I don’t think it’s fair that Saxony sometimes gets shoved aside by some of Germany’s other federal states. You know what I’m talking about. Lower Saxony has the Lünebug Heath and Bavaria has the Alps and all.
But, Saxony is the true heart of Germany. A place where normal, everyday people live. And I don’t mean just live. I’m talking about working, laughing, praying, you know LIVE. And the people that do it in the town of Groitzsch and its 29 half-timbered communities dotted with manor houses, churches, and a nature reserve.
First (and foremost) the castle. The Wiprechtsburg is one of the oldest Burgs in the entire federal state, but, not too much of this 11th/12th century castle still stands today. There is an outdoor stage at the castle for cultural events — it makes an awesome backdrop, doesn’t it?
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One of the castle’s former owners is buried at the Church of St. Laurentius in nearby Pegau.
If you’ve come to see this church, you should come to see the church of St. Martin in the village of Audigast, it’s Romanesque and Baroque architecture is heavenly to say the least. Over in the village of Pödelwitz there’s another Romanesque church.
Romanesque architecture was really popular in the Middle Ages, so every time you find one in one of Groitzsch’s villages — you’ll know they were a proper medieval town.
OK, maybe the village of Gatzen doesn’t have a church from the Romanesque period — theirs is Gothic (now Baroque, too).
All these churches are excellent to see some serious pieces of art, all for free. Hey, who doesn’t want to save a few bucks, quid, or Euro. Hiking and cycling around the Nature Reserve or chilling out at Großstolpener Lake doesn’t cost all that much; just a few bucks for a picnic or bike rental and you’re good to go.
Walking past many of Groitzsch’s half-timbered houses won’t drain the pocketbook, either; one of the oldest dates to around 1689.
With the money you’ve saved, you can get yourselves some tickets to Groitzsch’s Puppet Theater or to visit the Museum housed in the City Tower. Or, just get yourself an apartment with your savings — and do like thousands others — LIVE in Groitzsch.