Even from far away, Wurzens silhouette is dominated by the towers of St. Mary's Cathedral, the former bishop's palace.
Even from a distance, the silhouette of the town is dominated by the towers of the Cathedral of St. Mary, the former bishop's castle, the late-Gothic St. Wenceslai Town Church, and the modern, imposing towers of the former Krietschmühle. The historic centre of Wurzen, with its preservation-worthy city centre, has a high show value. Visitors are constantly encountering Renaissance and Baroque buildings, which create their own flair alongside younger residential and commercial buildings with rich Art Nouveau façades. Numerous contemporary witnesses, such as the Museum of Cultural History with the most important permanent exhibition on the life and works of Joachim Ringelnatz in Germany, are still preserved thanks to extensive renovations. As one of the oldest towns in the Free State of Saxony, the historic city celebrated its 1,050th anniversary in 2011, following its first documentary mention in the year 961.
The Cathedral of St. Mary, consecrated in 1,114, is one of five Saxon cathedrals and boasts the oldest building structure of all the cathedrals in Saxony. Together with the Wurzen Castle, it was the residence of the bishops of Meissen from 1497 to 1581. The Cathedral of St. Mary is now used for religious services, weddings and nationally-broadcast concerts.
The "Ringelnatz Path", the revived ecumenical "Way of St. James" (Via Regia) and the Luther Trail Saxony, which was inaugurated in 2014, go through the Mulde town. In addition to these hiking trails, there are a number of beautiful cycle routes meandering through the idyllic Wurzen countryside. This is characterised by gently rolling natural landscapes, extensive protected forests and wide riverine meadows, in which many rare plant and animal species have settled. Conservationists keep watch over the habitats of otters, beavers, honey buzzards, white-tailed eagles, crested newts or brook lampreys. Germany's oldest floral reserve is located in Wachtelberg near Wurzen. The true cowcuff, a rare plant species native to Central Europe, can be found here.
Read the brochure on the Ringelnatz Path.