"A Town of Two Churches" Naumburg by antistar
Naumburg Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 111 photos
I ended up in Naumburg because the HRS booking system had messed up my hotel in Leipzig for the Games Convention, and with only 24 hours before the big Messe there was no chance of getting anything central. So rather than sit in a boring suburb 18km from the center, I decided to take a trip to the nearby town of Naumburg, and jet in on the superfast ICE for the day. With a journey time of only 30 minutes, it worked out quicker and easier than an 18km trip by tram and cheaper than a taxi.
Naumburg itself is a beautiful and underrated town. It used to be a favourite holiday spot for Germans, who rated it as one of the most beautiful towns in the country, but then it fell into obscurity behind the iron curtain, like a lot of the towns and cities in this region. It's brushed up well since re-unification, and its principle charms remain intact. The town also enjoys the added advantage of escaping a lot of the post-war rebuilding that spoiled a number of similar towns in the West.
The two key sights in Naumburg are its two churches. The most impressive of the two is actually a magnificent Cathedral, but was relegated to the status of a Parish church for the last half a millennia because of political and ecclesiastical wrangling. It is a huge relative to the size of the town around it, and its extravagant and varied architecture shows off its status as one of Germany's premier cathedrals: a status that it was built to achieve.
The second of the two churches is not quite as impressive, but built with the express purpose of dominating the town all the same. The Stadtkirche St Wenzel was the citizens answer to the bishopric's cathedral, and you can see from its imposing nature how it was intended to compete with the nearby Dom. It sits just behind the Marketplace, towering over its open spaces and the Town Hall below. This allows a much clearer view of its grandness than the cathedral with its huddle of buildings below.
The town was also home to one of philosophy's greatest thinkers, Nietzsche.
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