Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany Overview

By | August 6, 2021

Annaberg-Buchholz – the secret capital of the Ore Mountains?

“If you are a rich Annaberg, you have a sack full of Schreckenberger.” – This was the motto soon after the first silver finds in the Ore Mountains: In 1491 a certain Caspar Nietzel came across a silver corridor on the 649 meter high Schreckenberg in the northwest of today’s Annaberg had triggered the so-called Berggeschrey, i.e. the beginning of silver ore mining in the Ore Mountains. After it was found on Schreckenberg, the Neustadt am Schreckenberg emerged in 1496, which was to be named Sankt Annaberg a short time later, after the patron saint of miners: St. Anna. In 1498 Annaberg received the right to mint and for a certain time coined the “Schreckenberger”, a well-known means of payment in the Holy Roman Empire.

Today’s town of Annaberg-Buchholz, consisting of two once independent communities, has around 22,500 residents and functions as the administrative seat of the Saxon district of Annaberg. The lovely town of Annaberg-Buchholz nestles against the slopes of Pöhlberg (832 meters) and Schreckenberg and is a popular holiday destination for people from near and far. It extends in the middle of the picturesque natural landscape of the Upper Ore Mountains.

Note: According to commit4fitness, Annaberg-Buchholz is a city located in Germany. The name of the city is also inseparably linked 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.

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Name of the city Annaberg-Buchholz
Other names “Secret capital of the Ore Mountains”
Country Federal Republic of Germany
Location Annaberg-Buchholz is located in the German state of Saxony in the Ore Mountains.
Region Chemnitz
administrative district Annaberg district
Landmark St. Anna Church
Function of the city Administrative headquarters of the district of Annaberg,
supra-regional administrative and service center
Area 27.70 km²
Population 22,500
Ethnicities Va German
Languages Va German
Religions Va Protestant and Catholic Christianity In
addition, Methodists, Pentecostal churches, Adventists, New Apostolics, Mormons and Lorenzians
National currency Euro (1 € = 100 cents)
Mountains and elevations Annaberg-Buchholz is located in the Ore Mountains.
The highest peaks in the city are the Pöhlberg (832 meters) and the Schreckenberg (649 meters).
Official website of the city
Tourist center Tourist-Information Annaberg-Buchholz
Markt 1 (in the town hall)
09456 Annaberg-Buchholz
Tel: 0049 – (0) 3733 – 19433
Telephone code with country code 0049 – (0) 3733 – subscriber number
Time CET or CEST (Central European Summer Time) in summer
Line voltage, line frequency 230/400 volts and 50 hertz
License Plate ERZ (Erzgebirgskreis)

Annaberg-Buchholz: arrival and transport


Annaberg-Buchholz is located on the federal highways B95 and B101. With the Stollberg-West motorway junction, the city is also connected to the A72 motorway 25 kilometers away. In addition, the Saxon holiday route runs along Annaberg-Buchholz – the “Silberstraße”: This 140 km long first and longest holiday route in Saxony runs from Zwickau not only over Annaberg-Buchholz, but also over Schneeberg, Aue, Schwarzenberg, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Wolkenstein and Marienberg, Lengefeld, Brand-Erbisdorf, Freiberg, before it ends in Dresden.

The most important traffic rules in Germany, which of course also apply in Annaberg-Buchholz, can be found here >>>


In Chemnit / Jahnsdorf, about 28 kilometers from Annaberg, the nearest airfield is located. The closest airports are the Czech Karlovy Vary or Karlsbad (60 km), Leipzig-Altenburg (72 km), Dresden (103 km), Prague (118 km) and Leipzig / Halle (131 km).


There is a connection between Annaberg and Chemnitz via the Zschopautalbahn. This train then continues to Cranzahl or Bärenstein. This route is now operated by the Erzgebirgsbahn. There are two important stops in the city in Annaberg-Buchholz-Mitte and at the Süd Bahnhof.


BVO Verkehrsbetriebe Erzgebirge GmbH operates seven city bus routes in Annaberg-Buchholz, via which the entire city area can be accessed. There are also several regional bus routes. These connect Annaberg-Buchholz not only with the major cities in the region (such as Chemnitz, Dresden, Plauen or Karlovy Vary), but also with the smaller and surrounding villages.

Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany Overview