Founded in the 17th century, this town has a long mining tradition, from tinn and iron to uranium. Pitchblende from here was used to discover the element of uranium and after World War II the SDAG Wismut (a deliberately deceptive name meaning "Bismuth", a harmless metal they definitely weren't after) searched for Uranium here and mined it in such a destructive fashion that large parts of the old town had to be torn down. The town immediately borders the Czech Republic and thanks to the Schengen Treaty you can simply walk across the border if you so chose.
- 1 Bahnhof Johanngeorgenstadt. The train station sees hourly service from Zwickau and several daily trains from Karlovy Vary. Unfortunately, plans to have trains continue between both cities have never materialized and thus you'd have to change here if heading from Zwickau to the West Bohemian Spa Triangle. The line to Karlovy Vary twists and turns through a stunning mountain landscape and is known in the Czech Republic as the "Krušnohorský Semmering" ("Ore Mountain Semmering") after the famous Austrian mountain railway.
The town charges a "Gästetaxe" of 1€ per day for all who stay here. In exchange you'll get a guest card which gives you a rebate in many venues in and around town.
If you're coming from the German side, why not hop across the border to the Czech Republic? Karlovy Vary, one of the three corners of the West Bohemian Spa Triangle is only an hour away across a gorgeous mountain railway.