Euroregion Elbe/Labe

vanished village Vorderzinnwald

Former village - with a virtual chapel and many tracks in the landscape

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.

Virtual Chapel

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


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You can find much more information about the history of Vorderzinnwald at .

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wo die Straße zwischen Cínovec und Fojtovice am nächsten an der Grenze ist - tam, kde je silnice mezi Cínovcem a Fojtovicemi nejblíže hranici.


Without a car, the only way to get to Vorderzinnwald is with a longer hike. It is about 3 km from the bus stop "Dubí, Cínovec, clo" directions_railway directions_bus. This stop is served by the bus between Dresden and Teplice every two hours. Although the path leads along the road, it is still very pretty.

It is similarly far from the bus stop "Fojtovice/Krupka" directions_railway directions_bus. You have to walk the street here too. From the bus stop "Fojtovice/Krupka, Komáří vížka" directions_railway directions_bus below the mosquito tower it is about 4.5 km easy hike through the forest.

The hike from Fürstenau to Vorderzinnwald, around Pfarrhöhe and Traugotthöhe (small detour to the view) and over the green border is particularly beautiful. But please do not take the shortest route across the meadow, as this will disturb the ground breeders. A good crossing point is where the hiking trail is closest to the border on the German side, about 500 m below the chapel.

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