Schloss Schaenke Hotel
Burgplatz 5, Bautzen, Saxony, 02625, Germany
More about Bautzen
At least they have Glühwein here!
scale model of the city in the town hall
Travel Tips for Bautzen
Information on the Internet: www.bautzen.de
Detailed and excellent information about Bautzen in German, English, Czech and Sorbian is available on the city's website: www.bautzen.de. The page seems to be rather new and is well done.
Try the interactive city tour and start exploring. It is fun.
This video taken in 1991 shows what the old town looked like shortly after the reunification. A LOT has been done in the meantime.
Decorated Easter Eggs
A traditional local custom is to decorate Easter Eggs. It is widely known in slavic countries so it is only natural the Sorbs around Bautzen do it also. And they're masters of that art!
The eggs are blown out or boiled hard. There are several techniques to decorate the eggs. To name a few: One is to 'simply' paint a pattern in different colours. Another is to paint them and to scratch out the pattern. Yet another is to put wax in a pattern on the egg, then put the egg in liquid colour and warm up the egg so the wax melts and leaves a pattern - this can be done multiple times so the pattern gets more and more complicated.
Best thing is to go and see yourself. Around (best before) Easter holidays these techniques are often demonstrated in museums (like the Sorbian museum in Bautzen or the Folk Art Museum in Dresden) or in shops and public get-togethers.
Monks' church ruin and Water tower
Not much is left of the Franciscan monastery that was begun to build in 1240. After several fires and reconstructions it burnt down in 1598 again and they decided to leave it at that. What you can see nowadays is the ruin of the early gothic church with a quite nice portal. Poor people of Bautzen built some very simple houses on the former grounds of the monastery but most of those also burnt down in 1894. However, there is one monastery building of stone left which was reconstructed recently and where a family lives now - see third picture. Quite remarkable is the old window which is of the same style as those at the Albrechtsburg castle in Meißen.
In 1877 the city authorities built a water tower which had a capacity of 1,000 m3 in the western part of the monastery grounds. The water came from the nearby Alte Wasserkunst. The tower was still in operation until 1979.
This church is located in the residential area that was built in the second half of the 19th century when the town grew rapidly. It is located just a few minutes north of the train station. Again, I haven't been inside (yet) but the church looks very nice from outside so I thought I mention it here - and a visit inside is on my 'to do' list.
Actually, this church belongs to the same Evangelic-Lutheran congregation as the Dom. Since it is smaller and easier to heat in winter it has become sort of the main church for this congregation lately. We probably made a mistake when we went to service in the Dom in December, freezing our butts off, instead of attending service in Maria-and-Martha church. And I remember hearing the nice music from outside ...
Anyway, the church was built 1888-91 after plans of Christian Schramm (who is a student of K-F Schinkel and built the main church in Zittau). The whole situation of the church in the middle of a nice park-like square is very beautiful. The design of the church is Neo-Gothic, the tall tower dominates the church and the whole residential area.
The old waterworks is an interesting old building located along city walls. Bautzen has 17 towers and historical buildings at every turn you take, but it is worth finding this - it is unique and picturesque.
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