Although born in the tiny village of Röcken nearby, the world famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche grew up in Naumburg and attending school there. The family moved after his father, a pastor in Röcken, died. During the GDR years the name of Nietzsche was unpopular with the elite, due to him becoming a figurehead for the far-right movement in the...more
Towering above the Marketplace and the Town Hall is the second of Naumburg's impressive churches, the Stadtkirche St Wenzel. The church's existence owes itself the competition between the town's citizenship and the bishopric that dominated political life from the Dom. It dominates the Markt, as it was intended to, especially its spectacularly tall...more
Considered to be one of the most outstanding buildings in Germany, this cathedral was relegated to the status of a Protestant Parish church during the reformation. The cathedral consists of four towers piercing the Naumburg skyline above a cluster of monastic like buildings below. From all approaches the Dom imposes itself on the town, and inside...more
Naumburg Cathedral - proper name: St Peter and Paul - was the main reason why my dad wanted to visit Naumburg. And rightly so: It really is a beautiful cathedral. It looks so georgous! I hope that the main pic of this Naumburg page can show it to you at least a little.The cathedral is Late Roman or Early Gothic, which way you want to see it. Parts...more
The fee you need to pay to visit the cathedral is quite high. Yet, the cathedral was full of visitors. I am used to this because I often visit the cathedral in Cologne, but this one was even fuller! The atmosphere was very busy and hectic and I did not feel like being in a church. I had never experienced something like this...This was even...more
Steinweg is a small alley that leads from the marketplace to the cathedral. All houses are beautifully restaurated and it looks very nice. It reminded me of a small Heidelberg or Salzburg!The alley was very busy, many tourists and locals were browsing the shops and cafés. I especially liked the charmlingly decorated houses and took some pictures of...more
Naumburg's marketplace was very busy when we visited because the annual pottery market was taking place (see Shopping Tip). Nevertheless, it was very beautiful. The sun was shining and the place looked so idyllic, like the perfect image of a German town.The square is framed by town houses in baroque and renaissance style. There is also a fountain...more
The Town Hall is located at the marketplace. It was built in 1517 and was the first town hall in Naumburg built of stone. All the previous ones had been wood or framework houses and had burnt down one after the other due to fires that had destroyed the town (this happened at least thrice). The beautiful portal that you see in the main picture was...more
St Wenzel's Church is a church near to the marketplace. It was constructed in the 15th century and is of Gothic style, but unfortunately we could not see the interior because it was closed. My guidebook says that it features some works of Lucas Cranach and the organ was sometimes played by Johann Sebastian Bach. The whole interior was renovated in...more
In the middle ages Naumburg was seat of a bishop. The present cathedral was mostly built in the first half of the 13th century and is one of the most famous late Romanesque buildings in Saxony-Anhalt. The four steeples are a landmark in Naumburg's silhouette.After the introduction of the reformation the first protestant bishop in the whole empire...more
Everyone who has ever done a German crossword puzzle will have come across a "Naumburg founder statue" with 3 letters: UTA.The statues in the western choir of the cathedral depict the founders of the church, some of whom were buried here: two Margraves of Meißen and their wives, counts, dames and knights. They were, however, created roughly 200...more
Serving up wonderful Italian pizzas and pasta with a great view over the Markt is the Ristorante-Pizzeria "Firenze". The service is very friendly, and the owner genuinely Italian as is the food. For the quality of flavour and location the price is also extremely good value. I sat outside and watched as the evening crowds headed for the town center...more
Caféhaus Kattler is a traditional German café with an elegant, somewhat old-fashioned interior. There is a wide choice of cakes, and the waitress was extraordinarily friendly! The place was visited by both tourists and locals, and I liked the lively atmosphere very much. It was such a typical lovely German café, such as I visited with my Grandma...more
Naumburg is a small town but it does have a very limited tourist tram service. Although I didn't witness a tram moving along the length of the track, it allegedly runs between the train station and Vogelwiess every twenty minutes throughout the summer (April-September). It operates between the hours of 2pm and 6pm, but only on the last weekend of...more
Naumburg lies on the main Munich to Hamburg ICE line, and so is very easy to reach. It's about 30 minutes from Leipzig and two and a half hours from Berlin. There are also good regional services to towns and cities in Saxony-Anhalt, like Halle, and neighbouring states, like Weimar in Thuringia. The station is a little out of town, and walkinng into...more
Every year during the Barrel Organ Festival, there is a pottery market on the marketplace. We only had a short stroll, but the things on offer looked very nice and I think that market lovers would be very happy here!
It is taking place on the last saturday in August every year.
I did not take pictures of the products, but you can see some here: www.toepfermarkt-naumburg.de
We did not know about this beforehand, but when we visited Naumburg, there was a barrel organ festival taking place. This was lovely, because all around town, barrel organ players were playing their instruments. They looked so quaint and interesting, and the music gave a special atmosphere to the town while we were strolling around. The players were also willing to chat to everybody who had questions about the music or the instruments.
The festival takes place every year on the last saturday of August. On the same day, there is a pottery market at the marketplace.
It's a fair walk from the station to the center of town, and not straight forward either. The walk also takes you past some run-down tenement buildings and a burnt out old factory. It looks a little intimidating at night, but during the day it was no problem, so it's probably safe. If you are heading into town from the station at night, you might...more
There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 7 – 18°C ( 46 - 64°F ); min: 0 - 7°C ( 32 - 45°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 23°C ( 70 - 74°F ); min: 11 - 13°C ( 51 - 55°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 18°C ( 43 - 64°F); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 – 49°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 1 – 3°C ( 34 - 38°F); min: -3 - 0°C ( 27 - 32°F )
Naumburg is located with easy access to the three German states of Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony. It is perfectly located for visiting all of the wonderful little towns and cities in this overlooked area of Germany, like Weimar, Erfurt, and Bad Kosen. Leipzig is also only half an hour away on the ICE, and you can also reach Eisenach and its Wartburg within no time at all.
Always leave something for the next visit! These are the things I didn't do in Naumburg so far and that I want to do when going back... Unfortunately we only had limited time in Naumburg, so we had to leave some things out that I would have loved to see (and again, my dad is not so keen on too much sightseeing, and because he had invited me I had...more
Saale-Unstrut is Germany's northernmost wine region. The mild climate of the two river valleys allows the cultivation of vines. The products of this region have to struggle against a negative image that derives from DDR times and from attempts to do low-quality mass production after the German reunification. However, an number of ambitious...more