Apolda Travel Guide

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Apolda Things to Do

  • Apolda Overall

    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...

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  • 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.

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  • Stadthaus

    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.

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  • Rathaus

    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.

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  • Lutherkirche

    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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Dobermann monument

    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.

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  • Kunsthaus

    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.

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  • 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.Opening times:1st April - 31st October: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am...

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  • Martinskirche

    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.

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  • Schloss (castle)

    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.

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  • Lutherkirche

    This brick-stone building of the late 19th century has colorful windows. Also the Sauer organ is very impressive.Website: http://www.kirche-apolda.de/

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  • 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.

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  • Apolda

    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.

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Apolda Transportation

  • Intercity stop in Weimar or Jena...

    Frankfurt/Main - Eisenach (Thur.) - Erfurt (airport via Munich) - Weimar - Apolda - Naumburg - Halle (Saale) [or via Leipzig (Sachsen/Saxonia)] - Berlin.

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  • By train

    There is a regional train to Apolda once an hour. We took the train from Weimar which only took a few minutes. The one way ticket cost Euro 3.30 (March 2009). We were quite surprised that there were no luggage lockers in the railway station. When the ticket counter/snack corner is open you may leave your luggage there but on a Saturday there were...

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  • Hiking Tracks

    Apolda is a good starting point for hiking trips. You can follow the way of Napoleon who was defeated nearby or visit all the small villages around to get an impression of Thuringian flair.Here are some suggested routes:http://www.apolda.de/sites_tourismus/02ausflugsziele00wanderkarte.htm

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Apolda Shopping

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    When in Thuringia make sure you check out a Viba shop. The Viba brand of goodies is produced in Thuringia and they are yummy. They not only have nougat chocolates but also vitamin fruit bars.

    Viba shop

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Apolda Local Customs

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    by yumyum Written Apr 5, 2009

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    Beer production was first mentioned in Apolda in 1440. Today's Vereinsbrauerei was founded in 1887. You find the brewery just under the castle hill in the center of town.

    You can actually visit the brewery every Tuesday at 2 pm or by arrangement for groups. The cost is Euro 10.00 for the around 2 hour tour and includes 2 glasses of fresh beer, a pretzel and a souvenir glass. Groups of more than 15 people need to phone ahead.

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Apolda What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Written Jul 24, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 9 – 20°C ( 49 - 68°F ); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 - 49°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 24°C ( 72 - 75°F ); min: 12 - 14°C ( 53 - 58°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 19°C ( 45 - 66°F); min: 2 - 11°C ( 36 – 51°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 6°C ( 38 - 43°F); min: -1 - 2°C ( 30 - 36°F )

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Apolda Off The Beaten Path

  • Dornburg

    Dornburg has less then 1000 inhabitants but has one of the longest and most exciting history of Thuringia. The town can look back to a more then 1000 year long history. The main attractions are the castles but also around the big market square you can discover some architectural gems.

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  • Naumburg

    Naumburg is one of the most beautiful towns of Germany. It is located in the wine-growing region of the Saale, close to Leipzig. Its town centre offers a million of historic and architectural highlights, like the Cathedral and the town hall. Have a look at my Naumburg page for more info.

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  • Camburg

    Due to the Saale River Camburg has grown to a rich town. In the centre you can still see the wealth of the town. Most of the beautiful brick-stone buildings has been restored in the past years. A good website: http://people.freenet.de/Camburg/tourist.html (in German only)

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Apolda Favorites

  • Middle Saale Valley

    The rivers Saale and Unstrut (Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt) mark Germany's northernmost wine-growing region. Due to the Gulf Stream the region has a warm climate although it has the same latitude then Irkutsk, Russia or Winnipeg, Canada.

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  • Middle Saale Valley

    Finally you can see the Saale. It is the small river in the foreground. The village is Dorndorf, situated halfway between Jena and Naumburg.

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  • Middle Saale Valley

    I took this photo from Dornburg down to the Saale Valley. When I was here a drought almost dried out the river. It had a water level of about 5 cm (2 inches). I could walk through the river.

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