Towers, dreams, traditions: 1,000-year-old Bautzen in eastern Saxony enchants visitors with its gorgeous Old Town, more than 1,000 historical buildings, Germany’s largest church for Catholics and Protestants, quaint taverns, great views, unique Sorbian traditions and some special culinary products.
4.30 p.m. Bautzen enjoys a great location on the Spree river and the Spreetal is perfect for a leisurely ramble: Walk up the Protschenberg hill for great views on Ortenburg Castle. On your way down, you’ll pass the Hammermühle mill. Then walk back across the Spree for great views on the Nicolai Tower.
Hungry? It’s time then to pick and choose from the town’s restaurants, offering regional Saxon and Sorbian cuisine or even medieval fare. And you can also try the famous Bautzen mustard to add a bit of spice to your dinner!
A guided city tour of the historic Old Town, along old fortifications and through narrow streets, is an entertaining way to learn all there is to know about Bautzen’s 1,000-year-old history and many sights.
11 a.m. Before leaving Bautzen, climb up one (or a few) of the town’s famous towers, such as Alte Wasserkunst or Reichenturm. From here, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the region and as far as the Lusatian Highlands.