Dornburg-Camburg — Too Cool To Touch

Leave it to Germany to have a town that’s not even connected.

That might not make sense to you at first, but the Thuringian town of Dornburg-Camburg was made with the merging of these two distinct towns — as well as a few other villages in between. The funny thing is, they’re separated by the village of Wichmar — which is part of the Collective Municipality Dornburg-Camburg. I’m so confused… ;-)

Its geography might be a bit screwy, but the town of Dornburg-Camburg is kinda interesting, and a whole lot of fun. And if you like a place where history meets a good time, then by all means, come visit.

One of the most visited places is Burg Camburg, a castle from the 11th century that’s now in ruins. I gotta tell ya, its 37-meter high tower is still in good shape. Some prehistoric finds from the castle area are now housed in a museum in nearby Jena, BTW.

Ruin, or not, Burg Camburg is a fantastic example of a medieval castle. An even older ruin is found in Dornburg-Camburg, the Cyriaksruine. This old basilica got its start sometime around 900; the fact that it’s in ruins is all part of its charm. Also from the Middle Ages is the Stadtkirche (City Church), built here about eight hundred years ago.

What else would I tell you to see? I’d suggest visiting the Heimatmuseum (Local History Museum), and the lighthouse looking Rathaus (Town Hall). Don’t look at me like that — go see, and tell me for yourself.

And when I saw the manor house over in Tümpling for the first time, eerie (a scary-movie scene was more like it) was the first thing that popped into my head. What? It was a grey, dreary day with snow on the ground — don’t judge. ;-)

For something totally cheery, go to Zöthen, a town known for its riding schools and jumping tournaments. To go back to Tümpling for a minute, that’s the place to be in October for the Fountain Festival, and again in December for the Advent Bazaar.

Hey, Dornburg-Camburg is even found on a scenic route, the Saale Radwanderweg (Saale Cycle Route). You know what that means, great biking (and hiking!) trails through the countryside. Idyllic doesn’t even begin to cover it — but it still doesn’t explain why the towns don’t touch.

Oh well, I won’t ask why, let’s enjoy it for what it is, shall we?

 

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