I went to Apolda to visit the Doberman statue and the Olle DDR museum. The Doberman statue was hard to find, but was well worth it since I found it to be very cute. The DDR museum was very disappointing since not only did someone on Virtual Tourist say it was a great museum and it wasn't, but it was literally just a moldy shack where they had collected everyday items from the DDR and then charged you money to see it.
We also came across a very large and beautiful church made from brick near the Doberman statue.
- Family Travel
Bell Museum and Municipal Museum
Glockenmuseum - Bells, You may touch them!
History of bells around of the world.
Apolda World Bell Concert:
The tradition of the bell-town Apolda will come to life in a worldwide concert. The ‘meaning’ of bells is as varied as the occasions at which they are played.
- Family Travel
The town hall dates back to 1908/1910. On the back side of the building there is a bell play consisting of 18 bells. It has been inaugurated in 1999 and was designed by Peter Schilling whose bell foundry was nationalized in 1972.
The Renaissance townhall from 1558/59 has been changed to Baroque style. It definitely is the landmark on the market square. It received its tower only 110 years later.
The tourist office is also located there but it is closed on weekends. There is some information hanging on the outside wall though.
The Luther church was built during the years 1892-94. Its tower is 80 meters high. The windows are of lead glass and the building is made of brick. The church was closed when we were there but sometimes they also have concerts playing the Sauer organ.
- Religious Travel
Bell and city museum
We didn’t have time to visit this museum, unfortunately. But it features the history of the bell making. Until 1988 Apolda was famous for its bell productions and made around 20000 of them. The Sankt-Peter bell, the world largest free swinging bell located in the cathedral of Cologne was produced in Apolda on 5th May 1923.
The part of the city museum located in the same building shows the history of the knitwear industry.
- Museum Visits
Zimmermannbau and monument
Christian Zimmermann was the founder of a trading house for knitwear and hosiery. He lived from 1759 till 1842. The monument (photo 1) at the Pushkin square dates back to 1892.
You may see the “Zimmermannbau” (photo 2) a former warehouse of his company at the Bahnhofstrasse 28. The building dates back to 1880-82 and today it’s used by the Landratsamt. Please note the 48 tables under the windows (photos 3 & 4) which show how the wool was turned into knitwear. Today it houses the Landratsamt.
Also there is an inscription (photo 5) on the building by the main entrance which remembers the forced labourers who had to work in the factory.
You may know the Dobermann dogs which nowadays are considered dangerous. Anyway, Karl Friedrich Dobermann used to be a taxcollector in the Apolda area and needed some protection on his trips. He bred the Dobermann dog. So, you may find the world’s one and only Dobermann dog monument here which was inaugurated in 1999.
The Kunsthaus is located in an Italian Landhaus style villa in the Bahnhofstrasse. They have changing exhibitions and a good reputation. It was closed when we visited as they were preparing for a new exhibition.
- Museum Visits
Museum "Olle DDR"
This unique museum alone is worth a trip to Apolda. Actually, that’s why we made a detour. It shows over 12 thousand exhibits including a Trabi and a fully furnished three room flat from the GDR era. Also party offices can be seen. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take pictures.
1st April - 31st October: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am till 6 pm
1st November - 31st March: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am till 5 pm
(last entrance 30 minutes before closing time)
entrance fee: Euro 1.50 for adults, youngsters Euro 1.00, under 6 years old free
The Martinskirche dates back to the beginning of the 12th century. In the 17th century it was converted and the baroque tower was added. The church was closed when we visited. Note the special construction on the outside side walls to keep the walls in place.
- Religious Travel
The original bits of the castle date back to the 12th century. Over time the castle changed its appearance many times. Today there are a music school and the offices of the city council located there.
- Castles and Palaces
Christian Zimmermann Monument
This monument is dedicated to Christian Zimmermann who was founder of the first department store of knitted goods (1789). These goods made Apolda well known.
The monument was erected at Alexander Puschkin Square in 1892.
Apolda is a small town north of Jena. It does not have so much highlights but is situated in one of the most beautiful regions. The Saale Valley is a stone throw away. Saale-Unstrut is Germany's northernmost vine growing region.
This brick-stone building of the late 19th century has colorful windows. Also the Sauer organ is very impressive.