The village of Vorderzinnwald was probably founded in the 15th century by miners from Graupen (Krupka) who were looking for new tin deposits here. They didn't find anything in the immediate vicinity, but near Hinterzinnwald (today's Zinnwald or Cínovec). Most went there to work, others were lumberjacks or craftsmen, and some farmers wrested agricultural land from the forest, mainly for animal husbandry. The inhabitants must have led a very meager existence in the harsh climate. In the 20th century, Vorderzinnwald became a popular winter sports resort, and people in search of relaxation also came in summer. There were soon three inns with overnight stays. Because of the good Bohemian beer, these were often visited by people from Fürstenau, which was only two kilometers away. After World War II, the residents of Vorderzinnwald were expelled and the village was razed to the ground.
In 1887 a chapel was built for the Madonna altar, which originally stood in the church in Fürstenau and which they wanted to get rid of there. We explain this longer and complicated story elsewhere.
In 2022, the Euroregion Elbe/Labe virtually resurrected the chapel and the altar inside. A QR code on the information board takes you to a website where you can see the chapel and the altar in the landscape on the screen of a smartphone or tablet (so-called augmented reality). You can walk around it and see all the details up close.
tracks in the landscape