Special Altenberg Travel Tips by Bettina Kraft
Why I like Altenberg: Altenberg, Saxony, is located in the scenic Erzgebirge (Ore Mountain) region, south of Dresden and close to the Czech border. The town's greatest claim to fame is the Altenberg bobsled, luge, and skeleton track. Bobsleds have been raced in Altenberg since about 1908, but this track was built as a competition-quality course between 1981 and 1986. The Altenberg track is internationally famous, and it was host to the 1996 and 2012 FIL World Luge championships. Another notable site to visit in Altenberg is the Great Pinge, a giant collapsing mine shaft caused by old tin ore mining excavations. This area is considered one of Germany's top 77 most important biotope areas. Geisenberg Mountain offers a tower and look out to visitors. The Geisenberg Meadows preserve area has significant populations of globe flowers and wild orchids that bloom in spring and early summer. Lastly, take the time to visit the Schellerhau Botanical Garden. This garden was established in 1906 by the then inspector of the Royal Botanical Garden in Dresden as his private garden. Today the garden has about 1,000 species with a concentration on endangered local plants. Species from North America and Asia are also collected here. Once you are done enjoying the outdoor opportunities that Altenberg provides, you may wish to take a day trip to either Teplice, Czech Republic (7 miles), or Dresden (20 miles).
These Altenberg travel tips are compiled by Bettina Kraft. Bettina likes to help visitors from all over the world to experience Germany in a different, more personal way, and make it easy for them to do so by providing detailed travel tips and advise.
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There is unfortunately a lot of scam and fraud on the Internet today and we read sad stories about families who booked a cheap apartment on a rental site only to find out later when they arrived that this apartment did not even exist! Therefore when you see our LLAG quality seal next to an apartment listing that means that we have verified and approved this particular apartment and you can be assured that this is a good choice when booking this one.
Of course, given our large selection of vacation rentals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland we cannot personally inspect every one of them. However, here is what we do to to ensure overall high quality and minimze the risk of fraud:
First, we are very selective and don't accept apartments of poor quality based on submitted description and photos.
We verify the owner's address, require a web site, and a valid phone number. With many of our property owners we talk with them over the phone on a daily basis and we have built up with them a strong business relationship over the years.
If we experience communication issues with a property owner, e.g. they respond too slowly to inquiries or customer requests, we investigate and possibly cancel our business relationship with that owner. Reason is if we are not able to successfully communicate with an owner, how can we expect that it should work out with a potential tenant?
We have a very high customer satisfaction rate (please read our customer testimonials.) However, if a customer reports issues we also immediately investigate. In case of incidents where we believe the quality and overall service of an apartment is no longer up to our standards we also remove that one from our site quickly.
Those quality measures helped us in the past to successfully protect our customers when booking a rental through us. Look for the LLAG quality seal that indicates that we have approved and verified that apartment.