Altenberg, Saxony

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Altenberg is located in Saxony
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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
CountryGermany
StateSaxony
DistrictSächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge
Subdivisions20
Government
 • MayorThomas Kirsten
Area
 • Total145.81 km2 (56.30 sq mi)
Elevation
750 m (2,460 ft)
Population
 (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total7,939
 • Density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
01773
Dialling codes035056
Vehicle registrationPIR
Websitewww.altenberg.de

Altenberg (German pronunciation: [ˈaltənbɛɐ̯k] (About this soundlisten)) is a town in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany.

Overview[edit]

The town is situated in the Ore Mountains, 32 km south of Dresden, and 15 km northwest of Teplice, Czech Republic.

Altenberg Town hall
Pyramid at the station
Altenberg 1839

Municipal subdivisions[edit]

Points of interest[edit]

Look-out from the rim of the Great Pinge across the town of Altenberg
  • The Great Pinge (Große Pinge) of Altenberg is a giant pinge or collapsed mineshaft above 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 considered to be one out of 77 of the most important geotopes in Germany.
  • DKB-Eiskanal: The Altenberg bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track venue (official name until 2012: Rennschlitten- und Bobbahn Altenberg (RSBB)).
  • 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.
  • Botanischer Garten Schellerhau, a botanical garden

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

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aktuelle Einwohnerzahlen nach Gemeinden 2017 (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). October 2018.

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