Freyburg — Wine And History Meet The Unstrut

Here it is, the end of another week, and I’ve positively chosen one of the best places to spend it in — the nationally recognized health resort town of Freyburg (Unstrut). What’s not to love about a historical wine town on the banks of the Unstrut River? Absolutely nothing, right?

So, where is this charming piece of wine-drinking heaven? I’ll tell ya, just north of Naumburg (Saale), and 63 km to the west of Leipzig.

Now that everyone knows where they are, it’s off to see the home of Friedrich Ludwig Jahn. Before you go asking, Friedrich who… I’ll tell ya. Mr. Jahn is the founding father of modern gymnastics, and he once lived and worked here; hell, he’s even buried here.

One thing I can tell you, you’ll be doing somersaults for joy when you’re here. Maybe it’s the wine… Who knows, but it is a town with some pretty awesome festivals. So, mark your calendar to be here for the September Winzerfest; the Christmas Market; the Wine & Chocolate Events; and the community wine walks, which are a great way to kill a couple hours on a Saturday to hear about the thousand years of wine making in the region.

All this partying goodness is a far cry from the days of the Witch Hunts during the 17th century. But, that’s all part of history, right? And speaking of that, Freyburg is sure chocked full it.

Where to begin about the centuries upon centuries of history? Ohhh, I know, the medieval castle is a great place. Schloss Neuenburg was built way back in the 11th century, and has played host to everyone from poets to kings to emperors like Barbarossa himself. Even if you’re not a history buff, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy the medieval music events every June here at the castle.

The castle wasn’t the only thing constructed during the Middle Ages. The Church of St. Mary (13th century), as well as the town’s city walls were constructed during this time period.

This all sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, you can see it in an even better way — take a Night Watchman Tour. C’mon, it’s only 90 minutes out of your evening, and you start at the City Information Center at the Marktplatz.

It’s nice to be around other people, but sometimes you do want to experience nature all alone. Well, sorta, the Unstrut Cycle Route isn’t really a “crowd” activity thing to do — but it is popular. Probably because the countryside is just so gosh-darn pretty.

Maybe this is why it’s so easy to love Freyburg — although I’m sure all that wine and history have something to do with it. ;-)

 

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