Großenhain Things to Do
Right on the way from the train station or bus stop into the old town you'll pass the ruins of the former nunnery from the 15th century. Only the steeple and the adjoining northern wall of the choir of the church are preserved. The nunnery burnt down in 1540, the relics were mostly torn down when a direct connection from the old town to the train...more
The parish church (Marienkirche) is an outstanding example of an Ev.-Lutheran church and the main reason for a visit of Großenhain. It was built 1744-48 after the previous church was destroyed by a big fire. Architect was Johann Georg Schmidt, who was cousin and co-worker of George Bähr, the architect of the Frauenkirche in Dresden. Schmidt's...more
Right next to the Marienkirche, tucked away in the shade of the large church, is the city museum. It is located in the former school house. The first teacher was mentioned in 1342, the school house was here since the 16th century. In the 19th century larger schools were built elsewhere, in 1907 the museum was opened in this building. After an...more
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This is *the* place for coffee, cake and chocolate in Großenhain (and beyond!) - even reason enough to return to the town. Family Pietzsch runs this bakery/confiserie and cafe in the third generation. Located just off the Market square at the begin of the main shopping street it is the perfect place to have a break on your visit to Großenhain.
Do not miss to buy some cookies and chocolate products made by the Pietzsch family. Totally delicious! I *love* the Speculatius (the 'normal' ones even more than those with almond pieces) and am addicted to their chocolate ... the products with high cocoa percentage are best.
Mon - Fri 9-17 h
Sat/Sun 14-17 h
(They are still working on their website as I am writing this.)
Favorite Dish: I had Spekulatius cookies and hot chocolate (both delicious) when I visited in winter (for the Christmas market) and on my return visit I had a piece of the yummy yoghurt-cream-blueberry tart and excellent Darjeeling tea. Don't remember how much the check for the first visit was, but on the second one it was 5.20 Euro. Service is very friendly and competent.Related to:
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Another option to get to Großenhain might be the bus. Sometimes it happens that the fastest connection from Dresden is via train to Priestewitz (Regional Express to Leipzig), then bus #409 to Großenhain.Other buses connect Großenhain with nearby towns like Meißen and Riesa. Services are usually hourly, travel times about 30 minutes.more
Großenhain has two train stations, one of them unfortunately not in operation anymore - that's the former "Berliner Bahnhof", named so because the trains from Dresden to Berlin used to stop there. Nowadays the fast trains between both cities just pass through Großenhain without stopping.But.The other train station, "Cottbuser Bahnhof" is quite...more
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Großenhain Local Customs
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The town's Christmas market is small but cute. It takes place on the Market square (where else?) from Saturday on 1st Advent weekend until Sunday on 4th Advent weekend and is open 10 - 19 h, on weekends from 11 h on.
The wooden stalls are nicely decorated with twigs of evergreens and with Christmassy motifs, but not as ornate/beautiful as in Dresden or the Erzgebirge mountains. Still nice, though. Two or three stalls sell original Erzgebirge Christmas items, I saw one of a nearby glassblowing manufacture (!), pottery and such stuff was sold, most stalls were food related, though. Prices for Glühwein, Stollen and Bratwurst were less than elsewhere, you're among locals and folks from the surrounding villages/towns here and will hardly see any tourists.
I liked the non-commercial stalls the most: One had a scene depicting a living room decorated for Christmas about hundred years ago, another had a nativity scene, a third one had living sheep. Oh, and of course they had a pyramid, original from the Erzgebirge :-)
The kids obviously liked the marry-go-round and the (heated) stall where they could do handicraft. Almost every day they have some 'cultural' activities like a chorus singing, the students of the music school performing Christmas songs, brass playing from the church steeple etc.Related to:
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Großenhain Off The Beaten Path
Please don't expect some Baroque chateau or so. Far from that. The medieval castle burnt down in 1540, was partially restored in the 16th and 17th century but was destroyed by another fire in 1744. The remaining ruins were used as brewery and factory later, but deteriorated in the 20th century. Only the former tower and the moat, spanned by a...more
Like many other towns (and big cities), Großenhain also has a flower clock. It was created by Alfred Majok, the watchmaker and goldsmith in town, in 1960. Sadly, it was devastated in 1971, but in 2000, on occasion of the Saxon State Garden Show in town, it was reconstructed.The flower clock is next to the parish church, main entrance.more
A nice place for a break is the so called "Orangery", once certainly used as one, nowadays it belongs to the Ev-Lutheran church's Diakonie and is part of a seniors residence. You're free to wander around on the ground, though, have a seat and enjoy the nice garden. Don't know when exactly the building was erected but my guess is early 19th century,...more
Großenhain once had very solid city walls, even the Swedish troops had to take note of that when they besieged the town with no effect in the 30-years war twice (1637 and 1642). From 1738 on, however, the fortifications were torn down, finally only few remains were left after 1851. Fortunately the grounds were not overbuilt but used for a promenade...more
Großenhain has a nice, albeit not overly exciting old town. The town has been destroyed by big fires several times over the centuries, e.g. in 1540 and 1744, the latest one in 1872. The structure and appearance of the old town is dominated by two- or three-storey townhouses from the reconstruction after the last big fire. A few Renaissance houses...more
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