Thuringia is just full of charming towns like Kahla that are a delight to see, and you might not ever know about unless you’re on some scenic route in Germany like the Saale-Randwanderweg or Saale Cycle Route.
The Saale Cycle Route will bring you right through Kahla from Orlamünde (about 5km away) or Lobeda (around 14km). Whichever way you’re coming from the countryside is quite picturesque, so take your time and enjoy the scenery.
As pretty as you’ll find Kahla’s countryside, it is a historical town too.
The City Church of St. Margaret that you’re looking at today took 84 years to build from 1411-1495. I should say rebuild, because it was destroyed by a fire in 1410 — so that means an even older church was originally here.
As grand you’ll find the church’s architecture, it is the fact that Martin Luther preached here that makes it even more special.
Also from the Middle Ages is the Leuchtenburg. OK, what was once the Leuchtenburg. The inner and outer wall remain, as does the tower dungeon (now a museum), has a tavern, is a music and theater venue, and hosts a Walpurgis Night Festival.
Another venue for musicians and artists is the Metznersche Haus, who use the Local History Museum’s courtyard for artistic events. The building itself is a piece of Kahla’s history. It was built in the 16th century.
And back to a dungeon type experience, the Malzturm (Malt Tower) and Marterturm (Torture Tower) still survive from the town’s original Stadtmauer.
For 20th century history of Kahla, there is a Todesmarsch Stele — that is a monument to those who died here on Death March during World War II.
It’s not all about torture and history, rest assured. Kahla still likes to have a good time, which will be evident if you’re here for the Turner Kirmes at the end of October or the Kaninchen- und Landmarkt (also at the end of October) that sells all sorts of fish, cheeses, and locally made honey.
Eat up, because the Saale Cycle Route is waiting for you.