Bautzen is accessible with regional trains from Dresden (which is connected to the German ICE and IC network, and thus, reachable easily from all over Germany). At the Bautzen railway station take the bus no. 103 headings to Hoyerswerda and exit at "Lauengraben". From here walk 5 minutes.
Use the freeway A4 and take the exit "Bautzen-West" (No. 89). From here go ahead in Hoyerswerda direction. In Bautzen follow the signposts to the city center/Tourist Information. There are parking grounds nearby, for instance at the Fleischmarkt or at the Hauptmarkt.
From the Bautzen railway station take the bus no. 103 heading to Hoyerswerda and exit at "Lauengraben". From here walk 5 minutes.
From Dresden airport take the bus no. 80 heading to "Bahnhof Klotzsche, Dresden". Exit at the final station and take a regional train or regional express to Bautzen from here. At the Bautzen station take the bus no. 103 headings to Hoyerswerda and exit at "Lauengraben". From here walk 5 minutes.
Bautzen is a midsize town in eastern Saxony. It's called the "city of towers", as there are many towers. Bautzen is the political and cultural center of the Sorbs, a Slavic minority group in Germany.
The worse things first: during the Soviet occupancy and the GDR era (1949 - 1989) Bautzen was well-known as a prison for political prisoners. The "Stasi" (which is an abbreviation for "Ministerium für Staatssicherheit" - department of national security) used to imprison "subversive" people here until 1982. Nowadays the former prison is a museum. If you are interested in newer german history, visit in the former prison is a "Must".
The historic city center of Bautzen is absolutely worth being viewed and explored. There are many significant monuments, such as the Ortenburg (which is used by the Saxonian Higher Administrative Court as well as the Sorb Museum), the Petridom which is used both by catholic and protestant believers, the Friedensbrücke (peace bridge), the "Alte Wasserkunst" (a former equipment for drinking water supply) or the "Michaelikirche".
The former city fortification is still visible in parts and shows interesting details, for instance watchtowers or the "Hofrichterhaus" from the Renaissance epoque which is a part of the Ortenburg.
The city hall was built during the baroque era, and the tower of this city hall shows several clocks, amongst others a sun dial. It was originally built in 1213, but the contemporary shape was built between 1729 and 1732 according to plans of von Johann Christoph von Naumann.
There are two large recreation areas: the "Wallanlagen" which is a park alongside the former city fortification and the "Bautzener Naturpark" in the southeast part of the city. In the district "Kleinwelka" one finds Germany's largest maze as well as the "Saurier Park".
Escape Address: Tourist-Information, Hauptmarkt 1, 02625 Bautzen, Bautzen, Saxony, Germany
The Bautzen Christmas market - the "Wenzelsmarkt" - is presumably the oldest Christmas market in Germany at all. Already in 1384, King Wenzel IV. (the market is named after him) gave the permission to the city to hold a meat market between the end of September and Christmas. This tradition has been kept till nowadays.
There are more than 3,000 km of cycle routes available in the region. Make a trip on the Spree-Radfernwanderweg that starts at the sources of the river Spree in Upper Lusatia and ends in Berlin. Alternatively discover Upper Lusatia by cycle on different cycle routes. Do you want to see some cities? Then use the Sacon city route for cyclists.
The Saurier Park in Kleinwelka, just a handful of kilometers away from Bautzen, takes you back to the past of a hundred million years. None of the continents had its current shape, and the dinosaurs were populating the earth. Learn all about this era by life-sized dinos, where they did come from, how they did develop and how they did extinct as well.