Oberwiesenthal was founded as a mining community during the Era of "Berggeschrey" (sic!) in early modern times. While the mining was mostly over even pre-WWI, winter tourism brought new wealth to this town within easy reach of several slopes. During GDR times Oberwiesenthal was without any doubt the premier winter sports destination of the country as well as a center of the organized training of world class athletes to win gold for the "pesants and farmer state". While winter sports never left the place, it was not unaffected by the collapse of the GDR and with it many former regular visitors trying their luck with the new found travel freedom. However, Oberwiesenthal has since bounced back and even attracts visitors from the other side of the former iron curtain that were few and far between just three decades ago.
Oberwiesenthal is not served by DB but rather a steam heritage railway (for which you need an extra ticket). The Fichtelbergbahn has departures at least twice daily in either direction even during the off season and takes you from Cranzahl (served by DB) to Oberwiesenthal in roughly one hour.
There is a city bus A, which also goes on the top of Fichtelberg.
- Fichtelberg. 1214 m high montain
- Ski- und Heimatmuseum, Karlsbader Straße 3, ☏ . oldest cable car in Germany
- Martin-Luther-Kirch. Hertelt Krippe (Crib)
- Kursächsische Postmeilensäule (Electorate of Saxony postal milepost) (Marktplatz).
Accommodation list is available on the towns website.
- Boží Dar (Gottesgab) – important ski area
- Jachymov (St. Joachimsthal) – Spa town
- Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) – Spa town