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Popular Points of Interest in and near Bautzen

  • Castle Ortenburg Bautzen/Sorbian Museum
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    Castle Ortenburg Bautzen/Sorbian Museum

    Ortenburg Castle with its Renaissance gables, for so long the center of power in Upper Lusatia, towers high above the river Spree and the lower town, but drawbridges and defensive walls have long since disappeared, and today the defensive structure is open, hospitable and often the scene of cultural events. Today, the main building accommodates the Superior Administration Court of Saxony. In the former Salzhaus (salt house), visitors can visit the Sorbic Museum and discover the culture of the Sorbs, a Slavic people who have acquired the status of a recognized national minority. The Sorbian museum has the characteristics of a national museum with collections of history, ethnography, literature, art, tours, exhibitions and lectures.

    Museum Hours: Apr - Oct: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat and Sun 10am-6pm. Nov - Mar: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat and Sun 10am-5pm.

    Admission: Adults 2.5o €, Concessions 1.50 €.

  • The Old Waterworks Tower (Alte Wasserkunst)

    The Old Waterworks Tower (Alte Wasserkunst)

    Technical museum, Look-out (47 m), one of the town's landmarks, pumping station, special exhibitions.

    Hours: Open daily, April to October 10 am - 5 pm, November, December, February, March 10 am - 4 pm, January Saturday / Sunday 10 am - 4 pm.

    Admission: Adults 1.50 €, Concession 1 €.

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Bautzen Overview

The town on River Spree is situated about 50 kilometres east of Dresden (Dresden vacation rentals | Dresden travel guide) between the Lusatian highland and the lowlands in the north, amidst the region of Upper Lusatia. Northwards stretches the Bautzen Reservoir, which was flooded in 1974. This is the former place of the villages Malsitz (Małšecy) and Nimschütz (Hněwsecy).

Things to See in Bautzen

Bautzen has a very compact and well preserved medieval town centre with a multitude of churches and towers and an impressive city wall on the steep embankment to the river Spree, with one of the oldest preserved waterworks in central Europe (built 1558).

The Reichenturm: One of the steepest leaning and still passable towers north of the Alps

Ortenburg Castle

The Old Waterworks: architectural monument and museum; landmark of Bautzen

Saint Peter's Cathedral: Eastern Germany's only historic interdenominational church edifice

Hexenhaus (Witch's House): oldest preserved residential building (built 1604)

There are four museums including the Stadtmuseum Bautzen (lit. the Bautzen city Museum) and the Sorbisches Museum, lit. the Sorbian Museum (Sorbian: Serbski muzej).

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More about the History of Bautzen

The first written proof of the city was in 1002. In 1018 the Peace of Bautzen was signed between the German king Henry II and the Polish prince Boleslaus I. The Treaty left Bautzen (Budziszyn in modern Polish) under Polish rule. In 1033 the city passed to the Holy Roman Empire, in 1319 to Bohemia and in 1635 to Saxony. During the Middle Ages it was a member of the Six Cities' Alliance of the Upper Lusatian cities of Görlitz (Görlitz vacation rentals | Görlitz travel guide), Zittau, Löbau, Kamenz, Lauban and Bautzen.

In 2002 the city commemorated its thousandth birthday.

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Bautzen is a hill-top town in eastern Saxony, Germany, and administrative center of the eponymous district. It is located on the Spree River. As of 2008, its population is 41,161. Asteroid 11580 Bautzen is named in honor of the city.

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