Once a rural settlement on the western edge of the Tharandter Forest the 750 year old city of Wilsdruff is a pretty cool town, located not too far from Dresden in what is known as the Elbland. In addition to quite a few historical old buildings, you’ll find activities like golf and entertaining festivals throughout the year.
The first (and best) place to start here in Wilsdruff is the town’s local history museum. Can you think of any better place to explain all about Wilsdruff’s fourteen neighborhoods? It’ll showcase how the town’s Nikolaikirche, that’s been around since the 13th century, still holds services every Sunday (Protestant after the Reformation). That’s still a whole lot of sermons over the last 700 years!
Almost as old as Nikolaikirche is Schloss Limbach. Built in the 15th century, this manor house remained within one family’s possession for over 500 years until 1945. Sadly, it fell into decay but now the lock is in the process of being renovated.
Not only does Wilsdruff have its weekly market day on Thursday, but it also hosts an annual Amateur Film Festival on the 1st weekend in May (since 1985). Stick around for a month and enjoy the Fire Brigade Festival on the 1st weekend in June, as well.
If you want something a bit on the quieter side you’ll find it over at Wilsdruff’s 9 hole golf course or at the nearby Botanical Gardens. You can’t go wrong, as either way you’ll enjoy some scenic natural beauty.
Whatever your reason for coming to Wilsdruff, you’ll be more than happy you did. For a town that’s over seven centuries old, it really is a fun and fabulous.