The town of Bitterfeld-Wolfen, one of the largest in Saxony-Anhalt, is situated at the heart of the Goitzsche Nature Park approximately 30 km from the Bauhaus city of Dessau-Roßlau. But if your first thought now is mining machinery and coal, think again. Nowadays it is water rather than black gold that shapes the town. Accordingly, visitors won’t encounter soot and noise, but beaches and deckchairs instead.
Image: © Sebastian Berger -
Having been shaped by handicrafts and agriculture during the Middle Ages with its inhabitants consisting mostly of shoemakers, potters, and weavers, brewing their own beer, the area became a mining region in the 19th century after the discovery of large lignite deposits.
With the incorporation of an Agfa film manufacturer, the former village of Wolfen developed into a town of chemical industry at the beginning of the 20th century. Had the history of Bitterfeld-Wolfen been tightly connected to the industrialization of Central Germany up to the 1990s, the consequences of the Turn and the complete break-down of large companies brought about a remarkable structural change - away from an ecologically damaged region, towards a recreational landscape. Flooding the former lignite mining area, the Goitzsche, gave birth to a lake scenery with a lakeside promenade, a harbor, the gauge tower, and several beaches. A paradise for water sport enthusiasts, cyclists, hikers, and families. Extensive footpaths and cycling trails around the city are inviting visitors to go on a walk or a bike tour. Fuhneaue is a popular recreational area. The landscape conservation area is a treasure of diverse plant and animal life.
Climbing the Bitterfelder Bogen will earn you a fantastic view over the town and the lake scenery. The town hall in Wolfen, symbol of transformation and re-dedication, is well worth a visit: Instead of a typical town hall in the representative renaissance style, the visitor will come upon the redeveloped building 041 of the late Agfa plants.
Allow yourself to be amazed by the transformation of this region. We are looking forward to your visit.
Opening hours of the tourist information
Easter through October
Tue – Fri 10am – 5pm
Sat 1pm – 6pm
Sun, holidays 1pm – 5pm
November through Easter
Tue – Fri 10am – 5pm
Sat 1pm – 6pm
Getting there by bike
Coal Steam Light Adventure Route
Berlin – Leipzig Bike Path
Mulde River Cycle Route
Getting there by public transport
Railway junction Berlin – Halle, Leipzig – Dessau
Bitterfeld train station
Getting there by car
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