Small town Christmas market in Grimma

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Railway station Grimma

I had never been in Grimma before and when I heard it has a Christmas market I decided to give it a try. I hopped on the regional train from Dresden to Leipzig, changed to a regional train and after all in all almost 2:30 h I arrived in Grimma. Quite a long ride for the relatively short distance, result of the backtracking from Leipzig - too bad Deutsche Bahn had abandoned the trains between Meißen and Döbeln, which ran farther to Grimma ... Anyway, from the train station I walked through a park - with a relic of a Soviet Army monument, the tank that once stood on top was removed - down to the old town, passing another monument, this one for a hussar regiment that was stationed in town, erected in 1922.

park near the railway station
Just before I reached the old town there was a little park on the right side, with little lake, benches etc. and probably a favourite place of the locals in summer.

When I entered the quaint old town I saw one of the landmarks right away: Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), the medieval main parish church of Grimma. The western facade with the towers was obviously Romanesque style, the naves and choir were built in Gothic style. Fortunately the church was open and I went inside. It was impressive, although not very large, but had a sort of archaic ambience - bare, no frescoes or other decoration, pure architecture. Just a few pieces of art inside, like a stunning woodcarved altar, a crucifixion scene, baptismal font, Neo-gothic stained-glass windows.

The townhouses around the church were also of medieval origin, some as old as 13th/14th century.
Monument for the hussar regiment
I zig-zagged through the old town, started at the rather lively main street Lange Strasse with shops, pharmacy with long tradition, restaurants, then took a small alley right and passed a former medieval monastery church, now turned into a concert hall, then walked by the famous Gymnasium (High School). Finally I arrived at the Markt square where the Christmas market was held. Frankly, I was a bit disappointed with the market, there were maybe 20 or so stalls, only 4 or 5 sold christmassy things, the others were food stalls. Yep, there was a stage - probably with a show or live music or Santa visiting later in the evening - and I also saw a (small) pyramid, but that's was it. I was hungry by now, so I bought a Bratwurst and had a Glühwein (mulled wine) - both super cheap, the Bratwurst very tasty, the Glühwein just ok - and also bought a souvenir - delicious hand-made chocolate from Grimma.
view toward the old town


There were several remarkable old buildings around the Markt square, mostly with Renaissance or Baroque facades, one of them owned by the publisher Göschen (some of his authors were Friedrich Schiller, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Christoph Martin Wieland and Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock). Very nice was the town hall, unfortunately I could only see the large entrance hall and the lobby upstairs with some Gothic/Renaissance architecture. I paid a short visit to the Tourist Information (helpful and friendly lady) which resided in a nice Baroque house, then walked to the former medieval castle, which was reconstructed and is now courthouse.

I finished my visit of Grimma with a visit of the county museum, located in a nice garden right by the Mulde river. The permanent exhibit covers all aspects of nature, architecture, life and commerce in Grimma and surroundings - relatively interesting, but not a *must*.
park near the old town
The highlight (for me) was the special exhibit on toys from the East German communist era, theme was "Indians", meaning the Wild West, cowboys and native Americans. I remembered vividly how I played with these toy figures, built "Forts" and "Indian villages" as a kid.

Totally exhausted I stopped in Cafe Florian on Grimma's main shopping street, run by Bakery and Pastry shop Wolf. Nice ambience. I had a piece of Stollen (just ok) - of course, in Advent season - and a piece of "South Tyrolean buckwheat cake", which was delicious, plus a glass of organic Darjeeling tea (good). The check was 9 Euro, quite expensive I though.

I hurried back uphill to the train station, barely caught the regional train, changed in Borsdorf (two stops before Leipzig main railway station) to another regional train and arrived in the dark in Dresden.

odiseya says:
Grimma looks nice! Great blog!
Posted on: Dec 08, 2017
planxty says:
You say you had never been to Grimma, I had never even heard of it! Fascinating blog.
Posted on: Dec 07, 2017
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Railway station Grimma
Railway station Grimma
park near the railway station
park near the railway station
Monument for the hussar regiment
Monument for the hussar regiment
view toward the old town
view toward the old town
park near the old town
park near the old town
park near the old town
park near the old town
distance column
distance column
Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
main altar of Frauenkirche (Church…
main altar of Frauenkirche (Churc…
old school for boys (built 1530)
old school for boys (built 1530)
one of the oldest houses built of …
one of the oldest houses built of…
Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
Lange Straße, main (shopping) str…
Lange Straße, main (shopping) st…
historic pharmacy in Lange Straße
historic pharmacy in Lange Straße
backside of the town hall
backside of the town hall
Christmas market
Christmas market
Christmas market
Christmas market
town hall
town hall
Christmas market
Christmas market
stage at Christmas market
stage at Christmas market
Christmas market
Christmas market
Christmas market
Christmas market
pyramid in front of the town hall
pyramid in front of the town hall
local chocolate (delicious!) and G…
local chocolate (delicious!) and …
Bratwurst and Glühwein
Bratwurst and Glühwein
entrance to the town hall
entrance to the town hall
ground floor of the town hall
ground floor of the town hall
upper floor of the town hall
upper floor of the town hall
the house of publisher Göschen
the house of publisher Göschen
Renaissance house at the Markt squ…
Renaissance house at the Markt sq…
Tourist Information in a Baroque h…
Tourist Information in a Baroque …
former castle, now courthouse
former castle, now courthouse
entrance to the county museum
entrance to the county museum
county museum
county museum
county museum, special exhibit
county museum, special exhibit
county museum, special exhibit
county museum, special exhibit
county museum, special exhibit
county museum, special exhibit
county museum, permanent exhibit (…
county museum, permanent exhibit …
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Couny museum, permanent exhibit
Lange Straße, Cafe Florian
Lange Straße, Cafe Florian
Cafe Florian
Cafe Florian
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