I like contrasts. Old mixed with new, yin and yang, black and white films, that kind of thing.
So, when I got to the town of Naunhof in Saxony I got exactly what I liked. This is a place where you’ll find more than three-quarters of the town surrounded by forest right next to the A14 Autobahn.
See, contrast, nature right next to what I think is the world’s best motorway.
But, the speed demon Autobahn isn’t the only way folks get around. The Grüner Ring, a bicycle route around Leipzig (about 16km northwest) runs right around.
Hmm, more contrast… foot power vs. super charged horse power. :-)
Of course, if you’re cycling your way around you’ve got more time to stop and smell the roses; not having to look for a place to park. So, maybe once you’ve parked the car, leave it there for a while, since it’ll take some time to see the place.
A good first stop is the Baroque Schloss Ammelshain, then maybe on to the Clock Museum. We Germans are known for being punctual, so you know every clock will be set to precise time. ;-)
To let off a little steam before seeing Naunhof’s Office Supply Museum (hey wait, you’re on vacation… who wants to see office stuff?) try a day at the Waldbad. For just a few Euro you’ve got swimming, beach volleyball, and beach handball. You just got to do it from mid-May to the middle of September.
Other sporty fun is at the Kletterwald, a “climbing forest” where you can swing from the trees over 11 courses. Of course it’s safe. You’ll be wearing a helmet and harness.
A different kind of “forest” experience could be had camping or just chilling out lakeside.
For the cultural side of Naunhof look no further than the Cabaret and Classical music concerts, the Castle Run in July, the Children’s Festival in July, the Village Festival (also in July), and the Summer Flea Market (July).
Yet again, another contrast… Naunhof is both cultural and sporty. I like it. I like it a lot.