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City tour Merseburg

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extremely lightweight

2.1 km

00:32 h

86 m

107 m

19 m

18 m
Height profile


Discover sights and historical places in Merseburg.

Tour Highlights:

1 City church St. Maximi
Start your city walk in the centre of the city at the Entenplan. From here you have a beautiful view of the town church St. Maximi, which was probably founded at the end of the 10th century. Between 1432 and 1501, the church was rebuilt into a three-nave, late Gothic hall church. The neo-Gothic tower, which was built after the fire in the turret in 1867
Discover sights and historical places in Merseburg.

Tour Highlights:

1 City church St. Maximi
Start your city walk in the centre of the city at the Entenplan. From here you have a beautiful view of the town church St. Maximi, which was probably founded at the end of the 10th century. Between 1432 and 1501, the church was rebuilt into a three-nave, late Gothic hall church. The neo-Gothic tower, which was built between 1867 and 1872 after the fire in the steeple, is with 70 m the highest building of the
city. 174 steps have to be overcome to be able to look over the city. Remarkable is the organ from 1876, which sounds today for church services and concerts.

Market, 06217 Merseburg

2 Market with distemper fountain
You can get to the market directly from the town church. On Merseburg's market square is the "Staupenbrunnen" (distemper fountain) dating from 1545. As we know it, the fountain was created in 1861 on the initiative of the mayor Heinrich Seffner. The "distemper fountain" owes its name to a medieval corporal punishment, in which the condemned person was beaten on the pillory or the distemper column.

Market, 06217 Merseburg

3 "Old Town Hall
Our way leads us further into the Burgstraße to the "Old Town Hall". The medieval building was destroyed in a town fire in 1444. The northern part was rebuilt in 1478 over the older remains. From 1561 to 1568 Nickel Hoffmann extended the southern part in Renaissance style. Remarkable are the numerous bishop's coats of arms on the town hall facade. It was not until 1692 that the town coat of arms was added as the last one. Today, the Old Town Hall houses the town's citizens' service, the registration office, the trade office and the lost property office. Our way leads us via Burgstraße to Obere Burgstraße along old town houses.

Burgstrasse 1, 06217 Merseburg

4 Crooked gate
After a short walk you will reach the Krumme Tor. The Krumme Tor (Crooked Gate) is part of the outer ring of walls of the fortifications on the Domhügel (Cathedral Hill), which were built in high medieval times, and consists of a gate tower and gate complex. The gate tower was converted to private residential use in 2006. Passing the Willi-Sitte-Gallery we reach the cathedral of Merseburg directly via the cathedral square.

Cathedral Street, 06217 Merseburg

5 Merseburg Cathedral
Due to its furnishings, Merseburg Cathedral of St. John and St. Lawrence is one of the most outstanding architectural monuments on the "Romanesque Road". The altar reredos, sculptures, epitaphs, paintings and manuscripts on display in the cathedral and cathedral treasury, including the famous Merseburg spells, are of particular cultural and historical significance. The romantic Ladegast organ offers a special kind of sound experience.

Cathedral Square 7, 06217 Merseburg

6 Merseburg Castle with Museum of Cultural History
Directly adjacent to the cathedral is the mighty castle complex. This can be traced back to the lively building activity of Bishop Thilo von Trotha. After the demolition of the previous building from the 13th century, he began with a new construction of the castle, which was partly changed and extended by his successors. Noteworthy: armorial panels, portals, oriels from the late Gothic and Renaissance periods. In addition to the Cultural History Museum, the Saale District Administration and the District Music School are located in the castle.

Cathedral square 9, 06217 Merseburg

7 Raven cage - Merseburg raven saga
The stone raven cage in the castle courtyard keeps alive the well-known raven legend linked to Bishop Thilo von Trotha. According to the legend, Bishop Thilo von Trotha, who ruled Merseburg in the 15th century, had his faithful servant executed because he was suspected of having stolen a valuable ring from his master. After a long time, the ring was discovered in a raven's nest during roof work on Merseburg Castle. As a reminder never to judge in a fit of temper, Thilo von Trotha had a raven taken prisoner. Out of remorse he changed his family coat of arms and adopted a raven with a golden ring in its beak into his shield. A pair of ravens still lives in Merseburg Castle today.

