Stage 9 : Impressive cross-cultural travel

Stage 9 : Impressive cross-cultural travel.

CENTRAL ROUTE

Stage 9/24 - 320 kms


0 km   Erfurt

24 kms Weimar

22 kms Jena

86 kms Leipzig

70 Kms Dessau

58 Kms Bad Belzig

60 kms Potsdam

carte Erfurt a Postdam

A cross-cultural travel in Erfurt: a welcome visitors city

Have a cross-cultural travel in Erfurt, which presents a medieval charm by combining joy of life and warm welcome. Located at the crossroads of former German and European trade routes, Thuringia’s regional capital has always been popular with famous intellectuals. Thanks to its autonomy, the city is at the centre of innovation and always draws visitors from all over the world.

Weimar : welcome to discover its historical site

Weimar is known as being the city of Goethe and of Schiller in Thuringia. It is a small town but many visitors come to discover one of Germany’s most historical sites. The best thing to do is go on a guided tour through the town, as most of the buildings have their own particularity.

Bauhaus and its sites in Weimar and Dessau

Between 1919 and 1933, the Bauhaus school, initially in Weimar then in Dessau, revolutionised architectural and aesthetic concepts and practices. The buildings built and decorated by the school’s teachers namely Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Wassily Kandinsky who launched the Modern Movement, which inspired the entire architecture of the 20th century.

Jena : an innovative and modern city

LENA (JENA) - Germany

LENA (JENA) - Germany © autofocus67 - Fotolia.com

Known for its companies such as Schott Glas and Zeiss, Jena offers an outstanding combination of industrial and intellectual heritage. Research, innovation and the universities represent the city’s foundations. The city of Jena means also research and international innovative industry. This rich variety creates a unique setting which gives its charm to this small lively town.

Leipzig : era of the Roman Empire

Leipzig is one of the two largest cities in the German federal state of Saxony, located approximately 200 km south of Berlin. Leipzig has always been a trading city, situated, in the era of the Holy Roman Empire, at the intersection of the Via Regia and Via Imperii, two major trade routes. In the second half of the 19th century, the city of Leipzig became Germany’s forerunner of industrialisation. Industrial architecture of the late 19th century has become one of the city’s attractions.

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Dessau : a cross-cultural city

DESSAU - Germany

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Dessau, once capital of the Free State of Anhalt, lies at the intersection of the Mulde with the Elbe. Anhalt’s princes encouraged literature and arts, and the city developed into an important cultural centre. The Bauhaus, the 20th century’s most famous school of design, was founded in Dessau from 1925 until its closure in 1932. The main sights of Bauhaus are found to the west of the Central station, all within walking distance. The city centre is located in the south, at approximately 15 minutes on foot. The pedestrian area Zerbster Strasse is the main road, leading to the Square, the Town Hall and the Rathaus-Centre commercial centre.

Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz (about 20 km from Dessau)

The garden kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz is an exceptional example of landscape design and town planning of the Age of the Enlightenment, the 18th century. Its outstanding buildings, landscaped parks and English-style gardens serve, in an exemplary manner, aesthetic, educational, and economic purposes.

Luther M emorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg (about 30 km from Dessau)

The Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg bear witness to the Protestant Reformation. These two towns of former Eastern Germany are closely related to the lives of Martin Luther and Melanchton, his fellow countryman reformer. The site includes the houses in Eisleben where Luther was born in 1483 and died in 1546. Luther posted his famous “95 Theses”, which launched the Reformation and a new era in the western world’s religious and political history.

Discovering Bad Belzig : spa resort

BAD BELZIG - Germany

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Bad Belzig, also known as Belzig, is a historic town in Brandenburg, Germany, located about 70 km southwest of Berlin. It is the capital of the Potsdam-Mittelmark district. The town’s main attractions are the medieval Eisenhardt castle and the spa resort. Bad Belzing also has a picturesque historic town centre with the town hall and the market place standing right in the town’s centre. Places of interest include the Glien Manor in the village of Hagelberg and the windmill in Borne. There is also a sculpture ensemble to discover during walks, from Bad Belzing heading towards Wiesenburg.

Potsdam : a very popular travel destination

POTSDAM - Germany

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Potsdam is certainly one of Germany’s loveliest cities. Nestled in a charming cultural landscape consisting of historical palaces and gardens, Potsdam is included on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites since 1990. Capital of the State of Brandeburg, it is a travel destination, suitable for all types of interests and requirements.

 

Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin

The group of palaces and parks of Potsdam is an outstanding artistic achievement with a unique character. From Knobelsdorff to Shinkel and from Eyserbeck to Lenné, a series of architectural and landscaped masterpieces were built within a single space, illustrating styles deemed incompatible without disrupting the harmony of a general composition, designed progressively over time. Potsdam, in the 10th century, obtained some importance when the Great Elector of Brandenburg, Frederick-William set up his residence there. Potsdam housed a small garrison and the site’s military function was strengthened by the young Prussian monarchy.

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