Situated at the periphery of the Düben Heath about 25 km south of Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Dessau-Roßlau of Bauhaus fame, Gräfenhainichen is the birth place of the notable Protestant hymnodist Paul Gerhardt. Follow the great poet’s tracks in Gräfenhainichen, feel the heartbeat of the industrial age in near-by Ferropolis on a peninsula right on the Gremmin lake.
Image: © Marit Schaller - Tourist-Information Gräfenhainichen
Paul Gerhardt was born in Gräfenhainichen in 1607. His childhood, just like the fate of his native town, was shaped by the Thirty Years‘ War. The town of Gräfenhainichen was almost completely destroyed. But like its most famous son, the town itself recovered. The rubble was removed, the buildings rebuilt. It is due to this persistent construction activity that the town today has an attractive historic town center. In addition, the Paul Gerhardt Memorial, the Protestant City Church of St. Marien, the museum of old letterpress machines, as well as a historic smithery and forging shop dating back to 1891 with a general store, guarantee an interesting stay.
At the edge of the town lies the above mentioned Ferropolis, the „city of iron“. With its five gigantic bucket-wheel excavators, Ferropolis is an absolutely unique, vivid open-air museum; a walk-up on the giant industrial machine „Gemini” is an example of how it offers a tangible encounter with industrial history. The „city of iron” is part of the tourist adventure trail COAL | STEAM | LIGHT | LAKES, commemorating the large-scale industrial exploitation of the landscape in the past. It is safe to say that an eventful history awaits discovery in and around Gräfenhainichen.
We are looking forward to your visit!
Opening hours of the tourist information
October through March:
Mon – Fri 9am – 12am
Tue – Wed 1:30pm – 4pm
Thu 1:30pm - 6pm
April through September:
Mon – Sat 9am – 12am
Tue, Wed, Fri 1:30pm – 4pm
Thu 1:30pm – 6pm
Getting there by bike
Adventure route COAL | STEAM | LIGHT
Getting there by public transport
RB from Wittenberg to Hall or Bitterfeld
RB from Leipzig or Halle to Wittenberg
Getting there by car
A9 Berlin – Munich, Exit Dessau-Ost – B107 in the direction of Oranienbaum-Wörlitz
B2 from Wittenberg to Eutzsch – B100 to Pouch/Bitterfeld-Wolfen
A visit to the "iron city" FERROPOLIS will guide you to a former open-cast mine of Golpa-Nord where once brown coal has been extracted by amazingly giant shovels. Today, FERROPOLIS is an open-air museum with highly impressive industrial relics such as five gigantic bucket-wheel excavators and at […]
Set into a remodeled drainage shaft, the original and nicely decorated restaurant „Schacht Barbara“ provides an insight into the region’s mining history while eating some lovely food.
The Paul Gerhardt Chapel, a more than 180-year-old Classicist building, was erected in honor of the important Protestant hymnist Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676) in his birthplace Gräfenhainichen.
The old Locksmithery by August Reinhard gives an insight into the work as a locksmith during the last century. The early pedal powered machines, the old forging furnace and other human powered tools are really worth to see. A Colonial Goods Shop shows what life was like in the early 1900s.
Ev. Stadtkirche St. Marien Gräfenhainichen
Historische Bauschlosserei und Schmiedewerkstatt Gräfenhainichen
Paul-Gerhardt-Haus mit Denkmal Gräfenhainichen