Braunsbedra has more historical churches than you can count on one hand. That’s quite impressive for a small town of thirteen villages, only a couple minutes southwest of Meresburg.
However, its village of Roßbach is more famous for an epic Prussian Army battle that took place here in the 18th century.
It’s probably a good idea to break up the sightseeing of all Braunsbedra churches with all the other sites in town.
However, you can spend an entire day at the Hasse-See alone. It’s a lake that has camping sites, a beach volleyball court, a playground with trampoline for the kids, and swimming (sure!). Saxony-Anhalt‘s swimming season isn’t too long and Braunsbedra makes the most of it with a summer concert series at the lake.
Come to think of it, there are four lakes around Braunsbedra where you can do everything from boating, to windsurfing, and fishing. Geiseltalsee (that one’s huge!), Südfeldsee, Runstedter See, and the other above. So, now that you know ’em all, what ya gonna do with this knowledge? :-)
Save another day of sightseeing for the Braunsbedra Castle, built in 1260 and now an old age home. You’ll even find ruins of a gorgeous Renaissance castle in the village of Frankleben. That’s also where you’ll find a 14th century Village Church, one of Braunsbedra’s many.
Other churches that shouldn’t be overlooked include the 12th century Grace Church, the 12th century Erlöserkirche, and the Church of St. Heinrich in Hasse Roßbach that was built in 1150. Don’t confuse it with the other Heinrich Church; that one hasn’t even been around a century.
With everything to do here, it’s best to stay a couple nights and the best centrally located guesthouse is the Hotel Braunsbedra (at Markt 1). If you got the energy at the end of the day, the hotel has its own bowling alley.
Get a good night’s sleep and then walk through the Trim Path and all the other walking trails in Landscape Park; or, look for rare birds in a protected habitat.
Stay another night and you can fit in a visit to St. Martin’s Church, the memorial to victims of the Second World War, the monument to sculptor Gerhard Geyer, and Lookout Point for views over the town.
Looks like you might need to spend another WEEK in Braunsbedra, this way you don’t miss anything.