A wet day in Bautzen

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On one of the many towers (Lauenturm)- "The King Albert of Saxon- The thankful Bautzen"
I don't normally trust my memory with dates, so I write things down in a date book or store them on my phone's calendar.   Last month I'd found that a city in Germany (heading out towards Poland) had an Easter celebration that sounded really interesting.   There is a minority in Germany called Sorbs.  They are a Slavic minority that live in Upper Lusatia area of Germany.  The language is related more to Czech, but they are different languages. 

I'd checked the Bautzen website on Friday to see if they listed times for things, and to my surprise, there was nothing planned for the weekend at all.  I checked my datebook, and I'd written down that there was supposed to be something for this weekend.
Hauptmarkt and Rathaus (Main market and town hall)
  With that sense of "I missed it" foreboding, and a forecast that called for "some rain" (etwas Regen?  Was bedeutet das??), I decided to go anyway. 

At the train station- cue the 2nd hurdle.  I'd bought a Saxon ticket (good for a day's travel in Saxon, Saxony-Anhalt and Thurungia- all for only 20Euro).  Then I realized that the train pamphlet I'd picked up from the station a couple weeks earlier wasn't entirely right.  According to my pamphlet, trains run to Bautzen about ever half hour or 45 minutes.  I was waiting for more than an hour.  But a coffee and Tintenherz was a great help to pass the time. 

The train ride was okay, nothing special.  In Bautzen, finding the Altstadt wasn't all that hard.  It also helped that they had handy little signs in German and Sorbian that pointed the way.
Sign in German and Sorbian
  Finding the Altstadt empty of anything that looked like an Easter celebration, I knew I'd missed it.  Disappointed, I opted to make the best of it.  So I went into the Tourist Info center, got a map and a ticket for a walking tour.  I had about 45 minutes untili the tour, so I just walked around for a while.   In the meantime, cue the downpour.  It's fun watching the umbrella get turned inside out by the wind.  And me in my Killington sweatshirt.

It turned out to be a private tour!  Despite the occasional downpours (one complete with hail!), it was still nice to see the city, and hear about it's history and the Sorbian people.  And of course this was all in German.  Yay me!    The tour lasted about 90 minutes, and by the end I was done.  I headed into the Bautzner Senf-laden (Mustard Shop, Bautzen is famous for its mustard) and from there went back to the train station.

I'd like to go back and see more of Bautzen when it's drier and warmer.  Maybe, but there are other places to see...
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On one of the many towers (Lauentu…
On one of the many towers (Lauent…
Hauptmarkt and Rathaus (Main marke…
Hauptmarkt and Rathaus (Main mark…
Sign in German and Sorbian
Sign in German and Sorbian
To the old Post Office
To the old Post Office
on Reichenstrasse
on Reichenstrasse
Reichenturm
Reichenturm
Reichenturm
Reichenturm
another one of the towers
another one of the towers
St. Peters Cathedral.  It was spl…
St. Peter's Cathedral. It was sp…
outside of St. Peters
outside of St. Peter's
on Hauptmarkt
on Hauptmarkt
Hauptmarkt
Hauptmarkt
on the fountain
on the fountain
Reichenturm- yes, its leaning
Reichenturm- yes, it's leaning
Beer academy
Beer academy
Herring?  Just for the Monty Pytho…
Herring? Just for the Monty Pyth…
Directional signs in German and So…
Directional signs in German and S…
My souvenir from Bautzen.  Yummy!
My souvenir from Bautzen. Yummy!
Bautzen
photo by: AleksandraEa