Annaberg-Buchholz: special features and festivals
carvings and bobbin lace In Annaberg-Buchholz the tradition of wood carving and bobbin lace is still maintained today. In the street between the market and St. Annenkirchen you can buy so many unusual pieces from traditional Christmas decorations to modern sculptures. If you want, you can also take part in carving or lace seminars here.
Note: According to cheeroutdoor, Annaberg-Buchholz is a city located in Germany.
An important specialty of Annaberg is the treasure hunt, which is inextricably linked with the city’s history, because the city actually only came into being because treasure hunters in the Ore Mountains were looking for their luck. The first silver finds on the Schreckenberg triggered the “great mountain cry” and attracted countless treasure hunters to the region, who in turn brought their knowledge, their craftsmanship, their traditions and ways of life If you want to follow in the footsteps of these ancestors of today’s Annaberg, you can get a treasure map from the and set off on your own, with a stamp and a small treasure at each location. Incidentally, the said treasure map can be obtained from all institutions participating in the treasure hunt for 5 euros. For another 10 euros, you can get a specially made treasure chest at the tourist information office.
City of Adam Ries
The name of the city is also inseparably connected with Adam Ries (1492-1559): The German arithmetic master, who died in Annaberg in 1559, had been running an arithmetic school in Erfurt since 1518, where he wrote two of his arithmetic books and had them printed. From 1522/1523 he worked in Annaberg, where he would also spend the rest of his life. In the city he finished his algebra textbook “Coß” (only printed in 1992). Ries, who settled in the Annaberg Johannisgasse, works as a review writer, counter writer and tithe. His last work was published in 1550.
Celebrations and events
Annaberger Kät (short: Kät)
The largest folk festival in the Ore Mountains is celebrated every year two weeks after Whitsun in Annaberg-Buchholz and lasts nine days. It is also one of the largest and oldest folk festivals in Germany. During the festival, which is known far beyond the region, 100 showmen present their shops. The former “Trinitatisfest”, which was brought into being by Georg the Bearded in 1519, has changed over the centuries from the German term “Dreifaltigkeitsfest” to the Saxon “Dreifaldschkät” (in short: Kät). The Kätplatz is ready for the festival today, spreading out directly on the B95 and between Annabrg and the Pöhlberg.
Annaberg Christmas Market
The Annaberg Christmas Market is also known nationwide. It begins on the first Advent and is traditionally concluded on the 4th Advent with a mountain parade, which can be counted among the largest in the world.
Annaberg-Buchholz: Well-known people
Adam Ries (around 1492 -1559)
The German arithmetic master who died in Annaberg-Buchholz in 1559 (often incorrectly referred to as Adam Riese) had been running an arithmetic school in Erfurt since 1518, where he wrote two of his arithmetic books and had them printed. From 1522/1523 he worked in Annaberg-Buchholz, where he was to spend the rest of his life. In the city he finished his algebra textbook “Coß” (only printed in 1992). Ries, who settled in the Annaberg Johannisgasse, works as a review writer, counter writer and tithe. His last work was published in 1550.
Gottfried Arnold (1666-1714)
The German theologian from Annaberg made a particularly good contribution to church history.
Volker Bräutigam (born 1939)
The German composer from Frohnau was also a church musician.
Carlfriedrich Claus (1930-1998)
This German graphic artist and writer from Annaberg-Buchholz died in Chemnitz in 1998.
George the Bearded (1471-1539)
The Duke of Albertine Saxony, known as George the Bearded, is believed to be the founder of the city of Annaberg.
Nina Hagen (born 1955)
The shrill rock singer and actress was born in East Berlin. But from the age of 15 she appeared with her mother on the Annaberg-Buchholz theater stage, where she had spent a few years of her youth..
Heinrich Köselitz (1854-1918) In
1918 the German writer and composer, better known as Peter Gast, died in his native Annaberg-Buchholz. He was also Friedrich Nietzsche’s longtime friend and colleague.
Siegfried Lorenz (born 1930)
Born in Annaberg, Lorenz was a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the SED in the GDR and also first secretary of the SED district leadership in Karl-Marx-Stadt (today’s Chemnitz).
Frank-Thomas Mende (born 1949)
This director, translator and actor has worked as a freelance mime artist since 1983 and is best known to his audience as Clemens Richter in the RTL soap opera “Gute Zeiten – Schlechte Zeiten” (GZSZ). He has been playing there since 1992.
Barbara Uthmann (around 1514-1575)
This successful entrepreneur, who died in Annaberg in 1575, is considered to be the creator of the second boom in Annaberg’s industry (after silver mining). She promoted spiztenkjlöppelei and braid weaving.
Werner Vogelsang (1895-1945 in Wladimir)
This German politician of the NSDAP had attended the Realgymnasium in Annaberg until 1912.
Christian Felix Weisse (1726-1804)
This German writer and educator was born in Annaberg. He is one of the most important representatives of the Enlightenment and is celebrated as the founder of German children’s and youth literature.
Charlotte Worgitzky (1934-2018)
Born in Annaberg, the German writer grew up in Leipzig, where she also graduated from drama and theater academy. She later gave up acting and settled down as a freelance writer. Later she lived in Berlin. In her strongly feminist stories she dealt with explosive topics such as equality for women, abortion and euthanasia. She died on December 14th in Berlin at the age of 84.