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A Piece of Old Railway Running Under Castle Black Mountain

We are on the route of the old railway line to Johanngeorgenstadt, which opened in 1883. This section under the castle has been closed down in 1951. Because of the onsetting post-1945 uranium mining a twin-track construction with partial new route was built. Today you can visit a model railway exhibition in the tunnel.

The castle is enthroned with the St. George's Church on a protruding rock outcrop. These two buildings are the symbol of Black Mountain (Schwarzenberg).

The first known written mention of Black Mountain is from 21/12/1282: Vogt, Heinrich von Gera presented a certificate here in the city. It is about to assume with great probability that the castle was founded in 1150. At that time you may also assume that there must have been forty meters above the black water at the farthest point of the rocky spur found a watch-tower. A road led through this area to Bohemia already in 1118.

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Copyright: Rico Hentschel
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 15200x7600
Taken: 26/12/2009
Uploaded: 22/10/2012
Updated: 03/04/2015


Tags: ore mountains; railroad; black mountain; castle; church; locomotive
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