On the A9 motorway that runs from Munich to Berlin is the town of Eisenberg (Thuringia).
It’s a place where on a crisp Christmas Eve you’ll find residents enjoying live holiday music from the City Hall Tower on the Marktplatz. You surely won’t find that going on in most cities across the globe. I guess that’s one of the things that makes the town of Eisenberg so special.
City Hall on Christmas Eve isn’t the only place you’re able to take in a music concert. The Castle Church, the largest Baroque church in Thuringia, also holds regular concerts; besides holding normal church services.
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Also on the Marktplatz is a lovely Renaissance style building that’s now used as Eisenberg’s Community Center. Good place to mingle with the locals and good spot to find out about some of Eisenberg’s goings on; like the Summer Celebration held in the beginning of August.
If you want to see a look into medieval life in town; there’s the 13th century Monastery Camburg nearby.
Eisenberg also has the smaller church of St. Peter, which is beautiful in its own right. Right between the Town Hall and the church is the Friedenspark or Peace Park, perfect to sit and enjoy peace & quiet. Or, letting the kids run around a bit. ;-)
Another place for quiet reflection is the Eisenberg Cemetery. Inside the cemetery you’ll find a memorial stone the children of World War 2.
The kids will, no doubt, love the Eisenberg Zoo; filled with small cuddly domestic animals and ones from as far away as Australia and Africa.
Little ones might not be so happy to visit Eisenberg’s City Museum (open seven days a week), but it’s a nice stop for the older ones and grownups of us.
Take them over to the town’s municipal swimming pool with waterslide and they’ll forgive you for dragging them to any museum or, anywhere else for that matter.