History and sightseeing:
The settlement of the valley goes back to the younger
Stone Age. The town's foundation took place by Friedrich III of
Beichlingen at the end of the 12th/beginning of the 13th century.
The salt water springs have had a special importance for the
town's settlements. The prime time of the salt extraction was in the
One can visit the town fortification
(13th century), the Frankenhaeuser castle with its museum of
local history, the lower church (baroque), the ruins of the upper
church (Gothic) with Germany's most tilted tower, the Hausmann tower,
town houses (15-18th century), town hall (1834), Saint-Petri-church,
panorama museum, botanic garden.
Emperor Barbarossa and old castle buildings with a 116
meter deep well. The damm lake Kelbra. The Königspfalz
Tilleda, the center of the German millstone production;
huge orchards. The Barbarossa cave, biggest plaster cave
in Europe. The gliding field, open from April till October
on weekends and holidays. There are 8 sailplanes, one
motorglider, 2 double drum windlass, as well as one tug
plane "Wilga" at your disposal. The club offers
different sailing classes, sailplane training.
The monastery tower Göllingen, a
Romanesque tower with a triple aisled basilica, and a Romanesque
crypt. During the 10th century a Benedictine monastery was founded
there. Göllingen is situated at a 15 min. drive. Guided
tours (1 hr) are possible with appointment).
Arensburg Seega, former king's
castle, first mentioned in 1116. Remaining are the cellars
and a Romanesque arch. Seega is located at an approx.
15 min. drive. The castle lies further uptown, near the
health center, where you will find a deer park.
Rothenburg, a castle ruin from the 12th century (medieval
castle). Remaining are the wall rests of the old castle gate,
the chapel and palas. At the beginning of the 19th century,
the Bismarck-tower was built next to the castle ruins. The Rothenburg
is situated 3 kms from the Kyffhaeuser-monument and is always
open. Heldrungen with its nicely renovated castle built in water.
The TV-tower ("Fernsehturm") or to Udersleben.
Or how about hiking?
Starting point: Bad Frankenhausen or Kelbra. Length:
approx. 15 kms = about 4 hours of walking. A hiking trail
with the marks of a "blue cross" leads through
the Kyffhaeuser mountains. The trail goes through
the national parc Wilhelmsstieg, to the Kyffhaeuser castle.
Gradually, the Kyffhaeuser almost became a national place
of pilgrimage. The castle is a good place to go in the
lower Harz Mountains as one can learn a lot on the Middle
Ages, and in addition, have this wonderful view over the
"golden meadow". There is the possibility of
returning to the starting point by bus.
Photo: H. Kolbe
Largest "Bodenbild" (soil
picture) in Europe
Soil pictures at the Kyffhaeuser on itself for some
time make attentive. To the football world cup 2006 in
Germany there is a completely special picture.
Model railway Wiehe. Weimar. Erfurt. Nordhausen. Harz Mountains.
Sangershausen. Winzerreg. Freyburg. Sondershausen
Kyffhaeuser mountains run (April). Lilac celebration with election
of the lilac queen (May). Swimming gala at the salt water outdoor
pool (July). Summer celebration (July). Aviation party at the gliding
field Udersleben (August). Historial farmers' market (September).
Hangglider party at the gliding field Udersleben (October). Christmas
market (December). Traditional ice-swim at the salt water outdoor
Everywhere one goes, one finds evidence of old and young history.
Start out on a discovery or an educational trip through Kyffhaeuser
or Harz Mountains or the Golden Meadow, just as you wish. We'll help
you with recommendations.
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