Things to do in Freiberg

Terra mineralia

The newly renovated castle Freudenstein hosts terra mineralia, a collection of over 3,500 minerals, gemstones and meteorites from Asia, America, Africa, Australia and Europe. The minerals presented in this exhibition have been collected by the Saxon-born Swiss Lady Dr. Erika Pohl over more than sixty years. Her collection -- given as a permanent loan to the TU Bergakademie Freiberg -- is regarded as one of the most valuable and significant private collections of the world.

The exhibition is open daily 9 am -- 6 pm (admission: 7 EUR). It is recommended that you plan 2 -- 3 hours for visiting the whole exhibition. Alternatively, you might consider visiting the Treasure Chamber or single exhibition halls only which takes approximately 30 minutes.

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Cathedral of St Mary

The Cathedral of St Mary (German: Dom St. Marien) is a triple-naved Gothic hall church built on the remains of a Romanesque basilica which was almost completely destroyed in the great fire of 1484. However, two remarkable features -- the crucifixion group and the Golden Gate, a late Romanesque arched sandstone portal -- were preserved. An exceptional feature of the cathedral are the two adjacent pulpits in the central nave, namely the free-standing tulip pulpit built around 1505 and the miner's pulpit of 1638. Organ enthusiasts are attracted by the two organs of Gottfried Silbermann, one being a large instrument with 44 organ stops and over 2,500 organ pipes.

The Cathedral is open daily 9.30 am -- 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm -- 5 pm (admission: from 2.50 EUR), a performance at the great organ is presented every Wednesday at 3 pm, May -- October. Guided tours in German are offered several times a day.

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