Are you familiar with any of the extraordinary villages in Saxony? The “Urlaub in Sachsens Dörfern” initiative would like to introduce you to them. In the summer of 2010, the Tourismus Marketing Gesellschaft Sachsen mbH (TMGS) had already started gathering interested parties for this new project, thereby opening up unchartered territory for its guests in the tourism sector.
With the TMGS as the funding organization, and in collaboration with the Saxon Ministry for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology, a brand with bookable offers had been established by 2013. Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz, Leubnitz and Jößnitz from the Vogtland, as well as an additional 18 villages in Saxony, are already part of the initiative.
Stories from the Vogtland about Starfarers and Bell Founders
No other town in the Vogtland has greater contrasts: on one side of Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz, centuries of simply country life and the long tradition of bell foundry are visible. On the other side, you can reach for the stars with modern space travel. Both are at home here and can be experienced by visitors most impressively. The German Aerospace Exhibition in the birthplace of Germany’s first cosmonaut depicts voyages into space. In more than 1000 exhibits, it illustrates the past, present and future of space travel. The past is represented by the historical smelting furnace in Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz. The furnace reminds of the early 20th century when the town was famous throughout Europe for the art of bell founding. More than 30,000 bells were cast in the Saxon Vogtland during this era.
The floodplains around the “Zwickauer Mulde” and the many hiking trails in the region are popular with nature lovers and hikers. Some of these trails have been turned into interesting educational paths, and are often groomed as cross-country ski trails during the winter months.
Beautifully Situated in the Vogtland’s Milling Region
At one time, numerous wind and watermills clattered in the area around the village of Leubnitz, making milling the most important craft of the region. It is still possible to trace the historic milling industry in many places of the Vogtland’s milling region, for example with a hearty meal in one of the many mills that have been converted into restaurants.
Alternatively, in keeping with the motto of “hiking is the miller’s delight”, you follow along the 53km-long “Müllerburschen Weg,” which takes you to all the preserved mills and relics of this once vibrant craft.
In Leubnitz, St. Mary’s Church from the 13th century and the noble castle from 1794 are well worth seeing. The latter is picturesquely situated in an extensive landscaped garden, perfect for taking a stroll.
A Melting Pot of Culture, Nature and Old Crafts
The learning trail, which takes you around the historical town centre and past orchards, ponds and gardens, is great for gaining a first impression of Jößnitz. Farmhouses and four-sided farmyards mark the villagescape, as does the church with its baroque steeple that towers over the village. The church’s interior is adorned by a panel painting from the studio of Lucas Cranach the Elder. There is much to do for guests to Jößnitz: in the neighbouring Steinsdorf, guests get to try their hand shaping glowing hot metal on the anvil at the musuem blacksmith’s shop.
A trip into the past can also be had at the Pfaffengut Plauen (clerical estate). Here, guests can experience what the hard life on an estate used to be like: corn is ground using stones and the clothes wringer is operated by hand. Soar with the protégés at the Falconry Park Hermann, where spectacular flight shows with the different birds of prey and owls are held every weekend.
The falconer explains what can be done today to protect these magnificent wild birds.
Administrative Department of Jößnitz
08547 Plauen / OT Jößnitz, Germany
Phone.: +49 (0)3741 521188
Fax: +49 (0)3741 528111