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Markneukirchen Overview

Markneukirchen is a town in the Vogtlandkreis district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It lies in between the Erzgebirge and the Fichtelgebirge in the Elstergebirge, 24 km southeast of Plauen (Plauen vacation rentals | Plauen travel guide), and 14 km northeast of Asch.

Markneukirchen is the main town of the German musical instrument making region that it is known for high quality brass and string instruments. It is the home to the Museum of Musical Instruments founded in 1883 by Paul Otto Apian-Bennewitz. It hosts an annual International Instrumental Competition and master classes. Since 1993 the competition has been a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

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The Musikinstrumenten-Museum Markneukirchen was founded in 1883 by Paul Otto Apian-Bennewitz a teacher and organist. At that time the manufacture of Orchestral instruments was expanding due to increased trade with many European countries and with the USA. He envisaged a teaching collection of European and ethnic instruments. There are now over 3100 items from Europa, Asia, Africa, America und Australia in the collection. The core collection consists of instruments from the immediate area that document the development of instruments from the 17th century to the present day. In the last 60 years, 3 million people have visited the museum in the Paulus-Schlösschen, a late baroque town house.

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More about the History of Markneukirchen

Nothaft: In the 13th century, the new village was established and took the name of the local Egerland nobility: Albertus Nothaft de Wildstein, who was occupying the area and moving in families from Bayern and Oberpfälz. In a deed from a century later , 1378, it was referred to as Nuwenkrichen dictum Nothaft. Around 1274 the name was first recorded as Neukirchen (new church). The new church building was mentioned in a deed from Klosters Waldsassen, as Chunradus de Newenkirchen. In 1357 (Nuenkirchin) and 1360 (stat) gained a market with the same rights as the neighbouring towns of Adorf (Adorf vacation rentals | Adorf travel guide) und Oelsnitz. The market was founded by Vögte von Plauen (Plauen vacation rentals | Plauen travel guide) (either Heinrich der Ältere or Heinrich der Lange), who used it to establish a higher place in the pecking order, in their struggle with the Wettiner dynasty. The present spelling Markneukirchen, that is Mark without a t, was fixed in 1858 by royal decree from Dresden (Dresden vacation rentals | Dresden travel guide), so it would not be confused with other Neukirchens.

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Markneukirchen is a town in the Vogtlandkreis district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It lies in between the Erzgebirge and the Fichtelgebirge in the Elstergebirge, 24 km southeast of Plauen, and 14 km northeast of Asch.

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