Frauenstein (Ore Mountains)

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Coat of arms of the city of Frauenstein
Frauenstein (Ore Mountains)
Map of Germany, position of the city of Frauenstein highlighted

Coordinates: 50 ° 48 '  N , 13 ° 32'  E

Basic data
State : Saxony
County : Central Saxony
Height : 650 m above sea level NHN
Area : 58.99 km 2
Residents: 2772 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 47 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 09623
Area code : 037326
License plate : FG, BED, DL, FLÖ, HC, MW, RL
Community key : 14 5 22 170
City structure: 4 districts

City administration address :
Market 28
09623 Frauenstein
Website :
Mayor : Reiner Hentschel (EB Hentschel)
Location of the city of Frauenstein in the district of central Saxony
Altmittweida Augustusburg Bobritzsch-Hilbersdorf Brand-Erbisdorf Burgstädt Claußnitz Döbeln Dorfchemnitz Eppendorf Erlau (Sachsen) Flöha Frankenberg/Sa. Frauenstein (Erzgebirge) Freiberg Geringswalde Großhartmannsdorf Großschirma Großweitzschen Hainichen Halsbrücke Hartha Hartmannsdorf (bei Chemnitz) Königsfeld (Sachsen) Königshain-Wiederau Kriebstein Leisnig Leubsdorf (Sachsen) Lichtenau (Sachsen) Lichtenberg/Erzgeb. Lunzenau Mittweida Mühlau (Sachsen) Mulda/Sa. Neuhausen/Erzgeb. Niederwiesa Oberschöna Oederan Ostrau (Sachsen) Penig Rechenberg-Bienenmühle Reinsberg (Sachsen) Rochlitz Rossau (Sachsen) Roßwein Sayda Seelitz Striegistal Taura Waldheim Wechselburg Weißenborn/Erzgeb. Zettlitz Zschaitz-Ottewig Sachsenmap
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Frauenstein is a small town in the south of the Saxon district of Central Saxony .


The town lies in osterzgebirgischen part of the Nature Park Erzgebirge / Vogtland , 20 km southeast of Freiberg and 30 km southwest of Dresden .



The starting point for the formation of the settlement was the construction of a castle, which took place around 1200 and rose on a prominent hilltop ( granite porphyry ) above the undulating plateaus of the surrounding area. Shortly after the castle was founded, silver ores were found in the vicinity in Reichenau . As a result, miners and craftsmen settled in the Kuttelbachtal northeast of the castle. However, the settlement was chosen unfavorably, as it was at risk of flooding and away from the castle. The settlement was therefore abandoned after 1470. The new Frauenstein was built according to plan on a plateau in the immediate vicinity of the castle.

Coat of arms and name

The name Frauenstein was first mentioned in a document in 1218. In this a priest named "Heinricus de Vrounsten" (Heinrich von Frauenstein) is mentioned. The presence of a priest indicates an existing settlement (next to the castle). The castle itself was only mentioned in 1272 as "Castrum Vrowenstein" in a fiefdom confirmation. From the city name are u. a. still the spellings “Vrouwenstein” (1321), “Vrowinstein” (1385), “Frauwinstein” (1405), “Frawenstein” (1424) and “ffrauwenstein” (1439) handed down. The name goes back to the Middle High German word Vrowe , which means something like mistress, mistress, woman (of a higher class). The name probably referred to the castle, later it passed to the place. A religious background, as shown in the city arms, is hardly likely and cannot be proven.

Development of the castle and chateau

View of the castle ruins
Frauenstein Castle with the Gottfried Silbermann Museum

The foundation of Frauenstein Castle was the result of the first phase of colonization in the Ore Mountains . After the silver finds from Freiberg in 1168, the previously uninhabited forest mountains between the Margraviate of Meißen and the Kingdom of Bohemia became the focus of Markmeißn and Bohemian interests. Both sides began with the construction of a number of border protection castles (including Sayda , Purschenstein , Rechenberg , Bärenstein , Lauenstein , Königstein ) to delimit their own sphere of interest.

