Saxon Uplands

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Frankenstein in the Ore Mountain Foreland

The Saxon Uplands,[1] Saxon Hills[2] or Ore Mountain Foreland (German: Erzgebirgsvorland) is a strip of countryside of about 200 m to 500 m above sea level (NN) high, in the German state of Saxony, that lies immediately north of the German Ore Mountains and runs mainly through the areas of Zwickauer Land, Zwickau, Chemnitzer Land, Chemnitz, Mittelsachsen and the country south of Dresden. It borders on the Upper Pleißeland to the extreme west, the Ore Mountain Basin in the south and the Mulde Loess Hills to the north and east.

Immediately north of the Western and Central Ore Mountains lie the cities of Zwickau and Chemnitz in the Ore Mountain Basin, whose western extension, the Upper Pleißeland is usually considered part of the basin today. Northeast of Chemnitz a narrow strip of land, the Mulde Loess Hills (Mulde-Lösshügelland) is squeezed in between the Dresden Basin (Elbtalkessel) and the eastern section of the Ore Mountains.[3]

Natural divisions[edit]

The Ore Mountains are often divided into the following areas (main units based on Meynen, and, in brackets, the Federal Office for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz or BfN):

  • 45 (part of D19) Saxon Uplands (Erzgebirgsvorland)


  1. ^ Dickinson, Robert E (1964). Germany: A regional and economic geography (2nd ed.). London: Methuen. ASIN B000IOFSEQ.
  2. ^ Elkins, T H (1972). Germany (3rd ed.). London: Chatto & Windus, 1972. ASIN B0011Z9KJA.
  3. ^ Map of the natural regions in Saxony at (pdf, 859 kB)

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