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Contributions " Psst ... what happened in Lützen 390 years ago
Contributions " Psst ... what happened in Lützen 390 years ago

Psst ... what happened in Lützen 390 years ago

Lützen - Battlefield diorama (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Lützen - Battlefield diorama (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte

390 years ago Lützen was shrouded in black smoke

On 6 November 1632, much blood flowed in the small town. More than 35,000 soldiers from two mighty armies, that of the Swedish king Gustav II Adolf and the imperial Catholic Albrecht von Wallenstein, engaged in a brutal battle. Among the more than 8,000 killed was the Swedish leader.

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Where once a granite boulder alone did honour, it is now supplemented by a canopy and a memorial chapel at the place of Gustav II Adolf's death. The small Museum in the blockhouse provides an insight into this period: historical legacies of the battle events such as cuirasses, ammunition or cannonballs are sad witnesses of the battles.

Pewter figure in the Lützen Museum (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Pewter figure in the Lützen Museum (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Lützen Memorial Chapel (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
Lützen Memorial Chapel (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial

Historic in a modern guise

390 years after the battle, a museum will open in 2023. Extension The highlight for guests is a mass grave with 47 skeletons. 

If you want to interactively explore the former theatre of war, the best way is to listen to stories about the battle on the "Lützen 1632 Battlefield Trail". Do you also wonder what the battle cry of the Finnish Hakkapelite cavalry unit sounded like or how the Imperial Field Marshal zu Pappenheim experienced his last minutes? You can find out all this and more here.

You can bring the battlefield trail to life using an app - similar to a digital audio guide. At Lützen Castle and the Gustav Adolf Memorial, a QR code indicates the download option. Activate the location recognition of your own mobile phone so that the app can guide you well. Not another app, you may think! But the museum staff have thought along very well. As soon as you leave Lützen, the app automatically removes itself from your smartphone. You don't need to worry about anything else.

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The Lützen 1632 Battlefield Trail is not the only digital way to explore Saale-Unstrut individually. We have compiled even more digital guided tours in Saale-Unstrut for you in various blog posts. Why not read how you can "With smartphone and app through Saale-Unstrut" come through Saale-Unstrut or which "9 fantastic audio walks in Saale-Unstrut" They expect.

Tip for history fans
Every year on the first weekend in May, the Scharnhorstfest in the Lützen district of Großgörschen. Although the battle commemorated by the festival took place around 200 years later, it was no less bloody. Members of historical re-enactment groups from Germany and abroad, with their true-to-the-original uniforms and equipment, ensure that spectators feel as if they have travelled straight back in time to the year 1813, when Prussian General Gerhard David von Scharnhorst was wounded. The re-enactment of the battle of 02 May 1813 is a great spectacle.

Gustav Adolf Memorial Site Lützen (c) Daniel Remler
Gustav Adolf Memorial Site Lützen (c) Daniel Remler
Scharnhorst Monument in Lützen (Salle-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte

Lützen for families

The site of the former battles is now also an excursion destination for families. Besides a Climbing forestwhere young and old alike can test their dexterity, the small Animal and adventure park. Blogger Sylvi tried out what it feels like.

In Lützen you will get your children happy (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Test your dexterity in the Lützen Climbing Forest (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Get up close to the animals at the Lützen Animal and Adventure Park (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
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