NaumburgSaxony-Anhalt, perhaps best known for its cathedral, which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2018.
However, Naumburg is not a university city, so don't expect too many people to speak English.
By planeClosest airport is Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) , sometimes called Schkeuditz Airport, is 22 km northwest of central Leipzig. Trains run between the airport and Leipzig Hbf every 30 minutes; the trip takes 14 or 18 minutes and costs €4.20. Then you change to a train to Naumburg, which recently got connected to the Leipzig railway network. When arriving at the main station from the airport you have to go up the stairs for connecting services.
By carA9, running from Munich to Berlin, has an exit "Naumburg", however it still 15km to the city centre.
Naumburg (Saale) HbfThe main train station.
Since the completion of the Leipzig/Halle–Erfurt high-speed route that bypasses Naumburg, intercity trains only call a few times per day: There is one ICE high-speed train from Hamburg (4 hrs) and Berlin (2 hrs) in the evening and regular intercity trains from Düsseldorf (5,5 hrs) via Kassel (2:15) and from Stuttgart (5,5 hrs) via Nuremberg (3 hrs), each 1–2 times a day.
Otherwise, you will have to change from intercity to regional trains in Halle, Erfurt or Leipzig. From each of these cities there is hourly service with "regional express" trains, taking between 35 (Halle) and 50 minutes (Leipzig).
All the inner city is in walkable distance. For trips to nearby Freyburg, Schulpforte or Bad Kösen try to catch a bus or more comfortable a taxi; if you are fit, a bicycle also does it.
phone: +49 3445 2301-120address: Domplatz 16Naumburg Cathedral is one of the major cathedrals of the Central European Middle Ages and a top attraction on the "Romanesque Street" in Saxony-Anhalt. The unique pieces of art in the western choir, the donator characters/Stifterfiguren show margravine Uta, one of the "most beautiful women of medieval times" and her anonymous creator, the "Master of Naumburg". Furthermore you can find the oldest stone sculpture of Saint Elisabeth of Thuringia, modern windows created by Neo Rauch with scenes from her live, and wings of the altar designed by Lucas Cranach.
phone: +49 3445 201638address: Weingarten 18The house in which the famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche spent his childhood and youth. Today it holds an exhibition about his life and work.
phone: +49 3643 418888address: Schulstraße 22, 06628 Naumburg OT SchulpforteSee the boarding school of famous alumni portense: poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724 - 1803), philosopher Johann Gottlieb (1762 - 1814), mathematician August Ferdinand Möbius (1790 - 1868), historian Leopold von Ranke (1795 - 1886), Egyptologue Richard Lepsius (1810 - 1884) or philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900). It has been a boarding school with humanistic origins since 1543. Now, a boarding home for 300 pupils from all over Germany and subsidized by the state Saxony-Anhalt. Several German movies like "Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer" were shot there. See the church of the monastery, the nice park behind and stroll through connected building of the school, but don't try to open doors. There will be classes going on.
Großjenaer BlütengrundBeautiful landscape right at the confluence of rivers Saale and Unstrut, with a small ferry (only for pedestrians and bicycles) powered by the natural flow energy of the river, vineyards, Baroque rock reliefs depicting scenes from the Bible called the "stone picture book", and the villa of the artist Max Klinger, who described this area as a "Toscana of the North". There is a campsite and kayak/canoe jetty and rental.
Bicycle tourRent bicycles and take a tour along the Saale to Schönburg (5 km) or Bad Kösen (7 km) via Schulpforte or along the Unstrut to Freyburg (9 km).
Canoe tourRent a canoe or kayak and paddle down the Saale
Wine tastingIt's a wine region. Many vinegrowers offer tastings, some even include food
Weinmeileliterally translates as "wine mile", a local festival on the Pentecost weekend (50 days after Easter). Along the 5km track between Bad Kösen and Rossbach around 40 winegrowers open their yards and sell food and wine. There is plenty of opportunity to discover all different varities of Saale-Unstrut wines. There is also a shuttle bus between the two starting points and train connections run from Naumburg.
Geo-Nature Park Saale-Unstrut-TriaslandThis nature park encompasses the entire Saale-Unstrut region. An instructive vineyard, the Herzoglicher Weinberg (Duke’s Vineyard) near Freyburg, is also operated by the park.
phone: +49 34464 340address: Sektkellereistraße 5, 06632 FreyburgWell-known sparkling wine producer in Germany. Offers tours and tastings.
phone: +49 34463 26121address: Schulstraße 12, 06628 Naumburg OT SchulpforteThe most renowned wine producer.
phone: +49 3445-26 16 397address: Markt 1Serves typical German food. They also brew their own beer.
phone: +49 15233882745address: Steinweg 26/27This restaurant and wine bar professes to serve "contemporary fare with a regional accent".
phone: +493445230943address: Engelgasse 1local bar, try B52 shot
Hotel Stadt Aachenphone: +49 3445 261060address: Markt 11
phone: +49 3445 7390address: Friedensstraße 6
phone: +49 3445 2440address: Bahnhofstraße 35-37
phone: +49 3445-791 20 51address: Steinweg 26
- Bad Kösen, 7 km west, brine well and health resort
- Rudelsburg, 11 km southwest (another 4 km from Bad Kösen), romantic ruined castle from the 12th century, considered one of the most beautiful castles on the Saale and was idealised by artists and poets. Just across a valley is the similar Saaleck Castle.
- Goseck, 9 km northeast, neolithic circular enclosure with a reconstructed wooden pallisade, that was probably used as an early solar observatory and calendar, sometimes compared to Stonehenge. Moreover there is a medieval castle-turned-monastery.
- Freyburg, 10 km north, is the heartland of the Saale-Unstrut wine region, home to the Rotkäppchen sparkling wine factory incl. museum and the home city of "Turnvater" Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, who made gymnastics and sports popular in the 19th century. Another sight is the high-medieval Neuenburg Castle on a hilltop above the town. Naumburg and Freyburg are linked by the Unstrut cycle path.
- Eckartsburg in Eckarstsberga, 20 km west, well-preserved Romanesque hilltop castle
- Nebra Ark Visitor Centre, 33 km northwest, finding place of the precious bronze sky disk from 3000 BC. On the Unstrut cycle trail beyond Freyburg.
- Memleben, 35 km northwest (another 5 km from Nebra), early medieval power center, the site of the lost imperial palace is yet to be identified, the remains of the monumental Romanesque abbey can however be visited as well as a museum informing about the history of the place.
- Merseburg, 30 km north, more than thousand-year-old town with interesting old centre, Romanesque/Gothic cathedral and Renaissance palace (c. 25 minutes by train)
- Jena, 33 km south, university city and research centre, picturesque old town and modern high-tech industries (half hour by train)
- Weimar, 50 km southwest, Germany's "classical city", where several poets, philosophers and artists of the classical era lived and worked, is half an hour away by train.
- Halle, about 50 km north. Has some great things to see. Largest city in Saxony-Anhalt, birthplace of George Frideric Handel and has a few castles (35–40 minutes by train).
- Leipzig, 60 km northeast, trade city and cultural metropolis, "boom town" of Eastern Germany (45–50 minutes by train).
- Erfurt, 75 km southwest, state capital of Thuringia, medieval old city (45–50 minutes by train).