Drechsel,   Mitten im Erzgebirge
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 26.5 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 441 m
Descent 441 m

An eventful tour through the Tharandt Forest, which lies in an ancient volcanic cauldron - a caldera - and is still considered a classic square ...

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from Dresden Elbland Redaktion,   Dresden Elbland
Hiking Trail · Dresden Elbland
3rd route: Through the forests of the earth
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 5.5 km
Duration 1:47 h
Ascent 190 m
Descent 190 m

We hike along historic paths to the Forest Botanical Garden. A tour of the facility, which was established in 1811 and now covers 34 hectares, ...

from Dresden Elbland Redaktion,   Dresden Elbland
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recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 21.9 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 540 m
Descent 447 m

Eine Grenzwanderung in der Sächsischen- und Böhmischen Schweiz. Sie führt über den westlichsten Gipfel der Sächsichen Schweiz zur Felsenwelt ...

from Egon Höller,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
Hiking Trail · Vogtland
Rundtour am Elstergebirgsweg
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 14.4 km
Duration 4:20 h
Ascent 317 m
Descent 327 m

Tour entlang des Erlbacher Bergweges und entlang des Elstergebirgsweges.

2
from Vogtland - Sinfonie der Natur,   Vogtland - Sinfonie der Natur
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 13.6 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 437 m
Descent 437 m

Ein künstlich angelegter See mit einem Stauraum von 6,5 Millionen Kubikmetern Wasser thront über den umliegenden Ortschaften - das Oberbecken des ...

2
from Andreas Weißflog,   Community
Hiking Trail · Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge
Durch rauschende Täler zum Dampfbahn-Erlebnis
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 15.2 km
Duration 4:25 h
Ascent 304 m
Descent 301 m

Eine Wanderung durch die Weißeritztäler im Herzen des Nationalen Geoparks Sachsens Mitte -  mit Bergbauzeugnissen,  einem Tiergarten und einer ...

from GEOPARK Sachsens Mitte e.V.,   Dresden Elbland
Hiking Trail · Olbernhau
Bergbaulehrpfad Olbernhau - Brandau
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 18.2 km
Duration 5:05 h
Ascent 438 m
Descent 438 m

Wegführung: Markt - Poppsches Gut - Gnade Gottes Erbstollen -Oberneuschönberg - Hirschberg - Brandau - Dörfel - Markt

from Matthias Drechsel,   Mitten im Erzgebirge
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 26.5 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 441 m
Descent 441 m

An eventful tour through the Tharandt Forest, which lies in an ancient volcanic cauldron - a caldera - and is still considered a classic square ...

1
from Dresden Elbland Redaktion,   Dresden Elbland
Hiking Trail · Dresden Elbland
3rd route: Through the forests of the earth
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 5.5 km
Duration 1:47 h
Ascent 190 m
Descent 190 m

We hike along historic paths to the Forest Botanical Garden. A tour of the facility, which was established in 1811 and now covers 34 hectares, ...

from Dresden Elbland Redaktion,   Dresden Elbland
  • Highlights

The highest peak on the German side of the Ore Mountains is the Fichtelberg with 1215 m. It is surmounted only by Klínovec or Keilberg with 1243 m on the Bohemian side. The gentle hills, wide valleys and moors of the Ore Mountains are bordered by the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in the east and the Elster Mountains in the west. To the south are the North Bohemian Basin and the Bohemian Central Mountains as well as the Falkenau Basin, the Egergraben and the Duppau Mountains. Towards the north the Ore Mountains drop flat and the border becomes blurred.

The Nature Park Ore Mountains/Vogtland includes the higher altitudes of the Ore Mountains from about 500 m. The nature park extends over a length of 120 km along the Saxon-Bohemian border from Bad Elster to Holzhau. Within the nature park there are some smaller protected areas as well as natural monuments of the region. The landscape is characterized by mysterious moors, quiet lakes and rugged mountains.

Ore Mountains
Photo: CC0, pixabay.com

The human influence

Since the Middle Ages, the Ore Mountains have been exposed to strong human influences, which have shaped the landscape of today. Especially mining is formative, also for the habitats of plants and animals. Numerous forest areas had to be cleared to meet the demand for wood for mining. In the meantime, more mixed forests have been planted, as these are more resistant than the spruce monocultures that used to be here.

The Ore Mountains are part of the Elbe catchment area and the rivers from the mountains all flow into the river. There are no larger natural lakes, therefore fishing ponds and artificial ponds for mining were created as well as dams for the provision of drinking water and flood protection. In the ridge layers there are often raised bogs, which are mostly fed solely by rainwater.

Rock carved section of the new trench rafts designed for mining and metallurgy at Český Jiřetín
Photo: SchiDD, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons

Activities in the Ore Mountains

The tourism in the Ore Mountains is growing, especially day tourists can be found. Hikers like to come and roam the forests and mountains on 5000 km of marked trails. With nationally and internationally important long-distance hiking trails, beautiful views from the mountains and cosy inns along the trails, the region attracts more and more visitors.

Also cyclists have found pleasure in the Ore Mountains in the meantime. Along the rivers and on old railroad tracks it is a pleasant ride. More challenging are the Miriquidi Bike Trails, the first mountain bike trail network in Saxony, which includes more than 200 km of signposted paths and trails.

In winter, the Ore Mountains with their densely wooded and snow-assured ridges offer ideal conditions for winter sports enthusiasts. Ski lifts carry visitors up and cross-country skiers are on their way on more than 1000 km of groomed trails. Christmas tourism is particularly popular in the Ore Mountains. Mining has given rise to a number of traditions and customs that are firmly linked to the region and are known regionally, nationally and internationally.

Market in Zwönitz with local pyramid at Christmas time
Photo: F. Vogel, Wikimedia Commons

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WiDiGo - Bike - Tour - 03.07.2022 by gunter
July 02, 2022 · Community
Abwechslungsreich und alle drei Orte passiert. Der Wald war etwas lichter, durch die Rodungen...ansonsten top
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When did you do this route? July 02, 2022
Anspruchsvolle Radtour durchs Erzgebirge by Anke
June 27, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? June 27, 2022
Schmidt-Adventure by Claudia
June 26, 2022 · Community
Wir (Sportfrauen) möchten uns ganz herzlich bei Herrn Schmidt für diesen unvergesslichen Tag bedanken. Eine Schatzsuche stand vormittags auf dem Programm und Nachmittags das Floß bauen💪. Herr Schmidt hat alles so schön erklärt, uns zum Lachen gebracht🤣und was soll ich sagen, wir haben das Floß mit 7 Personen zum schwimmen gebracht! Die Vorbereitung und Umsetzung der Aktivitäten verdient ein dickes Lob! So einen schönen Tag haben wir lange nicht erlebt. Danke Herr Schmidt😀 die Poppfrauen aus Leubsdorf 26.06.2022
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