Bautzen Travel Guide

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Bautzen Things to Do

  • Schloss Neschwitz

    Schloss Neschwitz is one of the beautiful rural Baroque ensembles in Saxony, and when in the area you should not miss it.The property was purchased by Duke Friedrich Ludwig von Württemberg und Teck in 1721. He tore down the Renaissance style moated castle and built a Baroque hunting manor. He also gave order to create a garden, designer was J. F....

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  • Cistercian Abbey St. Marienstern

    This Cistercian convent is one of the oldest that still exists in Germany. It was founded in 1248 and quickly became - and still is - the religious focal point of the Catholic Sorbs in the area around Bautzen. Since it deserves more than just one tip I built a separate page on St. Marienstern which is found under the location Panschwitz-Kuckau.In...

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  • City Walls, Towers and Gates

    Bautzen's city walls, towers and city gates are in large stretches well preserved, especially above the Spree river valley west and north of the old town which makes for gorgeous views from the opposite banks of the river and the bridges. Most parts of the city walls at the east and west sides of the old town were torn down in the 19th century and...

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  • Göda

    This village is located on the main road B6 some miles before you reach Bautzen, coming from Dresden. The place was first inhabited more than 1,000 years ago, relics of the slavic settlements are still found in the outskirts of the actual village.But the main sight is the Ev.-Lutheran Collegiate church, with its massive tower with two spires it is...

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  • Alte Wasserkunst

    One of the most important buildings and *the* landmark of Bautzen is the so called "Alte Wasserkunst" (old waterworks). Aside the fact that it was part of the fortification system, the water works provided drinking water for the citizens of Bautzen - which is located on a hill, so no other source of water - by pumping it from the Spree river up to...

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  • Hauptmarkt square and town hall

    Hauptmarkt (main market) square is the most central, historically important and best place in Bautzen to start your sightseeing tour. The tourist information is right there on the ground floor of the town hall which dominates the square.The town hall was first mentioned in 1213. The tower was erected 1489-93 / 1582. The whole building was severely...

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  • St. Michael's church

    Since 1619 St. Michael's is the Parish church for about 2,500 Sorbians from 35 villages around Bautzen. I only managed to go in on a day in August 2010 after many years during which the church had always been closed. I read now that it is open on a regular basis in summer, at least on weekdays 10 - 17 h.The church was built about 1450. The interior...

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  • Wendischer Kirchhof

    Wendischer (=Sorbian) Kirchhof (=churchyard) is one of the most picturesque architectural ensembles in Bautzen. The dominant building is the church St. Michael, an evangelic-Lutheran church used by the Sorbian people of Bautzen. See separate tip, please.The other landmark at W. K. is the Alte Wasserkunst - see next tip.At the northern end of W. K....

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  • St. Nikolai churchyard

    This is one of the most romantic places in Bautzen, especially on a cold and sunny winter's day. It definitely reminds you of a Caspar David Friedrich scene, could be right from one of his paintings.St. Nikolai church was built 1407 - 44 (consegration, the choir completed 1467), the surrounding cemetery was established at the same time. 1620 the...

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Bautzen Restaurants

  • Butcher Wenk

    In case you've worked up a big appetite and want something hearty, then this butcher shop is a good choice. Mon - Fri they offer a surprisingly large variety of food during lunch time (roughly 11 am - 3 pm). They always have potato soup, soljanka, goulash, bratwurst, chicken wings, Leberkäse, pasta variations ... In addition they have dishes that...

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  • Cafe and Pastry shop Marx

    This is my favourite cafe in Bautzen. Unfortunately it is not located in the old town - it is right half way between the old town and the train station. They can look back at 100 years of tradition as a family run bakery, the cafe was opened in 1996 at this place.They do not use pre-fabricated dough or so, no preserving agent, no synthetic...

