Medieval castles and fairy-tale villages in Germany
  • Bautzen, the centre of the Upper Lusatia

    Tourist-Information, Hauptmarkt 1, 02625 Bautzen

    How to Get There?

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      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.

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      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.

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 51.181499
      LONGTITUDE: 14.424376

       

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      From the Bautzen railway station take the bus no. 103 heading to Hoyerswerda and exit at "Lauengraben". From here walk 5 minutes.

      Nearest station

      Lauengraben, Bautzen
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      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.

      Nearest airport

      Dresden (DRS)

    Why Go There?

    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".

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Tourist-Information, Hauptmarkt 1, 02625 Bautzen, Bautzen, Saxony, Germany

    Things to do close by!

    Christmas Market

    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.

    Cycling

    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.

    Amusement park

    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.

    Hotels near Bautzen, the centre of the Upper Lusatia

    Best Western Plus Hotel Bautzen
    Located at the heart of the historic city of Bautzen, this modern hotel is surrounded by old buildings and charming lanes, and is near the lovely market place and cathedral.
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    About 0.26 KM from Bautzen, the centre of the Upper Lusatia
    Spreehotel Bautzen
    Offering a free sauna and steam room, traditional food from the Oberlausitz region, and spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi, this 4-star hotel is just 500 metres from the Bautzen Lake.
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    About 3.5 KM from Bautzen, the centre of the Upper Lusatia
    Romantik Hotel Schloss Gaussig
    This castle hotel enjoys a romantic setting in the Lausitzer Gefilde national park, near the city of Bautzen, in Saxony.
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    About 9.23 KM from Bautzen, the centre of the Upper Lusatia
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