Frauenstein Castle, built around 1200, was one of these border guard castles. It stood out from most of the other castles, as it also protected and controlled the important trade route (later Alte Freiberg-Teplitzer Poststrasse ) leading from Freiberg over the pass from Klostergrab (Hrob) to Teplice (Teplice) . The castle complex was about halfway between Freiberg and the Bohemian border. The founding was possibly also in connection with the alleged robbery of the silver treasure of Margrave Otto the Rich by Bohemian robbers around 1180 .

The castle, which was in ruins after the city fire in 1728, is now the largest castle ruin in Saxony. From 1585 to 1588 a castle was built next to the castle. The castle (and later the palace) was owned by the Margraves of Meissen and the Electors of Saxony , who gave the complex to vassals as a fief .

In the course of history, the following owners of the castle or palace and rule of Frauenstein appeared (incomplete):

  • second half of the 13th century: The family of those von Siden ( Latin : de Serico ) entered a. a. with knights Johannes and Heinrich von Siden as lords of the castle. Johannes von Siden also called himself Johannes de Vrowenstein.
  • before 1320–1323 (?): Margrave Friedrich the Freidige enfeoffed the von Ileburgs with the castle. The loan was probably released again in 1323.
  • 1329–1426: The castle came into the hereditary fiefdom of the Burgraves of Meißen , who used the castle as ancestral seat from around 1380. The city charter (1411) went back to the function as a princely seat. In 1426 Burgrave Heinrich fell in the battle of Aussig . Since he was childless, the castle and rule came back to the Elector Frederick the Quarrel .
  • 1428–1439: In 1428 Heinrich I von Plauen (court judge of Sigismund von Luxemburg ) was enfeoffed with the castle. Heinrich soon got into a feud with Elector Friedrich the Meek , which ended in 1438 with the conquest of the castle and the seizure of the fief.
  • 1439–1472: The castle was administered as the center of the electoral office of the same name by various bailiffs , bailiffs and loyal followers of the Marquis of Meissen.
  • 1473–1647: The noble family von Schönbergs was enfeoffed with the castle and the rule. Since the castle only offered limited living comfort, Heinrich von Schönberg had a Renaissance- style castle built below the castle by the master builder Hans Irmisch . In the period that followed, the castle, which was hardly used any more, began to decline.
  • 1647–1873: The von Schönbergs, indebted by the Thirty Years' War, were forced to sell the palace. It came back into the possession of the Saxon electors. They used it until 1873 as the administrative seat of the office of the same name. With the establishment of the Amtshauptmannschaft Dippoldiswalde , the administrative function was finally lost in 1873. The decay of the unused castle was accelerated by damage after the town fire of 1728.

Development of the city

Frauenstein market square

On May 22nd, 1411, the burgrave Heinrich von Meißen granted the settlement city rights. Frauenstein had to endure three city fires. In 1728 a great fire destroyed large parts of the city, including u. a. the 15-register Silbermann organ (1711) in the church. The castle and palace were badly damaged. The castle was not rebuilt after the fire and has been falling into disrepair ever since.

On 2/3 In October 1869, shortly after midnight, a fire broke out in a building at the back of the market, and it spread rapidly. Most of the clapboard-roofed houses were already on fire at around 3 a.m. The flames destroyed a total of 75 town houses, the town hall, the church with the organ made by Gottfried Silbermann at cost price after the fire in 1728, three schoolhouses, a town gate and the poor house. 715 people, half of the population, lost their homes. The Saxon state approved 12,000 thalers for the reconstruction of the public buildings, the residents received a further 30,000 guilders from donations as well as numerous donations in kind, so that the reconstruction progressed rapidly. The new town hall was completed in 1871, the church in 1873.

