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Thomas Wittig - Oberbürgermeister der Bergstadt Marienberg

Dear internet users,
dear Madam or Sir,

I am glad to be able to welcome you on the Marienberg website. I am sending my warm greetings and hope these pages can awake your interest in our town.

Marienberg lies in the heart of the picturesque nature of the Ore Mountains. It is an old mining town, which is trying to maintain its traditions while being progressive.

The foundation of the town dates back to the reign of Henry the Pious, Duke of Saxony from the house of Wettin. The reason for his signing the charter in 1521 was the discovery of silver in 1519. The landmarked town ist the evidence of its commencement and it is proud to be the only preserved ideal town built in the Italian Renaissance Style north of the Alps.

The inhabitants and guests of Marienberg are attracted by the periodical events and festivities, by a number of interesting museums and other cultural facilities and numerous possibilities for spending their leisure time. The yearly organised Miners Parade on the third Sunday of Advent is only one example.

The potential of our town, in my opinion, lies in good cooperation of its inhabitants, who themselves contribute to the common welfare. Marienberg can on the other hand be perceived as a garrison town and an industrial and administration centre.

Beside the German armed forces, the biggest employers of the town area are the company SCHERDEL Marienberg GmbH and a part of the Ore Mountains district administration.

I am looking forward to your visit,

Glück auf,


Thomas Wittig

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