Delitzsch doesn’t mean delicious — it means town on a hill.
Boring! Why, in a town with not one but two major confectionary companies, would anyone want to insist the town was named for anything but the mounds of chocolate candies produced here each year? Hills just sit there. The candies win awards!
Naturally, there is more to do in Delitzsch than eat. However, Vanetten Chocolate is the area’s largest employer, and Ebrosia, the mail order chocolate and wine company, was founded here as well. Thus, you’re just being a responsible supporter of German business when you walk through the town stuffing your face with chocolates and other goodies.
Besides, having your mouth full will keep you from ooohhhing and aaaahhhing like a silly tourist as you walk through the streets of Delitzsch. ;-)
During WWII, only one building in town was damaged, so the historical buildings are all the real thing, not restorations. The medieval inner city and the castle are truly authentic, although the town wall was rebuilt for aesthetics in the 1990’s. But it does make a nice frame for photographs.
You’ll also want to take a good picture of the City Tower… if you can get to it! If you are in Delitzsch at the end of June it will be the Peter & Paul festival where thousands will be packing the streets and watching the tower. They do a reenactment of the invasion of the Swedes that is MASSIVE. More than 300 costumed Swedish invaders charge the tower to do battle with an equally large contingent of decked out townspeople.
So why are they looking at the tower? Well, the Swedes were not advancing as loudly back in the day as the performers do now, so it was going to be a surprise attack until they were spotted by the tower warden’s daughter. She blew a horn to warn the townspeople, and they won the battle.
A symbolic trumpet blast from a “warden’s daughter” now opens and closes the five day festival, which features costumed locals, carnival booths, amusement rides, music and of course… chocolate!