Enchantingly framed by the Elbe-Elster lowlands and the wooded Annaburg Heath, the small town of Annaburg lies approximately 35 km south-east of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. It is the most easterly town of Saxony-Anhalt. The large 16th century Renaissance-style Annaburg Castle, the stately town square with its lovely timber-framed houses, the porcelain museum, and so much more await visitors.
Image: Annaburg Castle © Anja Liebig - Stadt Annaburg
The town of Annaburg looks back on a long history which has its origin in a 13th century hunting lodge. The site, and in later years the town growing around the lodge, were called Lochau up to the 16th century. Frederick the Wise of Saxony, who supported the work of Martin Luther by granting his protection, died here in 1525. The town of Annaburg owes its present name to the electress Anna, known also as Mother Anna.
Today, Annaburg consists of several districts, some of which have been populated for over 1000 years. The eponymous castle, the impressive buildings and timber-framed houses around the town square rank among the highlights of the town. The museum with exhibitions on the town’s history is situated at the town hall right on the town square. Visits to the Annaburg Porcelain Museum and the Samendarre are also recommended.
Day trippers setting out to explore the lovely surrounding nature by bike or on foot may choose from numerous options. Built-out cycling paths, coming in from Wittenberg via Mauken, lead straight to the tourist information center in Prettin. The Strandklause, a lakeside bar, invites you in for a break. The town wall surrounding the 1050 year-old town of Prettin as well as the Romanesque church of the Lichtenburg Castle with its five exhibition complexes are worth a visit. Located at the Prettin Castle is also the memorial site of the Lichtenburg concentration camp. Well worth seeing is also the Axien church with interior paintings dating back to the 12th century.
Various circular routes lead to the Weinberg stud, to St. Hedwig Church at Hohndorf, or through the nearby forest. If you plan on staying a little longer in this beautiful area, you can pitch a tent on the near camping site.
In order to hear exciting stories about the town of Annaburg-Prettin and interesting notes on the significance of the buildings, it is well worth booking a guided tour.
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For friends of ecclesiastical buildings the churches Axien, Labrun, Lebien and Prettin are worth a visit.
Get outdoors and bike your way into the region’s natural beauty with its picturesque meadows and forests, by using the Elbe Cycle Route to Prettin and the Elbe-Elster- Cycle Path to get to Annaburg.
The best way to explore the beautiful seascape of Prettin is to use the wide range of outdoor activities, such as fishing, bowling, playing volleyball, going on a lovely pedal boat tour, playing minigolf and much more.
Markt Annaburg mit Stifelbrunnen
Schloss Lichtenburg Prettin