Welcome to the home of the Schwibbogen
Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in the youngest mining town in the Erzgebirge.
Our lively and charming city sits in the stunning landscape of the western Erzgebirge mountains, right on the Czech border. Founded by Bohemian exiles with the permission of Saxon Elector Johann Georg I in 1654, and at 700 to 1,000 m above sea level, it is the second highest town in Saxony, making it an excellent winter sport resort. From the ski lodge, you can follow the Kammloipe ridgeway trail as far as Schöneck in Vogtland.
If that's not for you, the town also boasts a roller skating and ice rink that is illuminated in winter, a double chair lift, toboggan slopes and a vast network of hiking and skiing trails to explore.
Even if you're not a winter sport fan, it's still a great place for lovers of an active lifestyle, with an indoor swimming pool, a natural outdoor pool, the Franz Mehring sport and community centre, a bowling alley and mountain bike trails.
Here in Johanngeorgenstadt, we treasure our heritage and customs. At the Heimatstube local history museum, you can learn about traditional handicrafts such as bobbin lace-making, woodcarving, shoe and leather glove making, and how Schwibbogen are made. The Pferdegöpel mining technology museum and the Frisch Glück "Glöckl" educational exhibition mine explore the town's centuries of mining history.
The home of the Schwibbogen truly lives up to its name. These arched candle holders are a Christmas tradition born of the Erzgebirge's mining communities; here in Johanngeorgenstadt, you'll not only find the largest free-standing version at 15 m tall and 25 m wide, but plenty of others of all sizes across the town. The figures in our 26 m high Riesenpyramide (giant pyramid) tell the history of the town.
On this website, you’ll find plenty of useful information about the town's administration and the various aspects of town life. Be inspired by the natural beauty you can see on our webcams along the ridgeway trail, and discover just how much this town has to offer. Make sure to visit the homepage regularly to keep up to date on our many events.
And of course, come and visit us in person if you can.
Mayor Holger Hascheck