Altenburger Land

Altenburger Land

At the three-state border of Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt lies the idyllic Altenburger Land. The region surrounding Altenburg, the town of playing cards, astounds its visitors with a diverse range of excursions and relaxing days at the heart of nature and culture.

The original villages and small towns can all be explored by bike on the narrow country roads. Cyclists can enjoy the region’s landscape on cycle paths and country lanes, through the forests, on the lakes and along the rivers. The fertile soil of Altenburger Land has made the local farmers very proud and prosperous, and they happily show off their success for all to see, with their impressive four-sided farmsteads. Local traditions are still lovingly maintained, so there is always something to discover in the many villages in their often romantic locations. The farmers’ gardens are an especially wonderful tradition, with astonishing splendour during the summer. Provisions can be bought directly from the producers at manors and farmyards.

The many ponds, the Pahna Reservoir and the impressive Lake Haselbach all provide the perfect conditions for water-lovers, anglers and sailors to enjoy some wet and wild leisure activities. A trip on the Coal Express is an extra special experience for young and old alike. The conversion of the former brown-coal and bismuth mining landscapes are an extremely interesting sight, as well as the location of the national garden show in 2007.

Schmölln Brauereiteich
Schmölln Brauereiteich

Cycle tour through the Altenburg fruit region

A tour for stronger cycling-enthusiasts. The hilly landscape to the west of Altenburg looks almost like Tuscany, with its original villages, the huge fruit farms and the meadow orchards. The pretty town of Schmölln, the numerous direct marketers and the cosy guesthouses are all worth a visit. This is a perfect route for anyone who loves fresh farm produce. Between Altenburg und Schmölln, you will follow the route of the Thuringia Town Cycle Trail.

Length: 66 km (with a shortcut between Altenburg and Mockern)

Track conditions: mainly along asphalted roads and paved cycle paths. Some unpaved cycle paths along the way.

Difficulty level: medium to hard

Route: Altenburg - Mockern - Saara - Schmölln - Nödenitzsch - Meucha - Prehna - Hartha - Lumpzig - Dobitschen - Oberkossa - Naundorf - Starkenberg - Posa - Großröda - Rositz - Kröbern - Lödla - Altenburg

1,000-year-old oak in Nöbdenitz

The “Thousand-year-old-oak” is considered to be the oldest common oak in Europe. It is not only a natural monument, but also a grave! Hans Wilhelm von Thümmel (1744 – 1824) chose the oak as his final resting place.

Address

1,000-year-old oak in Nöbdenitz
Dorfstraße
04626 Nöbdenitz
Phone: +49 3447 / 512800
www: www.altenburg-tourismus.de

Altenburg Nobitz Aviation World

Alongside the historical development of this airfield, numerous exhibits and complete aeroplanes such as the MiG-21 SPS and the Breguet BR1150 “Atlantic” are included in the exhibition. The museum can be found on the airfield grounds.

Address

Altenburg Nobitz Aviation World
Am Flugplatz 3
04603 Nobitz
Phone: +49 3447 / 515033
www: www.flugwelt-altenburg-nobitz.de

Friedenskirche Ponitz

Since 1574, this Renaissance castle has stood at the site of an old moated castle, not far from the village church, which was built in 1733. It houses a treasure of huge cultural significance. Between 1936 and 1937, Gottfried Silbermann created a masterpiece in organ construction. His organ, which immediately fascinated art- and music-lovers, is like a magnet, attracting visitors from far beyond the country’s borders.

Address

Friedenskirche Ponitz
Gößnitzer Straße 1
04639   Ponitz
Phone: +49 3764 / 4632
www: www.kirche-ponitz.de

Pahna recreation park

Pahna recreation park lies beside a 25-hectare lake at the heart of a natural woodland area. The lake provides ideal water conditions for all those who love swimming or diving. What’s more, there’s a whole host of leisure activities awaiting you: playing fields and sunbathing areas, barbecue areas, playgrounds, mini football pitches, fruit machines, campfires, fishing, bike hire, charabanc trips, smoke shacks and diving.

Address

Pahna recreation park
04617 Pahna
Phone: +49 34343 / 51914
www: www.camping-pahna.de

Posterstein Castle

The Posterstein Castle Museum was established in 1952. In the Baroque rooms, exhibitions are on display showing the history of the region, and you can even find a few well-known names, such as Thumbshirn, Seckendorff and Lindenau, as well as peasants, lords of the castle and pioneers of industrialisation. The tower platform offers fantastic views of Altenburger Land, whatever the weather.

Address

Posterstein Castle
Burgberg 1
04626 Posterstein
Phone: +49 34496 / 22595
www: www.burg-posterstein.de

Resurrektion Aurora

The former accompanying project to the national garden show combines the history and landscape of uranium-ore mining with art and poetry. The Löbichau shaft tower and the Beerwalde waste dump are the last landmarks of the Soviet-German mining company Wismut AG.

Address

Resurrektion Aurora
Beerwalder Str. 33
04626 Löbichau
Phone: +49 34496 / 22230
www: www.resurrektionaurora.de

Schmölln button museum and regional museum

Carrying a button in your trouser pocket is supposed to bring good luck. For over 100 years, buttons from Schmölln have been a global success. The museum documents the development of the Schmölln button industry and offers insights into the history of the town.

Address

Schmölln button museum and regional museum
Sprottenanger 2
04626  Schmölln
Phone: +49 34491 / 7692
www: www.schmoelln.de

The Meuselwitz – Regis-Breitingen coal railway

The 14 km line runs though the north-west of Altenburger Land, passing the Thuringia-Saxony border, towards Regis-Breitingen. From Meuselwitz the trip passes by am Auholz and Waldsee into the beautiful Schnaudertal. You can get on or off the train whenever you like. After a two-hour tour full of experiences, passengers arrive at the Meuselwitz cultural railway station.

Address

The Meuselwitz – Regis-Breitingen coal railway
Georgenstr. 46
04610 Meuselwitz
Phone: +49 3448 / 752550
www: www.kohlebahnen.de

The Sprotte water discovery trail

The little willow tree known as “Dickköpfchen” on the information boards will take you through the individual stations and show you all the features of the wildlife on, in and around the water The hiking trail is also ideal for cyclists.

Address

The Sprotte water discovery trail
04626 Posterstein
www: www.altenburg-tourismus.de

Kunst und Kräuterhof Posterstein
Kunst und Kräuterhof Posterstein

Informationen

Touristinformation

Altenburg / Altenburger Land

Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 14
04600 Altenburg
Germany

Phone +49 3447 / 512800
Fax +49 3447 / 5113417

E-mail: info@altenburg-tourismus.de
Web: www.altenburg-tourismus.de

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