Cathedral Square, 06217 Merseburg

8 Castle garden with castle garden salon
Between the palace and the palace garden salon lies the palace garden. Originally laid out as a baroque pleasure garden, it was later landscaped by Peter Joseph Lenné and was redesigned in a formal style in 1968. The well-kept grounds offer charming views of the cathedral, castle and Saale. About 200 metres along the Oberaltenburg past the Obere Wasserkunst (Upper Waterworks) you reach the Peterskloster (St. Peter's Monastery).

Oberaltenburg, 06217 Merseburg

9 St. Peter's Monastery
The monastery was founded before 1073 and with its history of over 1200 years is considered the nucleus of the city of Merseburg and has great significance for the history of the city and its surrounding area. After decades of vacancy, vandalism and failed attempts at use, the valuable building was in a catastrophic condition. Today, the non-profit association Förderkreis Klosterbauhütte is committed to preserving the monastery. On our way back along the Oberaltenburg we come to the Ständehaus.

Monastery 10, 06217 Merseburg

10 Merseburg House of Estates
Today's Congress and Cultural Centre Ständehaus Merseburg is firmly rooted in the city's democratic history. After the victory over Napoleon, the Final Act of the Congress of Vienna in 1815 stipulated that the Kingdom of Prussia also received parts of northern Saxony. From these, the Prussian Province of Saxony was founded with the administrative districts of Erfurt, Magdeburg and Merseburg, and Merseburg was designated as the place of assembly. On October 2, 1825, the first Provincial Diet took place in the Schlossgarten Salon. Finally, on 12 March 1892, the XIII Provincial Diet approved the offer of the city of Merseburg to build a new Ständehaus. A representative building was erected, the plenary hall of which was subsequently given a coffered ceiling and monumental paintings by Hugo Vogel. Since 3 October 2003, after extensive restoration, the Ständehaus has been used as a congress centre.
and cultural site has already made a name for itself throughout Germany. Back to the cathedral square past the cathedral and the European Romanesque Centre you reach the street Dompropstei.
On the left, a path leads through a narrow alley and you reach the Saale bridge via a staircase. From here you have an incomparable view over the Neumarkt. If you look to the left from the Saale bridge, you have an unobstructed view of the Mühleninsel.

Oberaltenburg 2, 06217 Merseburg

11 Neumarkt Church of St. Thomae
On the other side of the Saale is the Neumarktkirche St. Thomae, a gem on the Romanesque Road. The largely original Romanesque cross basilica was first mentioned in a document of Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa in 1188. The knotted column at the late Romanesque main portal is unique in central Germany. Inside, there is evidence of sacred contemporary art. The church is a pilgrims' hostel on the ecumenical pilgrimage route. Back over the bridge in the direction of Oelgrube, you come to the Kunsthaus Tiefer Keller on the right.

Neumarkt 10, 06217 Merseburg

12 Art house "Tiefer Keller
The Kunsthaus is the entrance to the historic vaulted cellars, which are part of the oldest part of the city and can be visited all year round. Artists design the vaults and thus create a connection between tangible art and
History. Above ground, the gallery awaits visitors with a variety of art exhibitions in a unique ambience.

Deep cellar 3, 06217 Merseburg
Sun. and Mon. closed
Tues. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 6 p.m,
Fri. 9.00 - 14.00, Sat. 10.00 - 14.00
Discover regional products for art lovers and gourmets in the Domgalerie shop!

At the end of the street you reach Burgstraße and end your tour opposite the town church at the Tourist Information Merseburg.
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Tourist Information Merseburg

Burgstrasse 5
06217 Merseburg
Phone: +49 3461 / 214170

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