Rammenau Travel Guide

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Rammenau Things to Do

  • Garden

    Definitely see the garden in the back of the manor. It is designed as an English park, with ponds and fountains, statues/figures of sandstone, wooden pavillion, viewing points, woods alternate with lawns, there are many benches for a rest. There is another monument for Johann Gottlieb Fichte in the garden, and since 1962 the whole garden is...

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  • Permanent Exhibits

    On the uppermost floor, under the roof (interesting wooden construction, btw.) are two permanent exhibits: One is about the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte who was born in Rammenau. It is in German only, unfortunately, but you can see original documents, pictures etc.The other exhibit is about the dominating economy in the region, at least in...

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  • Golden room

    This room, the former bedroom, has its name from the golden Renaissance-style ornaments in the (painted) pilasters that separate the wall panels. The beautiful stucco ceiling and the open fireplace are originally preserved from the first half of the 18th century. The wallpapers, however, were redesigned during restoration works in the 1960s. Worth...

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  • Chinese room

    This room has the oldest originally preserved decoration in the manor - from 1737. These chinoise designs were very popular back then, other excellent examples are in nearby Dresden-Pillnitz and Weesenstein. Here in Rammenau you see canvas wallpapers with painted motifs from China, figures, ornaments, landscapes, as well as the original stucco...

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  • Bulgarian Room

    This is a bright room with ochre painted walls on which you see small paintings depicting ancient architecture, framed by birds and twines. The upper and lower parts of the wall are separated by a black band painted with coloured peacocks, thus also the name "peacock room".The classicistic design of the room dates from 1800, the era shortly after...

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  • Hunting room

    This room is also called "Humboldt room", named after Priscilla, Freiin von Humboldt, a granddaughter of Wilhelm von Humboldt. It used to be her bedroom.

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  • Spiegelsaal (Mirror hall)

    The largest room in the manor is the mirror hall. It is two storeys high, bright and with fabulous acoustics, so that it is used for balls, concerts and other events. The walls are decorated with large mirrors and painted stucco bands, there are large paintings from the 18th century, Baroque open fireplaces and vases of porcelain from Dresden, and...

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  • Pompeijan or Devil's Room

    This is one of the most fascinating rooms in the manor. It was designed in 1790. The walls are painted in the style of the ancient paintings found in Pompeij, typical for the classicistic era. The painted figures that accompany Bacchus, the Satyrs and Bacchants, do look somewhat like little devils, granted. The overdoors show kids following...

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  • Staircase

    The triple-run staircase is a showpiece. The Baroque architecture and the trompe-l'oeil decoration are stunning. You will have to take a second look to realise that it is just painted architecture, an illusion, along the walls. The style of the paintings reminds of Adam Friedrich Oeser, one of the greatest painters in Saxony in the 18th century.

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  • Ground floor

    Upon entering the manor you are in the entrance hall with pillars and beautiful vaults, the walls with trompe-l'oeil decoration from the classicistic era. Straight ahead is the restaurant with beautiful, themed rooms (hunting salon, birds' salon, garden salon, cornflower salon), definitely have a look inside, even if you're not inclined to eat...

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  • Manor

    The manor was built in Baroque style 1721-37 according to plans of Johann Christoph Knöffel, one of the leading architects at the elector duke's court in Dresden. Several rooms were redesigned 1794-1820 in classicistic style, the others are originally preserved. It is a two-storey building with small side wings, the facades are painted with trompe...

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  • Economy builings and courtyard

    The economy building to the left (eastern) side hosts beautiful halls for events and temporary exhibits. Don't hesitate to enter, it's usually open. At least you can wander around and admire the beautiful vaults and well proportioned halls. No extra admission fee for the exhibits.The temporary exhibits show works of art of local/regional artisans...

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Rammenau Restaurants

  • Wätzlich

    The local butcher named Wätzlich has a small restaurant where hearty, regional food is offered. Don't expect any culinary sensations, but it is pretty good, down-to-earth and inexpensive. It is very popular among locals, especially for lunch specials (4 Euro) on workdays.Open Tue-Sat 11-14/17-22 and Sun 11-14

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  • Schlossrestaurant

    There is an upscale, quite expensive restaurant in the Baroque rooms on the ground floor of the manor (garden side). We only had hot chocolate, coffee and apple strudel w/vanilla ice-cream and whipped cream, delicious. I enjoyed the ambience very much, from decor over view to service - everything was close to perfect. Quite often the restaurant is...

