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Germany: Fascinated Saxony IV.

Published: 21.5.2012
In the last part of our series of fascinated history and nature of the country called Saxony, the city will introduce an important representative of Enlightenment Lessing, we stop in the town of Bautzen tower and finish our journey in Zittau.


This pretty little town in Upper lives by personality of Lusatia Gotthold Ephraim Leasing, an important German philosopher, dramatist, and representative of the Enlightenment. His native house burned, but local residents had to honour his memory representation constructed building, which houses since 1931 is Lessing Museum. In addition to this poet's life mapped Museum offers over 800 years of history of cultural and artistic history of the city. Visitors should not miss visiting three churches near the city centre, where there is a unique set of eight late-Gothic carved altars from the 15th and 16 century. An interesting architectural gem is the red Town Hall in the market square. For nature lovers, the park is a walk Hutberg cut out, especially in spring when the flora is the richest. 

The symbol of this city is definitely old water works with a terrace at a height of 47 m and historical pumping equipment. In addition to this impressive work, the entire historic centre surrounded by well preserved walls, which once met a defensive function. With work restorers pedantic old town is now interwoven with reconstructed medieval streets, small squares, but for Bautzen typical towers. The most famous is "Reichenturm" - rich tower. It is interesting that the deviation from its axis 1.44 m Bautzen also boasts its own castle Ortenburg, or Cathedral of St. Peter and the monastery, which is the only one in eastern Germany, where he divides Catholics with Protestants for space for the chorus and the nave. Nature in the surrounding area offers a rich, but more distinctive flora and fauna with the occurrence of numerous ponds.

The town lies on the border of three countries of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic is the only city in Europe that can offer its visitors an unusual view of two curtains of Lent, from the Middle Ages. Better known of them "Groβes Zittauer Fastentuch" from 1472, contains up to 90 painted biblical images. This culturally - artistic treasure you can see in the Church of the Holy Cross. The second hinge is located in a local cultural museum in the Franciscan monastery. Architectural sights is the town hall market square, which was built in the Italian style in 1845 and Schinkelom town hall is one of the most beautiful halls in Saxony. The town is situated at the foot of the Zittau mountains, which are indeed the smallest mountain range in Germany, but it offers in addition to beautiful nature and romantic steam train ride on narrow gauge track Zittau Mountains National Park.

Our tour cross the country full of architectural jewels from all eras and cultures old thousands of years is finishing. In Saxony you can fell the Middle Ages, the Renaissance period to go through, you know carving art and production of musical instruments, learn to bobbin lace, you'll enjoy local events and festivals and all surrounded by beautiful natural scenery in Europe. Bikers, hikers and families will find a relaxing holiday or who dreamed of. All of this and maybe a little more offers Saxony!

Text: Oskar Mažgút

Source and photo: Tourismus Marketing Gesellschaft Oberlausitz Sachsen mbH

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