Lauenstein Travel Guide

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Lauenstein Things to Do

  • Wildflower spotting

    If you're tired of seeing architecture and art then you can easily add a walk or longer hike in the beautiful surroundings of Lauenstein. The region is well known for the blooming wildflowers, many of them rarely to find anywhere else in Central Europe outside the Alps. The best time is end of May until mid July.It only takes 15 minutes of a gentle...

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  • Ev.-Lutheran church Lauenstein - Bünau...

    You will certainly not overlook the Bünau chapel, left side behind the altar - it is the most amazing piece of art in this church and one of the fines Renaissance works I've ever seen. It was designed as the burial chapel for the Bünau family. You enter through an impressive portal with wrought-iron door and see the huge epitaph with many scenes...

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  • Ev.-Lutheran church Lauenstein

    The church in Lauenstein is a jewel. The beautiful late Gothic hall-type church houses some outstanding Renaissance works of art that you would not expect in such a tiny town far off the beaten path. And yet, word has obviously not spread yet among the fans of Renaissance art, you often have the church to yourself when visiting (happened to me...

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  • Castle gardens

    No castle without a garden/park. There are actually two in Lauenstein: One is a formal Baroque garden, on the northern side of the large courtyard and free. The other is the herbs garden on the western side of the castle, next to the medieval part. You need to pay the admission fee for the museum to get there.The formal garden was designed in 1716,...

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  • Museum in the castle

    The castle does not only attract fans of architecture - the exhibits are interesting, too. Permanent exhibits are on:- George Bähr, born near Lauenstein and architect of Dresden's Frauenkirche and other Baroque buildings and churches (pics 3 and 4),- The history of a Saxon specialty, the distance columns from the first half of the 18th century,-...

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  • Renaissance castle

    Between mid 16th and mid 17th century the Bünaus, one of the leading families in Saxony, commissioned a reconstruction and additions to the existing medieval castle in Renaissance style. Result is the present, magnificent complex with only few later modifications.From the Markt square you enter the large courtyard through a gatehouse with a...

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  • Castle - the oldest part

    There is still quite a bit left of the old, medieval castle - mostly ruins, though. When walking up from the train station down in the valley you get a good view of it and you realise why it was built at this place - on a rocky promontory overlooking the valley, secure on three sides from attacks (pic 3).Some of the preserved structures go back to...

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  • The Bünau Tomb in the Church

    The church is the greatest treasure of art and architecture in Lauenstein, and the family tomb in the Bünau chapel is the greatest treasure of art in the church. Günther von Bünau had the tomb made for himself, his two (successive) wives and children. The family members are kneeling in front of a five-storey retable-like sturcture: Günther and his...

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  • The Church

    Lauenstein's greatest treasure of art and architecture is definitely the parish church. After a big fire it was rebuilt and refurbished around 1600, roughly the same time as the renaissance palace and under the same patron, Günther von Bünau. The architecture is in late, latest gothic forms but the furnituring, like altar, pulpit, tombs and...

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Lauenstein Restaurants

  • Bakery Richter

    Right on the Markt square is bakery Richter. They have one table and two seats inside and two benches in front of their bakery to relax and enjoy their products. On both of my visits so far I lucked out weather wise and rested on a bench outside.Don't expect a big selection of fancy cakes. They cater to the locals and few tourists. The choice of...

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  • Goldener Löwe

    Right on the Markt square in Lauenstein is this traditional inn/restaurant. I've been there once, on a December day with really ugly weather with sleet and wind - the restaurant was sort of a lifesaver.We had a quick, small lunch there before visiting the church and we came back after we were done with the church for dessert. See the pictures - it...

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  • Hot Soljanka and Time Travel

    Goldener Löwe, the Golden Lion, is a typical small-town inn with local food, but in very good quality. It is located right in market square on the corner of the street that leads to the church. Hard to miss. Service was quick and friendly and the food good and abundant. [satire modus on]The paintings on the wall (photos 4 and 5) tell an amazing...

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Lauenstein Transportation

  • Driving

    I am not a big fan of driving, but in some cases there's no way around it. Driving to Lauenstein is actually pretty easy: Take exit "Bad Gottleuba" at motorway A 17 (Dresden - Prague), from there it's about 10 minutes to Lauenstein. Before this motorway was finished a couple of years ago everyone drove up the curvy Müglitz valley, which was quite a...

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  • Bus

    To get around Lauenstein, especially for hiking/walking, you may want to hop on a bus. There are two bus lines from Lauenstein to other towns in the region (or vice versa):# 368 serves the villages higher up toward the main crest of the Erzgebirge on a route Lauenstein - Liebenau - Löwenhain - Fürstenau - Geising,#365 runs from Glashütte in a...

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  • Müglitztalbahn Train

    The most convenient option to get to Lauenstein is the Müglitztalbahn, a regional train from Heidenau up the Müglitz valley to Lauenstein (and farther to Altenberg). You take the suburban railway S1 from Dresden (Meissen-Dresden-Pirna-Bad Schandau) to Heidenau, where you change to Müglitztalbahn. Connections are guaranteed, the trains run every...

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Lauenstein Local Customs

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    by Kathrin_E Updated Jan 1, 2011

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    Goldener Löwe served us, apart from delicious warming food, these little works of art. How did they fold those napkins into that sailboat shape?!?

    It took us a bit to figure it out, but I *think* we succeeded.

    Here are my instructions!

    How did they do this? True VTers investigate everything.

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Lauenstein Off The Beaten Path

  • Liebenau - farmers' museum

    Liebenau, the nice little village next to Lauenstein, also has a farmers' museum. It is located at the lower end of the village in an old farmhouse with barn, yard etc. The whole complex is very typical for the area - it's a rural region with many working farms. Farmhouse and barn are not overly restored, it still looks like they could start...

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  • Liebenau - parish church

    The village Liebenau, located just a half hour walking north of Lauenstein and part of the same municipality, has a nice small Ev.-Lutheran church which is dedicated to the twelve apostles. It was originally built in the 15th century and redesigned in 1764 and 1804. The most remarkable piece in the church is the altar, a composition from 1771,...

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  • Falconer's Fountain

    Falconery has a long tradition in Lauenstein, the noble families loved it in all the centuries they lived here. Nowadays there's a show in the small courtyard of the castle a couple of times daily (in summer) which you can see - small fee, separate access, so no museum admission fee to pay.There is also a monument for the falconers in Lauenstein,...

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Lauenstein Sports & Outdoors

  • Winter sports

    Lauenstein itself has only very limited options for winter sports, it's mostly hiking, except for some cross-country skiing south of the town. But the nearby surroundings offer excellent opportunities for sports in winter, too. The train takes you hourly to Geising and Altenberg, where about 100 km cross-country trails are groomed and skilifts...

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  • Hiking

    The hiking/walking trails around Lauenstein can easily keep you busy for a week or longer. Many of them start right on the town square. To the north they lead over wide open farmland to authentic villages like Liebenau, often providing excellent panoramic views. The landscape reminds of gentle, rolling hills here, although at an elevation of 500 -...

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