About Vogtland

The Vogtland is a peaceful low-mountain landscape on the border areas of Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia. The idyllic natural landscape is characterized by fields, meadows and hills and rises in Upper Vogtland to heights of 900 meters. Vogtland’s highest elevation is the 974 meter high Schneehübel. Far better known, however, is the Aschberg near Klingenthal, a popular winter sport area. In Klingenthal we also find the Vogtland Arena, Germany’s most modern ski-jumping facility. The Schneckenstein is known as the “topaz cliff” for its yellowish topaz crystals on quartz. In Tannenbergsthal one can visit an interesting exhibit on gemstone finds in Vogtland.

The best-known towns in Vogtland are the lace town of Plauen, the Neuberin town of Reichenbach and the town of Oelsnitz, widely known for its carpet manufacturing. Among the outstanding sights of the popular vacation region is the Goeltzschtal Bridge near Netzschkau. This brick bridge is considered the largest of its type in Europe. In the summer tourism in Vogtland is concentrated on the Pöhl and Pirk dams. Wellness treatments in Bad Elster and Bad Brambach offer relaxation to numerous health spa visitors. In the musical instrument museum in Markneukirchen, vacationers can learn about the long tradition of musical instrument-making in the region. The history of aerospace programs is documented in an exhibition in Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz. A side-trip to the Plohn Theme Park will excite both old and young visitors.

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Sightseeing in Vogtland

Plohn Theme Park
Located in Lengenfeld in Saxony is the popular Plohn Theme Park, which in its eight theme worlds offers about 65 attractions for the entire family. The park opened in 1996. At that time, visitors enjoyed in all twelve Grimm’s fairytales in a small enchanted forest. In the course of the years additional attractions were added, including Germany’s largest tree house and the wooden roller coaster “El Toro.” Among the newest funfair rides is the “Plohseidon” family roller coaster. Plohn Theme Park welcomes visitors from April to October. Admission tickets cost between 19 and 22 Euros. Children under 4 years and birthday children are admitted free.

Göltzsch Viaduct
Vogtland’s trademark is the Göltzsch Viaduct, which spans the eponymous valley between Mylau and Netzschkau in Saxony. It was once the tallest railroad bridge and is still the world’s largest brick bridge. It spans a distance of 574 meters and is about 78 meters high. The Göltzsch Viaduct was built in the years from 1846 to 1851. 50,000 bricks were fired each day in nearby brickworks for the then extraordinary large building site, Along the edifice, many sign-posted paths guide vacationers to experience the enormous dimensions of the arched bridge from up close.

Vogtland Arena
On the Schwarzberg in Klingenthal in Saxony, vacationers find a highlight of Vogtland that thrills sport enthusiasts in particular. The Vogtland Arena ski-jumping facility has since its opening in 2006 repeatedly been the venue for the most varied competitions in ski-jumping. The in all 137-meter high facility was built from 2003 to 2005 and up to now has presented major sport events including the Summer Ski Jumping Grand Prix or the Nordic Combined World Cup. Nevertheless, the Vogtland Arena is not just a training and competition venue. As well, concerts by many different interpreters captivate large audiences. The arena is open to visitors year round.

Dragon’s Den Syrau
A mysterious atmosphere characterizes the Syrau Dragon’s Cavern, which extends at a depth of 16 meters under Rosenbach in Saxon Vogtland. In 1928, Ludwig Undeutsch discovered this magical place of enchantment for the whole family. Already in the same year the first visitors could marvel at the miniature lakes, bizarre sintered structures and shimmering clay formations. Today, vacationers can explore the Syrau Dragon’s Cavern on well-marked paths. In the high season from May to August, amateur cave explorers are also offered a colorful laser show before an impressive cave panorama. This dripstone cavern is open from March to November.

Gera Zoo
For the family vacation in Vogtland, the Thuringian Gera Forest Zoo is a must. Before the gates of the city, 800 animals belonging to about 80 different species are waiting to greet visitors. With a park railway, adventure playgrounds and vantage points, the Thuringian Forest Zoo captivates about 100,000 visitors each year. When the zoo was founded in Gera in 1962, it was above all native animals that called the preserve their home. Today, lions, leopards and monkeys also reside in the zoo. Especially the Berber macaque compound, open to strolling, is popular with visitors. But it is not just here that one has eye-to-eye contact with zoo dwellers. As well the built-in farmyard makes possible hands-on contact with goats, sheep and similar farm animals.

Osterburg Weida
Here is where Vogtland got its name. The Osterburg in Weida was once the seat of government of the Vögte, who ruled over a broad area, the so-called “Land of the Voigts (lords protector or stewards).” As a Romanesque fortification, Osterburg was built between 1163 and 1193. But first in the 17th century did it receive its name, which is derived from the landscape name of Ostland. While the castle complex was destroyed in the Thirty Years War, the 54-meter high keep was preserved and today still towers on an elevation in the heart of the city. The tower is open to visitors, and houses a gallery, as well as a 360°-museum. Here a historical film is projected directly on the brick walls of the historic construction. The Osterburg can be visited from Thursday to Sunday.

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