High on Horse into the Kingdom

Schlettau Castle (A)

For more than 900 years, the castle on the Zschopau river has enthused all those who dared to cross what is also named “the rolling river” to get to Chemnitz. Schlettau Castle is a multi-façetted gem amid the Ore Mountains and certainly worth a break on a long cycle tour. There is something of interest for everyone: a colouring book of knights for the little ones, cool refreshments at the cafe for the thirsty or a centre of the flora and fauna history for the lovers of nature. Those who would like to take a rest from riding their bikes may want to relax in the enchanting flair of the castle park. But also the herbal liqueur cellar, an impressing knights’ hall and a chamber devoted exclusively to Ore Mountain folklore art will fascinate the widely interested visitor.

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Further to Station B – Scharfenstein Castle: approx. 27 km

Scharfenstein Castle (B)

Towering high above the town of Scharfenstein, the castle permits views into the valley into which the Zschopau river has dug deeply on its way through the Ore Mountains. The castle itself accommodates one of the most important collections of Ore Mountain folklore art. Especially the Christmas accessories, such as “pyramids”, nutcrackers and carved figures of miners can be admired at the exhibition. But also wooden toys have the eyes, not only of the little ones, sparkle. The cyclist will, hopefully at the castle only, meet the local Ore Mountain poacher-hero Karl Stuelpner. He has many a story to tell – certainly including the one how he became a folk hero. After having spent a long time in the saddle, the exhibition of “Folklore art with tongue in cheek” will surely be a welcome diversion inviting you to put your hands on the exhibits.

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Further to Station C – Wildeck Castle: approx. 7 km

Wildeck Castle (C)

A few kilometres up river, Wildeck Castle which used to watch over the ford across the Zschopau river will welcome you. Today, its more than 800-year-old walls accommodate the museum on the history of motor-bike manufacture in the Town of Zschopau, which is explained to the visitor in an exhibition by way of several illustrating media. In the 20th century, Zschopau was an important centre of Saxon automotive engineering, and the local MZ Works used to be the world’s largest motor-bike producer. Those who are now tired of cycling may enjoy the engines that have more horse-power. The castle that was converted into a hunting lodge in the 16th century also houses a mint and a fascinating mineral collection.

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Further to Station D – Augustusburg Castle: approx. 15 km

Augustusburg Castle (D)

For more than 400 years, the »crown of the Ore Mountains« has rested high above Zschopau. With reference to Augustusburg Castle’s earlier use as a hunting lodge, the museum for game hunting and ornithology shows the interested visitor about 120 species of animals. You may watch eagles and other birds of prey hunting in their full glory at the eagle and falcon yard. The castle premises are a true Mecca for motor-bikers. Augustusburg Castle is not only where the biker community hold their traditional “winter convention” every January, it also accommodates Europe’s most important motor-bike collection and the world’s most extensive DKW and MZ exhibition. At the Castle Museum, weaponry, historical furniture and courtly apparel is on display illustrating the life at an Elector’s hunting castle.

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Further to Station E – Kriebstein Castle: approx. 42 km

Kriebstein Castle (E)

Kriebstein Castle is deemed Saxony’s most beautiful knights’ castle. It certainly deserves this title, since it is here where medieval times are brought back to life again. Not only the illusionist murals in the 15th-century treasure vault contribute to that, but also the scenes depicting Mary in the 1410 chapel. The Kriebstein Room, which can be visited on a guided tour, is especially impressive. This is a chamber in the residential tower whose three walls of close boarding are richly adorned with tendrils and, as its highlight, shows the figurative scene of annunciation from the Gospel of Luke. The visitor will have an impression of the life at the castle in the Rooms of Styles from Renaissance to neo-Gothic, where much can be discovered in the various rooms ranging from bed-chamber to study.

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