Naumburg and surrounding

Naumburg (Saale) Travel Blog

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Naumburg Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul
Since we're always nosey to explore new (old) things we got up early to explore the near surrounding of Freyburg. This area is packed with so many castles, churches, cathedrals, monasteries etc. that you need several months to see it all. All we wanted is to see a bit more than a hotel room ;)

After a delicious and rich breakfast we grabbed our cameras and headed to Naumburg.

The first written record of Naumburg dates from 1012, when it was mentioned as the new castle of the Ekkehardinger, the Margrave of Meissen. It was founded at the crossing of two trade-routes. The successful foundation not long beforehand of a Propstei Church on the site of the later Naumburger Cathedral was mentioned in the Merseburg Bishops' Chronicles in 1021.

Naumburg Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul The holy 3 kings
In 1028 Pope John XIX gave his approval for the transfer of the bishopric from Zeitz to Naumburg. Until 1568, during the Reformation, Naumburg was the seat of the bishops. The last Catholic bishop was Julius von Pflug. The foundation of the Cathedral school is dated to 1030. Naumburg has been known as a town since 1144.

Naumburg was a significant trading centre on the Via Regia in the Middle Ages, especially because of the Naumburg Trade Fairs, first known to have taken place in 1278. The emergence of Leipzig as a trade-fair centre from 1500 and the Thirty Years' war adversely affected the Naumburg economy.

You see, more history to work on ;) Finding a parking place close to the Cathedral makes our "what-to-see-first" decision easier.

Naumburg Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul
Since the cathedral is a well visited place it was good that we were early in the morning. It openend at 10 a.m. just when we arrived. You have to buy a ticket before you can have a look inside the church. We bought a ticket both for the treasure room and the cathedral itself. 

At first we headed to the treasure room where a video about the history of Naumburg and the cathedral has been shown. It was very interesting to watch. With it we were prepared to understand what we would see next. Unfortunately it wasn't allowed to take photos in the treasure room. This time there was a video control :p

The Naumburger Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul is an important architectural work of the Late-Romanic as well as the Early- and Late-Gothic. Especially interesting are statues of the twelve cathedral founders (Stifterfiguren) and the magnificent Lettner of the western choir, works of the Naumburg masters.
Naumburg Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul
The church was erected with the transfer of the Episcopal See from Zeitz in1028 next to an old Parish church. Unfortunately the "Stifterfiguren" were partly hidden by a trestle. Scientists were working on it because on an exhibition next year.

The cathedral is very impressive but what I'll mostly will remember is that it's incredible cold there. There's no heating in it and my hands were nearly frozen off while taking photos.

But not only the cathedral is worth a visit, the old town is it, too. The market square is beautiful and you find amazing old houses around. Heaven for everybody who loves old architecture.


Not far from Naumburg you find the castle "Schönburg" (beautiful castle). It's not as big as Neuenburg and mostly destroyed but as its name says beautiful. We climbed up the tower and had an amazing view over the river Saale and the surrounding.


Around 4.30 p.m. we drove back to the hotel for a rest. Learning about history is very exhausting :p At 6 p.m. it was time to prepare ourselves for another amazing dinner at the restaurant "Küchenmeisterey". The perfect ending of a perfect day.
aloneinthecrowd says:
Gern geschehen :) Der "wilde" Osten hält viele schöne Überraschungen bereit :)
Posted on: Oct 20, 2011
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photo by: aloneinthecrowd