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Popular Points of Interest in and near Zeitz
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Moritzburg Castle Museum
Schloss Moritzburg (1657-78), a Baroque palace built on the ruins of an earlier episcopal castle, is now a museum (history of the town, mining in the Zeitz-Weissenfels area, pictures, glass, pewter, porcelain, etc.). It also contains the German Museum of Prams, the biggest collection of prams in all of Europe. Also featuring the wonderful castle garden, the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul and several important libraries located in the gate-house, the Moritzburg Castle complex is a unique cultural-historical center.
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm.
Admission: Adults 2.50 €, Concessions 1.25 €.
The Underground System is one of the tourist attractions of the over 1000 year old former Bishop and Duke town of Zeitz. You can find these passages and vaults in the center of the upper part of town and also on the hillsides of the oldest part of Zeitz in Bruehl and around the Nicolai square. On commencing this tour the visitor will see the first of many round-vaulted ceilings in many different proportions: wide and high (from 3 m in height) and from 4 to 30 m in length.
During the Second World War, the once isolated passages were turned into air raid shelters with the addition of connecting passages, electric lights, locking doors made from wood or steel and sometimes seating. Before the wars these tunnels were also used as hiding places. The main reason for the construction of these halls was food storage and the individual wealth of the medieval people rather than shelter or secrecy.
Hours: March to October: Tues, Thurs & Sat 10am - 5pm. Wednesday and Friday 10 am - 3pm. November to February: Tuesday 2pm - 5pm. Wednesday to Friday 10am - 3pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm.
Admission: Adults 3.50 €, Concessions 2 €.
Briquette and Industrial Machine Factory and Museum
In 1889 a briquette factory named
Herrmannschachtby Richard Herrmann started operating. The technical equipment was manufactured by another famous Zeitz enterprise called
Zemag. All of the briquette presses, dryers and other machines were powered by only one steam engine of 12 H.P., which was replaced by an electric motor in 1914. All the machines and units of the first phase of industrialization in Middle Germany have been preserved to this day. Since 1945, increasingly brown coal from the environs of Zeitz was processed in the briquette factory. The last day of production was December 31, 1959. Already in 1961 the factory was listed as a historic monument. Today it is the oldest preserved briquette factory of the first generation in the world and a very important monument of industrial history.
In 1994 the Central German Park for Environment and Technology association was founded to preserve old industrial monuments for later generations. Today the briquette factory is a fantastic industrial museum. In a small brown coal forest, in the factory itself and in a museum of stoves visitors can discover the development, manufacture and utilization of brown coal.
Hours: April to September, Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm.
Admission: Adults 3.50 €, Concessions 2.50 €.
Schloss Moritzburg (Zeitz)
Schloss Moritzburg is a castle in Zeitz on the White Elster in the Burgenlandkreis in Saxony-Anhalt. The present baroque castle dates from the 17th Century and was previously a royal palace and fortified seat of a bishop. Zeitz Cathedral is also located on the site.
In connection with the foundation of the Archbishopric of Magdeburg in 967 the diocese of Zeitz was founded as an auxiliary bishopric in 968 by Otto I.
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Zeitz is a town in the Burgenlandkreis district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated on the river Weiße Elster, in the middle of the triangle of the federal states Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saxony.
Things to See in Zeitz
Zeitz sights are predominantly situated along the Romanesque Road (point 52).
- Schloss Moritzburg (Moritzburg vacation rentals | Moritzburg travel guide), a baroque-style castle with the cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. The 10th century crypt displays 17th century tin coffins including that of Moritz, Duke of Saxony.
- Michaeliskirche (1154), originally a Roman basilica and contains a 1517 original of Martin Luther's 95 Theses.
- Town Hall (1509, rebuilt in 1909). It is a Gothic structure that, together with restored houses and 3 market-places, provides Zeitz' medieval appearance.
- Herrmannsschacht, a technical monument in a former brick factory.
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More about the History of Zeitz
Zeitz was first recorded under the name Cici in the synode of Ravenna in 967. Between 965 and 982, it was the chief fortress of the March of Zeitz. Between 968 and 1028 Zeitz was a bishops residence which has later been laid to Naumburg (Naumburg vacation rentals | Naumburg travel guide). But since the end of the 13th century the bishops were again residing in their castle at Zeitz. The Herrmannsschacht (Built in 1889) is one of the oldest brick factories in the world.
The town was an industrial centre until 1989/90. On the 18th August 1976, the Protestant clergyman Oskar Brüsewitz from Rippicha burnt himself to death in front of the Michaeliskirche. This was a protest against the DDR system and was one of the roots of the 1989 uprising.
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Zeitz is a town in the Burgenlandkreis district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
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