Spree Hotel Bautzen (An Den Steinbruechen 1 Bautzen D)
An Den Steinbruechen 1 Bautzen D
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Christmas market 2010 in front of the town hall
Travel Tips for Bautzen
Old Bautzen has endless options for photographers. Take your time and bring enough storage cards resp. films. There are new views at every street corner and through every hole in the town walls. Stroll and explore, and don't miss the trails outside the town walls...
the common language of beer
This was easier said than done as we found ourselves searching in vain for the elusive drink market that generally is ubiquitous in any German city. Finally, we ran across one and we went in. We got a hefty little supply but still had not found the beers I coveted most. We were driving out of town when I spotted another little one and asked to stop there too. There was a silent but collective groan as we surely had picked up more than enough in the first store. They relented as they know well my passion for finding just what I look for. Generally, Doreen goes anywhere with me when I am with her parents since I don’t speak much German and their English is not much better but this was one stop too many for her. So I was relegated to going just her father. We found the beers I was looking for and of course he wound up getting some more for good measure. We laughed heartily as we collected our bounty and though few words were spoken between us we enjoyed a common goal. Maybe we were finally speaking the same language after all: beer.
Another Easter tradition is to create wreaths made of twigs of evergreens with colourful ribbons. Smaller examples are made for homes, but (see picture) even the larger fountain in front of the Cathedral in Bautzen can be turned into one! The smaller ones in the homes are often filled with the painted Easter eggs.
Other Easter decorations are woocarved items made here or in the Erzgebirge mountains (Seiffen!) or bouquets of birch tree twigs with painted Easter eggs (again).
This hill is located vis-a-vis the Ortenberg castle on the left bank of the Spree river valley. From here you have one of the best views of the castle and Bautzen. Best time to visit is in the afternoon with the sun from the side. The later the better. You can get there easily from Hexenhäuschen or by leaving Wendischer Kirchhof/Alte Wasserkunst through the Mühltor city gate. Cross the river on a small pedestrian bridge and climb a few steps uphill. There are benches in the shade of old trees on Protschenberg where you can rest and enjoy the views. Continue the tour eastwards and slowly descent down to the river and Gerberviertel (district of tanners).
A bit back from the viewpoint you'll see a cemetery, nothing special. The unimposing small former chapel in the middle is from 1790, actually older than the other, bigger chapel from 1883. Both are usually closed, the latter is still used for abdications.
Protschenberg is the location for one of the nicest local Easter customs: Eierschieben. Please See my Local Customs tip.
Taucher church and cemetery
The Taucher cemetery was consecrated in 1523. Aside from the nice landscaped grounds it has some special sights. At first there is the church with the same name, built 1598/99 and restored 1662 after damages in the 30-years war. The church is quite simple, bright white interior, worth to mention are the Baroque patronage box, pulpit and altar. What it makes worth a visit are the many epitaphs of sandstone from the 17th and 18th centuries.
On the cemetery you'll see a lot of burial vaults, about two dozens of them from the 18th century forming two rows - quite a sight. Most of them are beautifully restored. There is also an ossuary (close to the church, but right of the entrance) and in the centre of the cemetery you'll see the highlight: Francke's burial vault. The small two storey 'house' was built in 1745. Decorated portals on all four sides, in the middle of the ground floor the open tomb with a casket on lion's feet. Behind that on the wall a Baroque epitaph. Upstairs a room with trompe-l'oeil frescos.
Location: Löbauer Strasse, two minutes from Villa Weigang and the Bautzen Memorial.
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