Role in the suppression of the "Prague Spring" in 1968

When the Prague Spring was crushed in August 1968, Soviet troops marched through Frauenstein .


Population and size development

  • 1300: 300 inhabitants (1)
  • 1550: 496 inhabitants (2)
  • 1697: 95 citizens, 84 houses, 46 desolate residential areas
  • 1748: 66 houses in the city, 37 houses in the suburbs, 38 desolate residential areas
  • 1764: 102 possessed men
  • 1772: 612 inhabitants
  • 1801: 757 inhabitants
  • 1813: 814 inhabitants, 63 houses in the city and suburbs
  • 1815: 715 inhabitants
  • 1834: 1,029 inhabitants, 139 houses
  • 1871: 1,405 inhabitants
  • 1890: 1,269 inhabitants
  • 1910: 1,281 inhabitants
  • 1925: 1,193 inhabitants
  • 1939: 1,477 inhabitants
  • 1946: 1,568 inhabitants
  • 1957: 1,335 inhabitants
  • 1962. 1,285 inhabitants
  • 1977: 1,528 inhabitants
  • 1990: 3,751 inhabitants (3)
  • 1998: 3,575 inhabitants, 866 residential buildings, 1,522 apartments
  • 1999: 3,551 inhabitants
  • 2000: 3,518 inhabitants
  • 2001: 3,476 inhabitants
  • 2002: 3,425 inhabitants
  • 2003: 3,395 inhabitants
  • 2004: 3,330 inhabitants, 888 residential buildings, 1,551 apartments
  • 2005: 3,285 inhabitants
  • 2006: 3,253 inhabitants
  • 2007: 3,217 inhabitants (4)
  • 2012: 3,058 inhabitants
  • 2013: 3,006 inhabitants

Compilation based on BLASCHKE 2003, German Academy of Sciences in Berlin 1966, SCHIFFNER 1840, ZÜHLKE 1966 and information from the State Statistical Office of the Free State of Saxony, from 1991: status as of December 31 of the respective year

(1): estimated based on traditional house numbers from the 16th century, cf. BLASCHKE 2003
(2): calculated according to tax lists, cf. BLASCHKE 2003
(3): As of October 3, 1990
(4): Source: Frauenstein registration authority


  • Graves in the cemetery of the district of Burkersdorf for three Soviet citizens known by name, who were abducted to Germany during the Second World War and who were victims of forced labor between 1942 and 1944 .


Municipal council

City council election 2019
Turnout: 70.4% (2014: 56.4%)
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p
+ 10.4  % p
-8.6  % p
-1.8  % p

Since the municipal council election on May 26, 2019 , the 14 seats of the municipal council have been distributed among the individual groups as follows:

  • AFWG: 7 seats
  • CDU : 6 seats
  • LEFT : 1 seat

Town twinning

The partner community has been Zell am Harmersbach since 1991 .

Land consolidation

The land consolidation procedure was ordered for the Burkersdorf district by resolution of December 30, 1999 and for the Dittersbach district by resolution of April 23, 2001 .

City Marketing

In September 2009 the new model Frauenstein - Stern in the Ore Mountains was presented.

Culture and sights

  • Gottfried Silbermann Museum: In the cross-vaulted hall of the castle is the Silbermann Museum, which provides information about the life and work of the famous organ builder.

Economy and Infrastructure


On February 15 , 1943 , Johannes Tittel founded a production facility for precision mechanical components in the disused Schützenhaus inn . They were parts for radio and communications equipment as well as components for the aviation industry ( fighters and bombers ).

In the year 1953 John Tittel transferred the Frauensteiner operating part to his brother Kurt Tittel and are primarily timers made. The private company was despite government reprisals exist because a substantial number was exported to equipment and the state as foreign exchange got.

