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Historical ramble through Lützen in the Saale-Unstrut region

Lützen from above

25.10. 2020, Sylvi Vahl

I only knew the Saale-Unstrut region through the signs on the motorway or from television. The wine is highly praised and of course the sky disk of Nebra was also a term to me. However, I could not connect much more with this region.

After we, mum Sylvie, dad Volker and our two girls (8 and 14 years old) had to change our holiday plans at short notice this year, I came across the Saale-Unstrut region again during my research for holiday destinations in Germany, and so we decided quite spontaneously for a family holiday in the Saale-Unstrut region. One of our excursions led us to Lützen.

It was only after we arrived that I realized what a historic place we were in. We decided to visit the museum in Lützen Castle to get an overview of the almost 800-year history of the place and the region.

The exhibition focuses on the Thirty Years' War, the wars of liberation, but of course also on the history of the city. I was particularly impressed by a large diorama in the exhibition. Depicted is the scene in which the Swedish King Gustav II Adolf fell on the battlefield not far from the town. It is an important time in the history of the region, which is reworked and kept alive here in an impressive way.

By the way, it is also worth climbing the tower of the castle. From the top you have a wonderful view over Lützen and in good weather even to Leipzig. I could have spent hours here...

After the museum tour, we went on the same day to the Gustav Adolf memorial, which is only a few minutes away by car. Here the history of the Thirty Years War becomes even more tangible. With the help of audio guides one can move independently over the area and inform at the same time. The memorial chapel right next to Swedish wooden houses is particularly impressive: quasi a piece of Sweden in the middle of the Saale-Unstrut region and in any case a significant piece of Swedish-German history.

The Swedish Lützen Foundation is very involved here, and for the Swedes, too, a visit to the memorial is, so to speak, a must during a holiday in Germany. After all, this is where their King Gustav II Adolf lost his life.

After a delicious lunch in the park restaurant, where they have really outstanding steaks, we went to the zoo and the climbing forest. Because after so much history, the kids definitely needed something different. It was the first time that our youngest climbed, and accordingly great was the joy about this spontaneous afternoon.

The zoo is especially worthwhile for younger children. In addition to the animals, there are play opportunities, a barefoot path, pony rides and of course small culinary highlights.

To end the day, we decided to go for a round of pony rides and an ice cream. The perfect end to a day trip to Lützen.

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