The health resort of Oberwiesenthal – Highly recommended!
You’ve rooted for your heroes, crossed your fingers for them and celebrated with them. You’ve been part of the cheering crowd countless times. When Germany’s most successful ski jumper took his place at the top of the hill, sports fans across the nation hoped for a medal. Three-time Olympic gold medallist and two-time world champion Jens Weißflog, along with many other well-known successful athletes, have made the health resort of Oberwiesenthal famous as a winter sports venue.
Professionals and newbies, ski bunnies and ambitious new challengers mix and mingle on the slopes here. After all, fun, action and having a great time in the snow are the order of the day. Ten graded downhill courses across all levels of difficulty make up a total of 15.5 km of slope.
With around 75 km of varied and interesting trails, the health resort of Oberwiesenthal is a dream come true for cross-country skiers as well.
But a winter holiday is about more than just skiing. With toboggan runs, hikes for winter boots and snow shoes, snow tubing, skating and opportunities to ride in a horse-drawn sled, there is plenty to do. For a special day out, take a trip on the Fichtelbergbahn, Saxony’s highest-situated narrow-gauge railway. On the 120-year-old steam railway, you can watch the stunning winter landscape go by... at “breakneck” speeds of up to 25 km per hour. Oberwiesenthal owes its status as Saxony’s skiing nirvana to this railway. In 1895, Trygve Olsen was working on the construction of the Cranzahl–Oberwiesenthal railway as a trainee engineer. When he saw the gorgeous hillsides decked in white snow, he had his skis sent over from Norway and started a trend. Today, Oberwiesenthal is the largest alpine skiing resort in Saxony.
We recommend a visit to the winter sports museum at the K3 tourist information centre in Oberwiesenthal to learn more!
A Welcome from the Mayor
Dear athletes, residents and guests,
a very warm welcome to the 2020 Nordic Junior and U23 Cross-Country World Ski Championships in the highest town in Germany!
With its highly developed infrastructure for inhabitants and guests and cutting-edge sports facilities at an altitude that guarantees snow, the health resort of Oberwiesenthal presents athletes from all over the world with the best possible conditions. National and international training camps and competitions take place regularly throughout the year, during which the world’s best athletes measure themselves against one another.
Thanks to the outstanding conditions, a highly successful elite training centre for cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, biathlon, luge and downhill racing has been established at the Fichtelberg mountain. To date, Oberwiesenthal athletes – including well-known figures such as Ullrich Wehling, Jens Weißflog, Sylke Otto and Eric Frenzel – have earned over 390 medals at the Olympic Games and at world and European championships.
For that reason, we are proud to also host the JWSC in 2020. I hope that the event goes smoothly and offer my warmest thanks to WSC Erzgebirge Oberwiesenthal e.V., the Free State of Saxony, the Erzgebirgskreis district, the sports federations and all the helpers and supporters, as well as the sponsors and companies supporting the championships!
I wish all the athletes and their teams, as well as the guests and spectators, exciting events and interesting moments – and perhaps a little time to visit and enjoy the stunning surroundings or one of the many attractions our holiday region has to offer.
Wishing you all a sincere “Glück auf”,
Ihr Mirko Ernst
Mayor of Oberwiesenthal