Time switch by Kurt Tittel, manufactured in 1967

With the State Bank of the GDR, the state management had a powerful instrument of power. The state organs were able to block all loans to private companies and forced many of them into limited partnerships . Such a foundation took place in 1960 . Kurt Tittel as general partner was liable with all of his assets , with the limited partner , i.e. the state management, only liable with the contribution of the state bank . The state business leaders now had an insight into all economic processes and were thus able to influence and shape private management in their own way and set new corporate goals. One such definition by the limited partners was the priority production of tariff switching devices for night storage heating .

The production of time switches was quite complex and required a high level of skill in the field of precision engineering. The photo of the internal arrangement of the components illustrates the complex structure.

Erich Honecker became first secretary of the Central Committee on May 3 , 1971, and the numerous private companies in the GDR , around 11,000, were a thorn in his side. He made preparations for the nationalization of companies with more than 10 employees. The private company Kurt Tittel was so in the year 1972 , a state-owned enterprise and the existing partner and business leader Kurt Tittel became director.

In April 1992 Kurt Tittel's sons got the family business back; they continue to run it as a private company .



Frauenstein station around 1910

With the narrow-gauge railway Klingenberg-Colmnitz-Frauenstein , Frauenstein received a rail connection in September 1898. Freight traffic on the route ceased in 1970, and passenger traffic a year later due to an accident. The route was then dismantled.


Stagecoach stop at the market

The area around Frauenstein was opened up by high roads that connected the Saxon lowlands with Bohemia via the Eastern Ore Mountains. The location on an old trade route leading from Freiberg over the pass from Klostergrab to Klostergrab ( Hrob ) was a decisive feature for the foundation of Frauenstein Castle. In the 18th century this connection became important as the Alte Freiberg-Teplitzer Poststrasse . On the market there is still a replica of the Saxon postal mileage pillar erected in 1725 during the survey carried out by Adam Friedrich Zürner (original parts in the museum). Late 18th century began chaussee moderate expansion between Freiberg and the Saxon-Bohemian border. In the middle of the 19th century the post rates Frauenstein-Freiberg and Frauenstein- Teplitz (Teplice) ran on this street . The royal Saxon station stones , in their original condition on the market and redesigned as a signpost on today's B 171 , were set up on the new Chaussee around 1860. The current state road 184 corresponds in its course between Freiberg, Frauenstein and Neuhermsdorf in parts of the old Freiberg-Teplitzer Poststrasse.

Public transport

As early as 1865 a stagecoach connection leading from Freiberg to Frauenstein was established. Today the city is part of the central Saxony transport association . Frauenstein is currently connected to Dresden , Freiberg, Olbernhau and Rechenberg-Bienenmühle via bus lines .


sons and daughters of the town

People related to the place

Individual evidence

  1. Population of the Free State of Saxony by municipalities on December 31, 2019  ( help on this ).
  2. Line 27
  3. Ernst Eichler , Hans Walther (ed.): Historical book of place names of Saxony. Berlin 2001, Volume I, ISBN 3-05-003728-8 , p. 272.
  4. In the literature (see. U. A. Blaschke 2003, Zühlke 1966) also from about 1200 onset of German colonization of the Ore Mountains is called colonization referred
  5. Reiner Burger, Frauenstein: Prager Frühling: "Every tank has a fist that rushes into Bonn plans" . In: FAZ.NET . ISSN  0174-4909 ( [accessed March 27, 2020]).
  6. Results of the 2019 municipal council elections
  7. ^ "Star" theme on the city's website
  8. Frauenstein art hiking trail (accessed on July 10, 2016)
  9. see also
    Commons : Sculptures in Frauenstein (Erzgebirge)  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files
  10. Astrid Ring: Out for Silbermann Museum in the castle. In: Free Press , August 3, 2016.
  11. a b c d e Tittel Feingerätetechnik - History. Retrieved July 20, 2020 .
  12. Timetable December 11, 2005 to December 10, 2006


Web links

Commons : Frauenstein  - collection of images, videos and audio files