Gräfenhainichen Small Town, Great Diversion

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

Tourist Information Gräfenhainichen

August-Bebel-Straße 24
06773 Gräfenhainichen

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Contact

Tel.  034953 - 257620

Fax. 034953 - 257619

Online Service

touristinformation@graefenhainichen.de
www.graefenhainichen.de

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© Marit Schaller - Stadt Gräfenhainichen

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© Marit Schaller - Stadt Gräfenhainichen

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© Stefan Flad

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© Marit Schaller - Stadt 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
Euroroute R1

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


GräfenhainichenHighlights & Recommendations

FERROPOLIS The “city of iron“

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 […]

Erlebnisgastronomie im Schacht Barbara Great gastronomic experience!

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.

Restaurant „Schacht Barbara“ Great gastronomic experience!

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.

Life & work of Paul Gerhardt Guided tour of the Paul-Gerhardt Chapel with permanent exhibition

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.

Führung durch die Historische Bauschlosserei und Schmiedewerkstatt

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.

Guided tour of The Locksmith and Smithy Museum

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.

Attractions
in Gräfenhainichen


Buchdruckmuseum Gräfenhainichen

Ev. Stadtkirche St. Marien Gräfenhainichen

Ferropolis- Die Stadt aus Eisen

Historische Bauschlosserei und Schmiedewerkstatt Gräfenhainichen

Holzskulpturenwiese Tornau

Köhlerei Eisenhammer

Paul-Gerhardt-Haus mit Denkmal Gräfenhainichen

Paul-Gerhardt-Kapelle Gräfenhainichen

Schacht Barbara

Steinbruch Möhlau