Altenberg, Saxony

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Altenberg
Altenberg Panorama (04) 2006-10-30.jpg
Coat of arms of Altenberg
Coat of arms
Altenberg is located in Germany
Altenberg
Altenberg
Coordinates: 50°45′52″N 13°45′28″E / 50.76444°N 13.75778°E / 50.76444; 13.75778Coordinates: 50°45′52″N 13°45′28″E / 50.76444°N 13.75778°E / 50.76444; 13.75778
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge
Municipal assoc. Altenberg
Subdivisions 20
Government
 • Mayor Thomas Kirsten
Area
 • Total 145.81 km2 (56.30 sq mi)
Elevation 750 m (2,460 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 8,272
 • Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 01773
Dialling codes 035056
Vehicle registration PIR
Website www.altenberg.de

Altenberg (German pronunciation: [ˈaltənbɛɐ̯k] ( )) is a town in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is situated in the Ore Mountains, close to the border with the Czech Republic, 15 km northwest of Teplice, and 32 km south of Dresden.

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Sport[edit]

It is home of the Altenberg bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track that has been in use since 1987.

The FIBT World Championships 2008 ran February 11–24, 2008 in Altenberg, Saxony, for the fifth time, having done so in 1991 (bobsleigh), 1994 (skeleton), 1999 (skeleton), and 2000 (men's bobsleigh). It was the first time Altenberg has hosted all of the events at one championship

Points of interest[edit]

  • The ‘Great Pinge’ (Große Pinge) of Altenberg is a giant collapsing shaft formed from old mining excavations (mainly tin ore digging) throughout the last centuries. Today this 12 ha area (150 m deep and 450 m in diameter), bordering the town area, is considerded to be one out of 77 of the most important geotopes in Germany.
Look-out from the rim of the Great Pinge across the town of Altenberg
  • The basalt mountain Geisingberg (824 m) with mountain hut, tower and look-out. On the flanks of the hill, at the Geisingberg Meadows preserve area, there are important populations of globe-flowers and wild orchids, blooming in spring and early summer.

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