Initiative to reconstruct the “Frauenkirche” (Church of our Lady – landmark of Dresden)

In the biggest spa of the former GDR, Bad Elster, there was formed the only initiative in this region (except Dresden itself) in 1996. Being the southernmost city of Saxony, this town’s only “industry” is the (Health) Tourism with a capacity of approx. 3,000 guests. It is over 175 years old and has been having its own symphonic orchestra since 1817, nowadays called the “Chursächsische Philharmonie”. However, there are also world famous musicians acting in this city and contributing to its unique air. One example was the tribute concert for the Frauenkirche on 30 September 2001 with the Virtuosi Saxoniae in the Protestant Church of Bad Elster, the “Ev.-Luth. St. Trinitatiskirche”, which brought in 10,000 DM (about 5,000 €), financing a donation certificate called “Goldener Stifterbrief” and a cornerstone on the stair tower E. The initiative addresses itself to the inhabitants and guests of Bad Elster – it has only about 3,600 inhabitants, but with 600,000 overnight stays per year it is one of the most important tourist cities in Saxony. After the performance of Händel’s Messiah by the “Hallenser Madrigalisten” and, once again, the Virtuosi Saxoniae under the direction of Ludwig Güttler (famous German trumpeter) on 23 October 2004 in the Protestant Church of Bad Elster, there were gained 1,500 € more for the Frauenkirche.

The founder of the initiative, himself member of the development fund for the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche since 1992, promoted his case in different ways and published various articles in a local newspaper, such as “Success of a citizens’ initiative”, “Ludwig Güttler coming”, “Handicraft of Bad Elster in the Frauenkirche Dresden” or “The miracle of Dresden”.

At the main entrance of the Protestant Church of Bad Elster you can find the donation certificate of the parish. The total sum of money collected in Bad Elster is of more than 28,000 €. In recognition of his commitment, the founder was awarded honorary membership of the support society in 2020.

From May 3rd to 5th, 2019, the initiative hosted the 13th Frauenkirchentag for the second time. The initiative once again invites you to Bad Elster for the 17th Frauenkirchentag from April 11th to 13th, 2025. On April 12, 2025, the cantor of the Dresden Frauenkirche, Matthias Grünert, will be a guest with the Frauenkirche choir for the 8th symphony concert in the König Albert Theater Bad Elster. The Chursächsische Philharmonie Bad Elster will play in the Dresden Frauenkirche on April 13, 2025. Cantor Grünert opens the series of great church music at the Bad Elster church with organ vespers on May 10, 2025.

If you are interested in receiving more information, please contact:

Initiative Frauenkirche Dresden in Bad Elster

Dipl.-Ing. Martin Schwarzenberg VDI
Kurheim Haus Linde
Beuthstraße 1
08645 Bad Elster

Telefon     +49 3 74 37/34 43 
Fax           +49 3 74 37/53 77 7 

E-Mail:     Kurheim-Linde (at)


Haus Linde
Elisabeth Schwarzenberg
Beuthstraße 1

08645 Bad Elster

Telephone: +49 3 74 37/34 43
Telefax: +49 3 74 37/53 777

E-Mail:kurheim-linde (at)

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