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  • Sorbian food

    Your best option to try local food in Bautzen's old town is the restaurant Wjelbik. The restaurant is located in a vaulted hall, the remaining part of the 600 years old townhouse that was severely damaged in WWII. The waitresses are dressed in Sorbian garb and welcome you with bread and salt as the local tradition is. We had cooked ox breast on a...

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  • Have a break from shopping

    Sometimes even a dedicated non-shopper has to go shopping. The Kornmarkt Center is an average shopping mall, not too big and not too crowded and right in the city centre which is a plus in my book. After a (short) while I use to get tired of shopping, though, and start looking for a place to have a break. These modern Italian cafes are not exactly...

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  • Culinarium

    I had walked by this restaurant a couple of times before but for some odd reasons never went in, so in June 2012 we decided to give it a try for lunch on a weekday. The weather was mild and sunny, their terrace looked inviting with shady seating, the menu was promising.Location is in a small cobbled alley in the old town toward the castle,...

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  • Lounge and bar

    Right on the main square of Bautzen, vis-a-vis the town hall, is this cafe located. In summer they have some tables outdoor on the square, perfect for people watching. For smokers: They do have a separate room for you folks!The interior is quite stylish, modern, quite nice ambience. I'd say it's more a cafe for the afternoon and a lounge/bar for...

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Bautzen Transportation

  • Bicycle

    Why not biking/cycling? The region around Bautzen is hilly but not with too much elevation difference. There are plenty of biking trails, one of them leads along the Spree river, from the spring through picturesque villages/small towns via Bautzen and further to Berlin.Bring your bike/equipment or rent - you can return it at a different place....

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  • Bus

    Bautzen is right in the centre of the public transportation network "ZVON" which covers the Saxon parts of Lausitz and Lower Silesia. Aside from the train routes between the major towns Bautzen, Görlitz and Zittau most transportation is done by bus. It is a rural regiona, meaning that buses don't run as frequently as around bigger cities like...

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  • Train

    The most convenient way to get to Bautzen is by train. The town is located on the semi-major train route Dresden - Görlitz - Wroclaw (Poland) [Train connections with Dresden since 1846]. Regional trains run between Dresden and Görlitz at least hourly or more often and until around midnight. International trains between Dresden and Wroclaw run a...

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Bautzen Shopping

  • Organic grocery

    It took a while, but since October 2012 Bautzen has an excellent organic grocery. Vorwerk Podemus, at home in a rural suburb of Dresden, opened a grocery in the city centre of Bautzen. It's just outside the immediate old town, a five minutes walk from Reichenturm in eastern direction (Töpferstraße is the quiet northern parallel street to the major...

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  • Mustard

    One product Bautzen is famous for is mustard. The local plant belongs to a big chain now and the recipe seems to be changed slightly (and not in favour IMO). However, it's still a typical souvenir that you might take home.The mustard shop in the old town is open:Mon - Sun 10 am - 7 pm - which makes it a great stop to warm up on a gorgeous but...

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  • window shopping

    Though Bautzen certainly has its share of little craft shops we had limited time so were content to window shop. D and her mother are shown here enjoying mother/daughter moment. Though we did no real shopping for trinkets we did hunt savagely for a beer store since the brewery I came to visit was closed for repairs. We did eventually find one on...

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Bautzen Local Customs

  • Food Market

    As expected in a town of that size and significance for the region, Bautzen has an excellent food market. About 30 stalls are on Hauptmarkt square (Tuesday 9-13, Saturday 8-12) or Fleischmarkt square (Thursday 9-17) where food of all sorts is sold. Most guys come from the region. I saw butchers, farmers, cheesemakers, even a stall where freshly...

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  • Christmas Market

    The Christmas market in Bautzen is held from Friday before 1st Advent until 4th Advent (Sunday). A market at this time of the year was first mentioned in 1384 when King Vaclav (Wenzel in German) gave the town the privilege to hold a market for meat. This market turned into a Christmas market as we know them over the centuries. In honour of King...

