The Festival Hall is an event center with a long history. As early as 1906, the hall was built of wood in the Annaberg of the time at Kätplatz and was popular for its exhibits, receptions and balls.
During World War I the Festival Hall was used by the army as a mess hall for the recruits. In the twenties, meals were provided for the masses of unemployed and poor at reduced prices. Eventually it began offering a wide range of different events once more. During the early years of the GDR, the building fell increasingly into disrepair and was condemned in the seventies. In 1985, however, a new, larger building was opened and became a cultural center in the Ore Mountains. After the reunification, the Festival Hall served as a conference center up until 1996.
It almost seemed as if the Festival Hall would again be left to decay, but a dedicated association came together with the major district town in order to tackle the necessary renovation work. This started in 2010 with the demolition of the old bowling alley and the restaurant. May 16, 2012 marked the embarkation into a new era: Head mayor Barbara Klepsch presented the "Festhalle Annaberg-Buchholz eG" association with the key to the cultural and event center in the upper Ore Mountains. Since that time, numerous concerts, company parties, trade shows, and much more have been hosted in the new Festival Hall.
Organizers can put together fully individualized events - the Annaberg-Buchholz Festival Hall offers a variety of options. Lined with chairs, the modern hall seats more than 1,000 visitors, for standing room only variations, there is room in the building for up to 1,400 guests.