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    Schifftorvorstadt

    by german_eagle Written Mar 27, 2011

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    There are several old "suburbs" in Pirna that are located just outside the immediate old town, beyond the former city walls. One of them is called "Schifftorvorstadt", meaning the suburb beyond the city gate that led to the river landing place (Schifftor).

    As the name indicates, this suburb is right next to the river. It is also northeast of the old town, right below the Sonnenstein hill - as you can see on some pictures the buildings of the former Sonnenstein fortress are looming above the suburb. The area kept suffering from floods over the centuries. After the latest flood in 2002 most of the townhouses were beautifully restored. The main square, Am Plan, is very picturesque with a fountain, sculpture and benches in the shade in the centre.

    The houses are not older than from 1639 when the Swedish troops burned the previous ones down in the 30-years-war.

    Recently some artists have found homes here and an art gallery opened. They often have exhibits on contemporary art made by local/regional artists - found them to be quite interesting.

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    Liebethal

    by german_eagle Written Mar 27, 2011

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    Liebethal is a tiny village a few km north of Pirna. It is located above the small river Wesenitz that flows into the Elbe river near Pirna. Liebethal is surrounded by rolling hills, woods and farmland - beautiful countryside. Nice walking paths wait to be discovered. One of them leads down to and along the Wesenitz glen, passing the oldest Richard-Wagner-Monument. When I visited in 2010 the path was still closed due to damage by a flood but in the meantime (2011) it was reopened.

    Anyway, the main reason for a visit is probably the parish church. It was first mentioned in 1373 but is probably older. First off, it is in poor shape and desparate need of a restoration. Yet, the frescos are preserved and you can get an idea of how it might look once again - after a thorough restoration. The altar painting is from about 1600 (like the baptismal font), created by Andreas Göding, painter at the Royal Court in Dresden.

    The church is usually closed but there's a plaque with a list of places where you can get the key (free). Easiest is the youth hostel next to the church.

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    Langenhennersdorf Parish church

    by german_eagle Written Mar 27, 2011

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    The parish church Langenhennersdorf is a real gem. Located about 6 km southeast of Pirna (toward the National Park, frequent bus connections) it is a small village that belongs to the municipality Rosenthal-Bielatal, not Pirna. But that should not keep you from visiting.

    The church looks relatively simple from outside. It was reconstructed several times over the centuries. Most what you see nowadays is from 1495, 1751-53 and 1865. Only a portal and some parts of the walls are from the late-Romanesque church.

    The interior (well restored) appears bright and friendly. The ceiling (painting) as well as the patronage box with beautiful coats-of-arms and the pulpit are from the Baroque era. The altar beautiful painting was done by a painter from Pirna in 1595. The somewhat weird looking, quite massive baptismal font is from the early 16th century. The balconies with nice grisaille decoration were built 1865.

    Am Berg 1, 01819 Langenhennersdorf
    Opening hours vicarage: Tue 14-17 h (or call ahead)
    or contact the municipal office (email below)

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    Liebstadt - church

    by german_eagle Updated Mar 12, 2011

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    The castle is not the only reason to visit Liebstadt - the church is a gem, especially for an architecture fan like me :-)

    Built around the year 1500 it was restored a couple of times during the centuries - but it never lost its late-gothic/early renaissance ambience. The best thing is you can walk around and see ALL rooms in the church, the boxes, the sacristy , climb up the tower etc. All doors are open! On the picture you can see me on the pulpit and the view from a balcony in the choir!

    The most beautiful pieces are to see in the choir: highlight is the altar painting, a work of an unknown dutch painter (end 15th century), beside it beautiful epitaphs and tombstones, works of excellent local sculptors (early 17th and 18th century). The richly decorated pulpit is a work from 1577.

    The church is located on the opposite hill from the castle and open every day from 8 am to 6 pm.

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    Liebstadt - castle Kuckuckstein

    by german_eagle Updated Mar 12, 2011

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    The small town Liebstadt is located in a nice valley about 15 km south of Pirna. One of the reasons to go there is the picturesque medieval castle Kuckuckstein.

    It was built in the 15th century, the interior redesigned 1796 - 1802 in Neo-Gothic style. The ambience of a knight's castle is perfectly preserved. After passing two tiny courtyards the visitor can see several rooms like a knight's hall, rooms with ovens of the early 19th century, and as the highlight the Masonic lodge. This room is decorated with trompe-l'oeil frescos, especially "views" of the surrounding landscape and a "sky".

    The castle is open from Ash Wednesday to end of Oct Wednesday to Sunday 10 -18 h. Guided tours are possible upon request (also in winter).

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    Graupa parish church

    by german_eagle Updated Mar 27, 2011

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    In case you plan to visit the Richard-Wagner-Museum in Graupa you might also pay a short visit to the parish church in the village. It was built 1909 in Art Nouveau style. Unfortunately not much is left of the Art Nouveau interior since it was "renovated" 1956-58. The walls were painted white then, the wood lightened up. Fortunately the chandelier is preserved, so are the stained-glass windows, the pulpit and also the relief above the entrance. The church is usually open during the day.

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    Bad Schandau - 20km south of Pirna

    by globetrott Updated Dec 23, 2004

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    Bad Schandau - 20km south of Pirna

    Bad Schandau is a small town at the border to Czechia and it is the last station of the regular steam-boat-rides from Dresden.
    There is a museum of nature, but mainly it is well known for the cheap gasoline in Czechia just across the border and today it is so easy to get through the passport-control that plenty of people go there to fill up the tank legally with gasoline beeing about 30% cheaper than in Germany...

