Oh, I love it when there’s a German town that just rolls easy off the tongue. Say it with me, Neukieritzsch. It’s a workout for the mouth, isn’t it?
While it might be hard to actually get the word out, it’s a town that’s quite easy to fall in love with. And no, I’m not just saying that.
So, where is this exasperating name of a town? Right in the Leipzig Lowlands of Saxony, that’s where. But, I gotta tell ya, its countryside isn’t the only thing going for it.
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Over in the village of Kahnsdorf you’ll find a moated castle — and what’s not to love about one of those? You can take a guided tour of this medieval castle if you want.
Kahnsdorf, by the way, started out as a Sorbian settlement, but now it’s a charming German village with (besides a castle) a pretty 18th century church built over the original one from the year 1004.
Neukieritzsch is also known for its numerous festivals. The Dorffest is held every year in the village of Lobstadt, while the Parkfest is a Kahnsdorf staple, and the Heimatfest is held in Neukieritzsch itself.
The villages of Neukieritzsch were once known for mining (more specifically Lippendorf), but today you’ll find more people staying above ground rather than below it. How else are you going to trek along the Pleiße-Radweg? The Pleiße-Radweg, a wonderful bike scenic route, will take you right past the old St. Nikolai Church. Keep your eyes pealed for some of the town’s other churches, too.
The outdoor pool is a nice way to hang out, too. It’s got a sandbox for the kids, as well as a beach volleyball court and a place to play some table tennis for both you and the little ones.
It’s all right the name Neukieritzsch isn’t an easy one to say, but you’ll find it’s easy enough to like.