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The western portions of the Erzgebirge have the highest peaks, with Klínovec (Keilberg, 1244 m) on the Czech side and Fichtelberg (1214.6 m) on the German side being the highest mountains of this range. In the west the Ore Mountains adjoin the lower Bavarian Fichtelgebirge. In the east, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains on both banks of the Elbe river may be regarded as the easternmost extension of the Erzgebirge. East of the Elbe, the mountain chain continues as the Lusatian Mountains. While the mountains slope gently away to the north, where the cities of Zwickau and Chemnitz are located in the foothills, the southern incline is rather steep.

The Erzgebirge was virtually unsettled during the Middle Ages and covered with dense forests. In the fifteenth century the discovery of silver and tin ore deposits led to the settlement of the mountains and the foundation of cities. Due to the richness in mineral resources, including fluorspar, iron, copper, cobalt and uranium, as well as silver and tin, the German-speaking population which until 1945 lived on both sides of the mountains called them Erzgebirge, which literally means "metal ore mountain range". Silver found in Joachimsthal was used to mint coins known as Joachimsthaler or Thaler, from which the word dollar is derived. Later uranium was found there. After World War II, Soviet experts searched for remains of the German nuclear energy project to support the Soviet atomic bomb project. A mining company called SDAG Wismut (named after bismuth) operated until the fall of communism, causing environmental damage.

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"We would like the beginning of May (29.04 - 07:05.) Make for a week in the Erzgebirge holiday. My partner's railway fan, so a ride on the train would Fichtel etc. quasi mandatory. An appropriately located accommodation would be desirable. Have you given insider tips for us? What else is worth seeing?" (posted 02/19/2017)

The station is just 200mts away from the house. It just goes to Altenberg in one direction, but went to Dresden in the other direction with a change in Heidenau. There is a very enjoyable game park about 5 kilometers from the house. There are many castles within 50km and other attractions. Dresden and the beautiful Elbe and Saxony Switzerland is a 30-minute drive away. There is a boating lake and a swimming pool on the other side of Geising and there are many pleasant walks. One at a nice restaurant on the top of Kohlhaukuppe. The train station is only 200mts from the house. It only goes to Altenberg in one direction but goes to Dresden in the other direction with a change at Heidenau. There is a very pleasant wildlife park Approximately 5 km from teh house. There are many castles within 50km and other places of interest. Dresden and the beautiful Elbe and Saxony Switzerland is a 30 minute drive away. There is a boating lake and outdoor swimming pool on the other side of Geising and there are many pleasant walks. One to a lovely restaurant on the top of Kohlhaukuppe
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