Weißenfels was once famous as a great trading and theater town. Located on the Saale River, the lush ground near the river attracted many farmers and merchants to the area. In turn, theater and opera flourished, bringing the finer touches to the town and getting Weißenfels firmly on the cultural map.
In 2008, for the 6th year in a row, six players with no regard for personal safety brought even more fame to the city. Floorballers, also known as unihockey players, from the Unihockey Club Kreissparkasse Weißenfels reminded the nation who was boss. Although you probably haven’t heard of it, this town is well on its way to international dominance in this sport.
If you don’t know it, don’t worry. Floor ball has only been around since the 1970’s, although it may be added to the 2020 Olympics. Petitions are underway and the IOC is receptive to the idea. Enthusiastic locals are happy to show you how to play, and the matches are intensely engaging. It’s kind of like indoor hockey mixed with rugby mixed with soccer, minus protective gear. Get autographs — the local team is going places!
And speaking of going places, if you are in town, you have to visit the Bach sites. In 1713 Bach was commissioned for a series of concerts in Weißenfels, and concerts are held annually in tribute. Popular stories also say he met his wife in the area, and there are souvenirs to reflect this available. Whether you believe the tales or not is up to you. ;-)
After concerts and indoor sports matches, try to save some time to walk along the river. It was the original attraction of the town, and as the combination of modern sports and old music can be tiring, it is nice to still have the opportunity to enjoy some natural beauty.