Western Ore Mountains

The Westerzgebirge than most western part of the Ore Mountains, a natural area in Saxony and part of the superunit Saxon hill country and low mountain ranges. It extends east to the (still added counted ) Valley of the black water, or, according to its mouth, where the river Mulde and summarizes the western parts of the former main units lower (423 ) and Upper Western Ore Mountains and the southern slopes of the Ore Mountains (420 ) together.

In contrast to earlier physiographic divisions is today Westerzgebirge is only the western part of the formerly so designated mountain part, while the eastern part is now known as Middle Ore Mountains.

The Westerzgebirge heard in the upper part of the Erzgebirge / Vogtland.


The Westerzgebirge goes ( south ) west flowing into the historic Vogtland above and also includes some of the villages, while the ( no overlap permitting ) border with the natural environment Vogtland largely the watershed between the " Erzgebirge " rivers Mulde and, in the extreme south, Zwota follows the " Vogtland " White Elster, and in the central and southern course this limit is shifted slightly towards the east, ie the headwaters of the eastern Elster inflows are still attributed to the Ore Mountains. The High Stone in Erlbach is the southernmost mountain of the Erzgebirge.

To the north, the gently undulating Erzgebirgsbecken connects with the city of Zwickau, while the mountains to the south continues across the border to the Czech Republic. The state border largely follows the crest of the ridge, which passes to the southwest on both sides of the border in Elstergebirge into the natural environment Vogtland. The 805 m high High Brand, which is commonly attributed to the Elstergebirge because he southwest of the Zwota is still heard, the natural area to the western Erzgebirge.

In the south we find the highest point on Saxon soil with Auersberg ( 1019 m asl ) northwest of Johann George Town, which is southeast of the city and still dominates vrch ( Plattenberg ) beyond the state border from the 1043 m high Blatenský.


Below are listed all the cities and municipalities that have fully or partially share of the Western Ore Mountains. Locations belonging to the historical Vogtland are marked with an asterisk ( *).

  • Aue (center and west)
  • Auerbach * (only sparsely populated southeast half)
  • Bad Schlema
  • Bockau
  • Width Brunn ( northwestern parts of municipalities )
  • Crinitzberg
  • Eibenstock
  • Elle field * (Southeast only )
  • Erlbach * (Northeast half only )
  • Falkenstein * (only uninhabited south-eastern tip )
  • Gruenbach *
  • Hartmann bei Kirchberg
  • Hartenstein ( unpopulated down to the east and the far north-west )
  • Hirschfeld
  • Johann George Town
  • Kirchberg (except for the extreme south-west )
  • Klingenthal *
  • Langenweißbach
  • Pure
  • Lengenfeld * (only extreme north-east)
  • Mark Neukirchen * (only uninhabited, extreme northeast corner )
  • Muldenhammer *
  • Neustadt * (only uninhabited South ( east ) s)
  • Oelsnitz / Erzgeb. ( South East only )
  • Rodewisch * (only uninhabited, extreme southeast)
  • Schneeberg
  • Schoeneck * (up to a small, uninhabited strip on the western flank )
  • Schonheide
  • Black Mountain (center and west)
  • Stützengrün
  • Steinberg * (except for the extreme north- west)
  • Werda * (Southeast half only )
  • Wildenfels (except the north)
  • Zschorlau
  • Zwota *