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City Breaks: Muehlhausen
In Muehlhausen you
listen to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach,
climb the town wall with your children.
You find the Gothic arches of the Muehlhausen churches on one of the landmarks of New York: 50 young Muehlhausen citizens emigrated to the USA in 1831, amongst them the engineer Johann August Roebling. Johann August Roebling, followed by his son Washington Roebling and finally by his daughter in law Emily Warren Roebling, designed and built New York's Brooklyn Bridge.
You can buy a map of Muehlhausen and surroundings, including hiking and cycling trails, posted by German booksellers.
Following Muehlhausen's main shopping street Steinweg, you stroll across the pedestrian zone of the historical town center, starting at the Allerheiligen church on Markt square and passing the Marien church. For the sights, you turn into the side streets.
On your way shops, cafes and restaurants invite you to stay.
Historical Town Center
Muehlhausen was once an important free imperial town and part of the Hansa alliance.
You get the best view on the medieval town center from the 13th century town wall
Between the Frauentor gate and the Rabenturm tower you can walk * on top of the town wall, climb the defense towers and visit the pavillions, where in the Baroque period Muehlhausen citizens spent the summer.
9 of 17 medieval churches and chapels have been preserved.
Two churches dominate the town, both built at the same time by the German Order of Knighthood: The Divii Blasii church was built next to a Romanesque building, the Marien church was erected at the site of an older Romanesque church - all in Gothic style.
The citizens of Muehlhausen chose Thomas Muentzer as the pastor of the Marien church. Here, in 1525, he presented the Rainbow Flag to the citizens as a "sign of eternal alliance". The Rainbow Flag became the symbol of the peasants' uprising. And here, in the same year, the victorious territorial princes celebrated a mass.
In the Kornmarkt-Kirche, a cloister church erected around 1300, you find an exhibition on the Peasants' War.
Not far from Kornmarkt, the gothic town hall was erected in the early 14th century. On weekends you can visit the Grosse Ratstube - the councillors' room where in 1525 the revolutionary "Eternal Council" met.
Next to the town hall the Muehlhausen Tourist Information offers themed guided tours.
The 19th century synagogue is showing an exhibition on the history of Jews in Muehlhausen.
The Baroque interior of the Gothic Allerheiligen church is worth seeing: You can visit changing exhibitions and events in the church.
*The climb to walk on top of the town wall is usually open from May to October, Tuesday to Sunday. Please check with the Tourist Information.
You relax in the Muehlhausen Thueringen Thermal Bath: Here you find swimming and wave pools, sauna, whirlpools, a waterfall, water-jet massage, a 246 foot long water slide, bikini bar and restaurant.
On the Schwanenteich - the swan pond - not far from the Popperoder springs you can rent a boat and feed the swans. Or you relax in the open air swimming pool nearby.
From the Middle of March to the End of April you can go to the Muehlhausen concerts of the Thuringian Bach Weeks.
The Puschkin house offers cabaret and concerts.
Surroundings, Hiking Trails, Bicycle Tours
The Muehlhausen Tourist Information offers guided hiking tours through the extensive Muehlhausen town forest and Hainich National Park.
You are permitted to cycle across Hainich National Park on the hiking trails from Muehlhausen via Kammerforst to Berka vor dem Hainich.
9 miles northeast of Muehlhausen in Volkenroda near Koerner, direction Schlotheim, you find a Romanesque basilica of a Cistercian cloister founded in 1131, next to a modern church pavillon from the Expo 2000 exhibition. Nowadays the monastery produces ecological agricultural goods. You can go for a walk in nearby Volkenroda Forest.
You can buy German Language Hainich Hiking and Cycling Guides posted by German booksellers.
For Children and Parents
Muehlhausens museums offer special events and guided tours for groups of children: handicrafts and sowing in historical styles, town wall tours, a visit in a tannery and much more.
The Hainich National Park Administration offers nature discovery tours for school classes and youth groups.
The water slide of the Muehlhausen thermal bath is 246 foot long.
On the swan pond you find a boat rental and a swimming pool.
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