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  • Osterreiten

    On Easter Sunday the men, dressed in tailcoat and stovepipe hat, in catholic Sorbian villages/towns get their beautifully decorated horses and ride from their town to the neighbouring one to spread the message of Jesus Christ's resurrection. Tradition is that the men of the other town reciprocate. So you can see quite a number of those processions...

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Bautzen Warnings and Dangers

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    Entrance to restaurant Budapest

    by german_eagle Written Jun 24, 2012

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    No danger, but a culinary warning: It was already early afternoon and we were a little hungry. Restaurant Budapest in the old town looked inviting, they had tables in the shade in the quiet backyard of an old townhouse. We sat down and read the menu list which seemed to offer a great variety of Hungarian dishes as well as international food. We picked the fish soup for 4.50 Euro and pancake for dessert. There was also a bottle mineral water (0.75 l) for 2.50 Euro on the list (handwritten) which we thought was good value for money.

    Unfortunately the waiter (probably the owner, he spoke slightly Hungarian accented German) told us the soup was only available with a main course. And the pancakes were only available from 2.30 pm on. The bottle mineral water was only available with a bottle of wine. Hm. Guess what we did? We left and will not come back.

    I read up reviews of this restaurant (in German) on the internet after arrival back home. Happens that others had similar, even worse experiences: Only the expensive dishes were available, the crawfish salad turned out to be a shrimp salad (without notice, of course), 3 desserts charged instead of two ...

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Bautzen Off The Beaten Path

  • Karnickelberg Memorial Site

    Beside the infamous Stasi prison there is another memorial site in Bautzen that commemorates the victims of Communist dictatorship who died in the Bautzen prisons. But hardly anyone knows about it or visit. Be forewarned, it is a quite sombering and even depressing experience. Nonetheless, and although listed under "Off the Beaten Path", I think...

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  • Osterweg path

    One of the nicest walking paths in the old town/castle district is the so called "Osterweg." It starts at the southern entrance to the castle district, just outside the gate, and leads without any ups and downs around the castle, ending at the Hofrichterhaus where you can either walk up some stairs and through a small portal on the castle yard or...

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  • Schiller Gymnasium (High School)

    There are numerous public buildings south and east of the old town that were built around 1900, when the city walls were torn down and replace by nice parks and promenades. One of these buildings is the Schiller Gymnasium, a publi High School. It was built 1899 - 1900 in a mix of Neo-styles and Art Nouveau. The main facade is ornate, the main...

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Bautzen Sports & Outdoors

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    by german_eagle Updated Jan 29, 2013

    The favourite nearby recreation area of locals is the lake just north of Bautzen (Talsperre Bautzen). From the old town you can easily get there by a 30 minutes walk along the Spree river (or much faster by bicycle on the same trail), or by bus or car along main road B156 in direction Weisswasser/Bad Muskau.

    A dam was erected 1968 - 75, originally meant for protection from floods and providing water for the coal power plants north of Bautzen. Nowadays people go swimming, sailing, fishing ... a beach with snack-/beach bar and volleyball courts was built, nearby is a mini-golf course. There is also a nice camping ground by the lake.

    Just a two minutes walk uphill from the lake on the southeastern side is Bautzen's tennis club with 3 courts.

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Bautzen Favorites

  • Bautzner Oberland

    A trip to Bautzen is incomplete (time permitting) without at least a half-day excursion to the Oberland ("Upland"). The so called "Bautzner Oberland" is part of the larger region "Oberlausitz". It is located south of Bautzen toward the border to the Czech Republic. Characteristic for the Oberland are the rolling hills, mountains that barely reach...

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  • Bautzen Memorial

    Not exactly my 'Favourite Thing About Bautzen' but something you should not miss: The Bautzen Memorial, widely known as the former Stasi (East German secret service) prison, commemorates the people who were imprisoned under inhuman conditions in Bautzen during the Nazi era, the period of the Soviet occupation and the SED dictatorship. The permanent...

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  • Information on the Internet:...

    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...

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Dom St. Peter
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