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Rammenau Transportation

  • Public transportation

    Public transportation to Rammenau requires some planning and some changes. The village has no train station, so the last leg is always bus. Bus #182/189 runs quite frequently (at least Mon-Fri) between Kamenz and Bischofswerda, both with at least hourly train connections with Dresden. The stop for this bus is on the eastern end of Rammenau, from...

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  • Car

    I must admit I use to drive to Rammenau; it's just a 15 minutes drive from my home. Also, it's only 5 minutes from the closest motorway exit (A4 Dresden-Görlitz, exit Burkau). The main road Kamenz - Bischofswerda (with the A4 exit) touches the eastern outskirts of Rammenau, from there you must take the minor road that goes straight to the centre of...

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Rammenau Shopping

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    by german_eagle Written Mar 31, 2013

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    This building that is home of the Tourist Info and small museum also has a nice shop where you can buy products of the local/regional manufactures and craftsmen: All sorts of pottery, linen, blueprint in particular, but also handpainted Easter eggs, gingerbread from Pulsnitz, related books etc. Actually a really good souvenir/gift shop, prices are very reasonable.

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Rammenau Local Customs

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    by german_eagle Written Apr 1, 2013

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    One of the greatest German philosophers, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, was born in Rammenau (on 19 May 1762). The village is - understandably - very proud of its famous son. The main street, leading from the centre to the manor, was named after him on occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth. I highly recommend to do the lovely walk along this street (very little traffic), passing several attractions.

    You'll see the Fichte monument, created 1912 by Walter Sindeniß from Dresden, the building where Fichte went to school, the ground where his birthplace was and where he grew up (the house is not preserved, unfortunately), the parish church where he was baptised. Finally you'll reach the manor where on the uppermost floor, under the roof, is a permanent exhibit on the philosopher's work and life.

    Fichte was one of eight children of a poor weaver's family. A relative of the lord of the manor noticed the kid's quick readiness of mind and his outstanding memory and sponsored his education, first at a school in Meißen, then at the (elite) state school in Pforta. Fichte studied in Jena and Leipzig, met Kant in Königsberg, became professor in Jena and Erlangen. In 1810 he became Deacon of the philosophical school of the University in Berlin, later was their first rector. Fichte died 29 January 1814 in Berlin.

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Rammenau Off The Beaten Path

  • The lakes and ponds

    The small lakes and ponds of Rammenau give a special charm to the village. They are not natural, however, but were mostly created in the swampland between 1586 and 1623. At present eight out of eleven larger ponds and lakes still exist. They belonged to the manor; after WWII the lakes and ponds were confiscated by the communists, just like the...

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  • Altes Gefängnis

    The name "old prison" is somewhat misleading. It was erected as the 2nd school building in 1774. About the year 1800 some 200 kids went to school here. After the 3rd school building was erected in 1851 (across the street, nowadays called "old school"), this one was partially torn down and reconstructed as school barn, used for teaching the kids all...

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  • Alte Schmiede

    The village has a small museum, and it's actually a pretty nice one. For one thing it is in one of the beautiful old Umgebinde houses, the old blacksmith's shop, so you have the chance to see such a house from the inside, and then it also has a nice exhibit on the history of Rammenau, original pieces of the blacksmith's shop on display, a small...

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Rammenau Favorites

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    by german_eagle Updated Apr 2, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The whole village Rammenau is pretty close to picture-perfect, almost all the houses are well restored. You still find working farms with old houses with barns, typical small flower/veggie gardens, craftsmen's shops (pottery, linen). The setting is also beautiful, with the rolling hills in the surroundings, a little creek, the ponds and lakes ... There is not much traffic going through Rammenau, the main road only touches the outskirts.

    Btw, in 2012 Rammenau won the award for "most beautiful village in Saxony", not really a surprise.

    Fondest memory: I highly recommend to park the car or get off the bus at the main square in the centre and walk from there to the manor. You can actually do a loop, one way along the quiet main street (Johann-Gottlieb-Fichte-Straße), the other way in the back of the houses on the marked trail over the farmland. Either way it's about 10-15 minutes to walk. Or bring/rent a bicycle, faster and equally enjoyable.

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