Brake sharply … slide into the bend … pedal hard and … jump! Look out for tree roots as sweat runs into your eyes and gravel is catapulted into the woods. Excellent! The Rabenberg trail centre near Breitenbrunn has trails to suit all ability levels for real mountain bikers! Hikers are not allowed on the mountain bike trails – but have plenty of other scenic destinations to choose from in the surrounding Erzgebirge mountains. They can enjoy secluded paths in the peaceful countryside or enjoy meeting people in the mountain inns and rustic taverns found along the Erzgebirge-Vogtland ridge trail.

If your feet get tired, jump on the Fichtelberg mountain railway in the next little town. It steams along gently at 25 kilometres an hour carrying passengers from Cranzahl to Oberwiesenthal at the foot of the Fichtelberg mountain. The peak of the Fichtelberg is 1,215 metres high and marks the most important winter sports resort in the Erzgebirge region. In the warmer seasons, many walkers hike to the summit, but it’s much easier to take the oldest aerial cable car in Germany or the modern chair lift. The chair lift ensures the pistes are full in winter with snowboarders showing off their latest tricks and skiers perfecting their technique.

Around the Fichtelberg and across the whole Erzgebirge region, winter hikers can explore hundreds of kilometres of stunning white hiking paths and cross-country skiing trails. When winter gives way to spring, cyclists once again return to the asphalt. Newly polished racing bikes weave their way around twisting stretches of road and only allow themselves to be overtaken when it gets really steep – by a group of riders on electric bikes.

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