Situated on top of a basalt outcrop and looking over the sweeping valley below, Burg Parkstein was once a magnificent castle of unknown origin, which was inhabited since at least the 12th century. The structure was damaged during the Thirty Year War, and was eventually razed to the ground, with a beautiful chapel now taking its place. Explore the few sparse remnants of this once majestic castle and enjoy the admirable views of the verdant countryside.
With a visit to the MuseumsQuartier, one can learn all about the town's diverse history in a short span of time. A walk along these cobbled lanes will bring you to the fishery museum, which explains the history of fishing and fish rearing. A former monastery is also part of the quarter, housing exhibits depicting the town's eventful history, its importance in manufacturing porcelain and a host of other topics. With such culturally diverse topics on offer, visitors to MuseumsQuartier always leave enriched and fascinated.
Himmelsleiter, which, when loosely translated, means 'ladder to heaven', is an important panoramic attraction in Tirschenreuth. Climbing up the stairs will give visitors unrestrained views of the town and the Tirschenreuth pond, which is always awash in a host of different colors as the sunlight falls on the tranquil waters. To admire this gorgeous view, a detour to Himmelsleiter is a must.
Established in 1992, Deutsches Fahrzeugmuseum is a car museum in Fichtelberg, Germany. It showcases more than 500 exhibits from 1896 till the present day. These not only include some exclusive pieces of cars and motorcycles but also airplanes, tractors, and fire engines. The exhibition is spread over three floors and a massive outdoor area. It is a delightful place for automobile enthusiasts in the Upper Franconian city.
Founded in 1907, Fichtelgebirge Museum is a regional museum in Wunsiedel, Germany. It is housed in a number of hospital buildings spread across 2500 square meters (0.61 acres) of exhibition space. The exhibitions here deal with subjects like prehistory, geology, mineralogy, mining, regional history, and cultural history. Exclusive display of a mineral collection of about 2000 individual rocks and crystals and a collection of painted furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries is seen here. Moreover, the smithy, pottery, and whitesmith workshop at this place give visitors an insight into these prominent trades of the past.
Creatively centered around a sand dune which resulted from mining activities, Monte Kaolino is a one-of-a-kind sand-ski park. Apart from skiing and camping, activities like golf, swimming, skating and climbing are also on offer. The recreational area also hosts several sand-boarding competitions, among which the Sandboarding World Championships are the most well-known. All in all, this is a perfect place to keep your adrenaline pumping.
Dating from the 16th and 17th centuries respectively, the Altes und Neues Schloss Neustadt are among the most prominent landmarks in the area. Exemplifying the history and culture of the town, the Altes Schloss is home to a tourist information center while the Neues Schloss conceals within its time-honored walls marvelous frescoes and informative exhibits. Both structures feature striking facades and are supplemented by a pleasant baroque garden.