Schmölln? Never heard of it? Well, not anymore. ;-)
For starters, it’s a pretty cool place in Thuringia. Oh, that’s not a fair description, there’s a lot more to it than just a pin on the map.
From the looks of the place you’d never guess people have lived here from the time of the Bronze Age (yea, that long) and they got the archaeological finds to prove it. But, mostly it has retained its medieval flavor with all the modern day conveniences.
The best way to truly appreciate the beauty of Schmölln is to climb the Ernst-Agnes-Turm that rises over 30 meters or 90 feet high. From this vantage point you’ll see the towers of St. Nikolai and Town Churches. Both of which are beautiful in their own right — so make sure you stop to see them.
Another tower that you can see from the heights of the Agnes comes from Schmölln’s City Hall. It’s old and has seen centuries of daily life on the cobblestoned Market Square (a place that’s been buzzing with activity for over a thousand years!).
Other signs of medieval life remain such as the remnants of the town’s fortification wall (called a Stadtmauer).
Oh, we can’t forget about the nearby Schloss Dobitschen, either.
For quiet reflection, I can’t think of a better place than the tree lined paths of the City Park. Grab a hearty lunch and have a quiet picnic overlooking the water.
For a taste of true Thuringia try a local specialty known as Mutzbraten, a pork dish served with bread and sauerkraut. It seems the regional cuisine is partial to meat dishes (with rich sauces) but, some of the most delicious vegetables come from this area.
Schmölln is a lovely medieval delight with the most delicious food. It also has a few quaint boutique style hotels for anyone wishing to stay overnight.
Good idea, I can’t think of any reason to rush through this place — you’d be sorry if you did. ;-)