Great, here we go again, having to be multilingual in a typical German town. Oh sure German will get you around easy enough, so will English, but I really don’t know anything about speaking Sorbian. I do, however, know the town of Cunewalde is known as Kumwałd in Sorbian.
Writing it isn’t the same as speaking it, right? And while my Sorbian vocabulary is (very) limited, I do know it doesn’t matter what language you’re using — you’ll like it here.
Cunewalde is even on a wonderful scenic route, the Via Sacra to be exact. Its attraction for this charming route of religious art & architecture is its Village Church. You won’t find any church larger in the whole country, seating over 2,600 people.
Yikes, that’s about half of Cunewalde’s total population. ;-)
The church (as lovely as it is) isn’t Kumwałd’s only attraction. Come by the Tourist Office at Hauptstraße 97, they’ll tell you all about the Automobile & Technology Museum (located at Czornebohstraße 2), and they’ll most certainly direct you to Polenz Park.
Polenz Park, also known as Schlosspark Cunewalde, is the location of Wilhelm von Polenz’s memorial — a German writer from the late 19th century. As with many talented people, he died too young (the tender age of 42), but his works still live on.
Some amazing architecture also lives on here in town. Like those half-timbered houses? Yeah, me too, and you’ll find a bunch of them in the village of Klipphausen (one of Cunewalde’s 10), along with a mill that’s more than three centuries old.
The village of Halbau has some timber-framed houses too, along with some really old crosses. You can debate the meaning of the cross’s markings — no one to this very day can agree.
There’s no arguing that Cunewalde is pretty great, and its countryside is quite charming. Don’t believe me? Go up the lookout tower on the Czorneboh, then you’ll see what I mean.
Oh, I think I see the Czech Republic from up here. Well, no wonder, it’s only like one town away…
Oh, please don’t make me have to learn to speak Czech, too. ;-)