    Just make sure to take
    NOT more than 25 single cigarettes
    through customs !!
    All the other goods are not restricted and you
    may take home as much as you want
    and need for your OWN purpose !
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    City gardens

    by german_eagle Updated Mar 12, 2011

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    Well preserved old towns hardly ever have beautiful gardens - there was simply no room for them in medieval times. Same in Pirna. However, when the city walls were torn down they created a nice 'green' band along the western and southern side of the old town (impossible on the other sides - north the railway dam, east the Sonnenstein hill).

    So nowadays you can relax on benches between flower beds and in the shade of trees while enjoying the view of the old town, some 19th century townhouses and a few monuments. One monument reminds of the victims of WWI (pic #3), then there's a distance column etc.

    Another garden is the so called "Friedenspark" (peace garden, pic #1) which is south of the old town, off Breite Straße. This garden was created on the grounds of the medieval St. Nikolai church and cemetery which were torn down in 1875.

    Other 'green' areas are the riverside promenade and the park on top of Sonnenstein hill.

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    Postmeilensäule

    by german_eagle Written Oct 12, 2003

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    In one of those gardens you find a "Postmeilensäule" (Distance column). Such columns were erected all over Saxony in 18th century. It dates from 1722 and is the last - and well preserved - example of those columns in Pirna.

    It shows the distances to several towns. But don't think it would not be accurate, when reading "6 hours" or so. Sure, transportation in 18th century was mostly by horse-drawn carriages, but "hours" was not meant as time, but distance! It was stated that a carriage makes a certain number of miles in one hour, so this finally tells us how many MILES away a town is located.

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    Dresden - 20km north of Pirna

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2004

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    Dresden - 20km north of Pirna

    Dresden is a Must for every tourist travelling through Germany and it would be a pity, when you travel to Pirna without going to Dresden as well !!
    The Semperoper on my picture is just one of the many great sights you may see in Dresden :
    There is the famous Frauenkirche that was totally destroyed in WW II and is almost finished now with the restorations of the interior.
    The Zwinger with various museums inside, including an art-gallery, medieval armours, precious porcelain etc.
    One of the highlights of Dresden is also the big fleet of steam-ships still operating on a daily basis, offering regular cruises to Meissen and Pirna.

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    Großsedlitz / Grosssedlitz - 5 km from Pirna

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2004

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    Grosssedlitz - just 5 km from Pirna

    Grosssedlitz ( spelled with 3 S !) or sometimes spelled Großsedlitz is mainly famous for its great baroque gardens . This castle is about 5 Km from Pirna , simply follow the signs, when you drive on the left shore of the river Elbe / Labe .

    When you click on my picture, you will see that the park was built perfectely into the landscape with plenty of lovely sculptures to be found in the park.

    The castle is open daily :
    March-Sept: 08.00a.m. - 08.00p.m.
    Nov-March : Sat+Sun 10.00a.m.-04.00p.m.(weather permitting !)
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    Rathen & the Bastei - 8km from Pirna

    by globetrott Updated Dec 23, 2004

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    Bastei - 8km upstream from Pirna

    Bastei is the name of s pecial group of rocks, 8 km upstream of Pirna around the small village called Rathen or Kurort Rathen.
    In 1881 an artificial bridge was built in order to walk easily between these giant rocks and millions of tourists get there each year in order to see this special rocks and have a great view of the river Elbe.
    Just a few steps from the bridge, that you may see on my picture, there is an old fortress dating back to the 13th century. This fortress was built by wooden buildings between the rocks and it was a safe place for several centuries.
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    Kottensteig is the street where you may drive
    to the end and park your car and walk
    another 300 meters to get to Bastei.
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    Decin/Czechia - 35km south of Pirna

    by globetrott Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Decin - 35km south of Pirna

    Decin / Tetschen is within just a rather short distance from Pirna and might be combined easily with the other places of the valley of the Elbe ( called Labe in Czechia).
    In Decin you may see a lovely castle high above the town and the most beautiful part is a small rosary and a hall with great paintings on the ceilin. like shown on my picture-combination.

    Decin is a place, where everything is still a lot cheaper than in Prague or Cesky Krumlov - just click on my link below and get more infos and pics on my Decin-page !
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    Hrensko & Prebischtor - 30km south of Pirna

    by globetrott Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Prebischtor - 30km south of Pirna

    In Hrensko / Czechia - just the very first village in Czechia, when crossing the border in Bad Schandau - you may see the biggest natural arch in Europe :
    Pravcicka brana / Prebischtor
    This arch is 21meters high and 26 meters wide and it will take about 1 hour to walk there through the woods.
    Have a look on my page about Hrensko for more pics and infos and click on my link below !
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    St.Heinrich & Klosterhof / the monastery

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the dominikan monastery

    The old Dominikan monastery still looks great from outside, but unfortunately I could not get inside.
    Today there is the "Stadtmuseum" / townmuseum inside this building.
    The museum is open daily except monday
    Tuesday-Sunday : 10.00a.m.-05.00p.m.
    The monastery dates back to the year 1300 and looks great with the gothic windows.
    The monastery is a bit off the beathen path at the end of the old part of the village, but maybe you go there as well, when searching for the Postdistanzsäule / post column.

    On the map of my link below the Dominikan monastery is # 17

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