IMMERSED IN HISTORY
This city is famous for its magical incantations, the “Zaubersprüche,” which must have already been in the library of Bishop Tietmar von Merseburg in 1015 – these are the oldest Old High German writings with pagan content. There is always something happening at the Merseburg Castle, a building erected in the Renaissance era.
Heilbad Bad Kösen
This spa and vineyard town has referred to itself as a “Salt Bath” (Solbad) since 1859 and has been a source of salt since as early as the 17th century. The historical saltworks are monuments to the technical prowess of the town’s engineers, and the salt content of the air still has a curative effect. Germany’s best-known doll-maker, the pioneering Käthe Kruse, lived and worked in Bad Kösen from 1912 to 1950, and her legacy is maintained to this day by the local makers of dolls and stuffed animals, Kösener Spielzeug Manufaktur GmbH. An especially memorable sight is the view into the Saale River Valley from the fortresses at Rudelsburg and Saaleck.
Part of Naumburg, the state school known as Landesschule Pforta has been a boarding school for especially gifted pupils since 1543. Around 300 young people now live and learn in the former Cistercian monastery, built in 1137. Alumni include Nietzsche, Fichte, Möbius, and Ranke. The state vineyard belonging to the school has produced astonishing vintages and is now in its 850th year.