Even I was a bit flabbergasted at how many villages and hamlets made up the (politically new) town of Südliches Anhalt. Um, there are seventy of them total.
It didn’t used to be like that. Almost all of them were combined on January 1, 2010, with three more added just nine months later. Wow, it’s almost like Südliches Anhalt gave birth the triplets. ;-)
You know I’m only joking around, but I do take some things quite seriously. Sightseeing around small German villages is one of ’em.
Südliches Anhalt — Top Areas Of Interest
Because there are so many hamlets and villages, I don’t have the time to experience all of them — but I will fill you in on what I did scope out.
Edderitz is where you can swim every May to September at the lake. No worry about it being crowded, it takes up some 40 acres.
A more traditional outdoor pool is found in Glauzig, and also offers a volleyball court, a tennis court, and beer garden. Oh, well, who needs anything else?
I do. I need some history to go along with the great outdoors. For that you gotta head to the village of Großbadegast for its 16th century altarpiece at the local church.
Then it’s over to Weißandt-Götzau for its 12th century church, and its castle ruins. In Gröbzig there is an old synagogue and Jewish cemetery, and its Schlossturm (Castle Tower) dates from the 9th century.
Despite that, I believe that Piethen is the oldest village of them all, born in 973.
Over in Trebbichau an der Fuhne the old church was built in the 11th century, and the village pond is a lovely place to sit while you figure out where to go next.
Make it Riesdorf, with its Fire Museum. Not real fire mind you, but equipment used for firefighting over the centuries.
Wieskau is a good place too — you’ll love its 18th century Baroque Church. It is also along the Fuhne river, which is a tributary of the Saale.
I could keep going, as there are plenty more villages and hamlets that I haven’t seen yet. But, with almost 200 square kilometers to cover I’ll be here until my next birthday, I think. And by then Südliches Anhalt might’ve given birth to another set of triplets, or something. ;-)