Seeland — Old Mining Town On The Romanesque Route

What I need (I think) is a straight month in Saxony-Anhalt to see all the towns that were “created” recently. This time it’s Seeland, a mining town that was made by combining a handful of villages that were once part of a collective municipality.

In 2009 the villages of Friedrichsaue (this place has a fantastic Village Church), Frose, Hoym, Schadeleben (which funny enough translates to Bad Living — go figure), and Nachterstedt became Seeland, with Gartersleben added just over a year later.

And just because the town got a new name, doesn’t mean there isn’t anything historical to see — and you’ll even find this place on one of Germany’s famous scenic routes.

The even better part is, Seeland is fun on top of it all. But, I’ll get to that.

Take Friedrichsaue for example. It has a charming village church, and it’s also the location for the annual Village Festival every August.

Hoym is another village that you’ll want to see. This hamlet too has its own Village Church, find the mass grave of 18 people who died during a Death March in World War II, and where you’ll find the manor-house looking Town Hall. The town has its own festival, the Summer Festival every July.

Since Seeland was a mining town, and if you’re interested in industry, the best place to see where it was all done is the village of Nachterstedt — home to what was once one of the largest mining operations in Prussia, and is the final resting place for Soviet soldiers over on the Kiesberg.

Prefer the castles instead? OK, you can see what was once part of a castle (the keep, actually) in Gartersleben at the Oberhof, that’s now a park.

Gartersleben has more than that, ya know. It’s St. Stephens Lutheran Church (which you’ll most definitely want to see) is over four centuries old, and if you look close enough, you’ll find fish ponds all over the place.

No, you’re not going to fall in. ;-)

In the famous village of Frose, the town of Seeland meets the Romanesque Route. The grey-stone Abbey Church of St. Cyriakus, a magnificent example of Romanesque architecture from the 12th century (the original church is from the 10th century), is the reason why.

Frose truly is one of the most charming villages in the Northeast Harz Region, situated along the banks of the Selke River. It hosts the Seeland Festival, a Christmas Market, and a Childrens festival in June.

Speaking of the Selke, it isn’t the only water (besides the fish ponds). The Concordiasee is a huge water attraction, and it got bigger over time. It’s said that, nowadays, the Concordiasee is some 61-meters deep covering over three square kilometers with all the overflowing water from the Köningsauer See.

Besides, there’s a marina and a 250-passenger boat (the MS Seelandperle) that’ll shuttle you around. Oh yeah, there’s even a big festival here in the middle of August every year.

Forget the month in Saxony-Anhalt, I think I need a month in Seeland alone. ;-)

 

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