Altenberg, Saxony

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Altenberg, Saxony
Altenberg Panorama (04) 2006-10-30.jpg
Coat of arms of Altenberg, Saxony
Coat of arms
Altenberg, Saxony   is located in Germany
Altenberg, Saxony
Altenberg, Saxony
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
Government
 • Mayor Thomas Kirsten
Area
 • Total 145.81 km2 (56.30 sq mi)
Elevation 750 m (2,460 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 8,211
 • Density 56/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.

Pyramid at the station
Altenberg Town hall

Municipal subdivisions[edit]

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 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.
Look-out from the rim of the Great Pinge across the town of Altenberg

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

Friedrich Leibnütz

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