Eilenburg has tried to hang up its image of being an industrial city and has instead chosen the slogan “the city on the Mulde River with a green heart.” Let’s find out whether or not the city really lives up to this new name.
Every year in the month of June there is a festival all about Eilenburg. Those who can’t come in June, should plan on coming in the winter months when the town comes alive with the obligatory Christmas Market.
To get to know the Mulde River a bit better, take a stroll (or a serious hike) down the Mulde Valley Hiking Path. The path is a total of 149 kilometers (!), and passes through many towns and villages.
Not ready to walk that much? Then start with the shorter path, the Mill Wandering Path or Mühlenwanderweg. Like its name implies, this path goes by as many windmills as possible. One of the best windmills on the 71 km path is the Bechers Mill, which was built in 1868.
Because Eilenburg is on the Mulde River, it brings a lot of travelers, but at the same time it also can bring a lot of trouble. One of the biggest tourist attractions is the Bobritzer Dam. This work of engineering tries to keep the Mulde River in its banks. In years with heavy rains during the spring, those who are riding their bicycles down the Mulde Bicycle Path discover that the path has a couple of inches of water on it!
Alright, back into town…
There aren’t that many old buildings in the town. The one that comes highly recommended is the Sorben Tower. This 16 meter high tower has walls that are 1.6 meter thick. The tower dates to the 12th century, making it the oldest building of this type in all of Saxony. You can climb to the top and see for a pretty long way on a clear day.
More interested in history? There is a City Museum here, if you want to know more about the more than 1000 year history of the town. The most interesting exhibit in the museum is a historical classroom. Wow, this means that you can see what a full sized classroom from the 1920s in Eilenburg looked like. ;-)