The Romanesque Road in Saxony Anhalt
Enjoyment of art and a lot of history awaited us on the Romanesque Road in Saxony-Anhalt. Between Havelberg and Monastery Jerichow There are six churches from the Romanesque period. We visited four of them. This makes our trip to the Elb-Havel-Winkel a delight for art lovers and gourmets. The Butter and the preparation of the driver feast also contributed their part. How, you can discover that in the respective articles.
This route on the Romanesque Road in Sachsen-Anhalt is only a small section of this theme road. It is part of the European Romanesque Street, the Transromanica, Despite the short distance we get a good look at the Romanesque architecture of the region. The entire theme road includes places north and south of Magdeburg. The north route and the south route. The route between Havelberg and Jerichow Monastery belongs to the northern route. It runs along the Elbe from north to south. It astonished us that in the small towns along this section there is a cathedral and a magnificent monastery. A Map of the entire Romanesque street you can find under this link.
From Havelberg to Jerichow Monastery
The St. Marien Cathedral and the Prignitz Museum in Havelberg on the Romanesque Road
Our first stop on the Romanesque Road in Saxony-Anhalt surprised us. We did not expect a cathedral in the small towns along the Elbe. Of the St. Mary's Cathedral has dominated the cityscape from afar. It stands on the highest "mountain" in the village. This rises above the old town on the Havel Island.
We are also amazed by the two gentlemen who stand as life-size statues in front of the church building. Tsar Peter the Great and the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I met in the cathedral in 1716. At that time Peter the Great was on his Grand Tour through Europe. On this he visited castles and monasteries. There he also got ideas for the construction of his new capital, St. Petersburg. He brought one of the most famous gifts back to Russia from Havelberg. The Amber Room. The Prussian soldier king gave it to the tsar in exchange for soldiers, the so-called "long guys". His statue shows that Tsar Peter was also of considerable size. The Prussian king, on the other hand, appears chubby and small.
Hanseatic city Havelberg
From Bischofsberg we have a magnificent view of the Havel Island and the old town of Havelberg. Here we meet Antje Reichel, the director of the Prignitz Museum. She tells us the history of the city and the cathedral. Among other things, we learn that Havelberg is Hanseatic city. On the banks of the Havel once built seagoing ships, which were used in the triangular trade. They brought slaves from Africa, transported them to the Caribbean. There they loaded rum into their hulls and brought them back to Europe. There was also a captain who was not satisfied with the wages. Instead, he said goodbye to the ship and his clients and made as a pirate the seas of the world uncertain.
The Cathedral of St. Mary
Like a bulwark, the western building of the Havelberg Cathedral rises above us. It looks more like a defensive wall than a church tower. Antje Reichel tells us that he only houses the bells of the cathedral. The cathedral was built after the Wendenkreuzzug in the year 1147, in which Saxon, Danish and Polish princes moved against the Slavic Wends in the Elbe, Trave and Odergebiet. 1170 was inaugurated the cathedral. The gothic influences he owes to the reconstruction after a fire in the 13. Century. Shortly thereafter, the rood screen (the partition between the sanctuary and the rest of the church) and the choir gates were also created.
The choir stalls are among the oldest in Germany. Worth seeing are the two statues at the base of the left pillar at the high altar. One holds a wooden spoon in his hand and represents one of the lay brothers who served in the kitchen. The other on the back of the pedestal shows a Weinschenk. Also on the opposite side of the altar two figures can be seen on the pillar. However, they do not know who they are.
The Prignitz Museum
The buildings surrounding the cloister house the Prignitz Museum. This deals with the history of the cathedral as well as with the history of the city. There are also interesting changing exhibitions.
Prignitz Museum at the Dom Havelberg
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Where you can eat well in Havelberg
For lunch we recommend the Bilderbuchcafé, which is located in the old town of Havelberg. It is located on the Havel Island below the Domberg. There is a light brunch served. Homemade salmon with a honey - dill mustard sauce, potato fritters and salad buffalo is also on the menu as salads and cakes.
Picture Book Café
39539 Hanseatic city Havelberg
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- In Havelberg, for example, you can go to the Camping island Havelberg stay overnight with the motorhome. However, there are other campsites in the region.
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The church of Sandau on the Romanesque Road in Saxony Anhalt
Only five kilometers further south is the town of Sandau with its Romanesque church. The interior of the church is being renovated. In the sanctuary, the Romanesque architecture with its round arched windows is clearly visible. Striking is the simplicity of the church space.
The church tower was almost completely destroyed at the end of the Second World War. Its remains towered over the town for decades as a ruin. Meanwhile, the tower is completely rebuilt. In the process, the ruin was skilfully integrated into the new Westwerk. Visitors can easily see what the tower looked like a few years ago. In Petar's video about the Romanesque Road (see above) you can see that. Today there are various event and conference rooms in its interior. As long as the interior of the church is being renovated, one of these rooms is also used as a church space.
You shouldn't miss a visit to the church because of the grandiose view of the Elbe meadows from the top floor of the church tower. You can reach this floor via the newly built elevator. The church is open daily as a cyclist's church during the season from April to October.
Church in Sandau
39524 Sandau (Elbe)
Our tip: see the Elb-Havel-Winkel from above
A very special treat we recommend on the way south. Shortly before Scharlibbe, a sign to the left of the road points to Scharlibbe Airport. There, Peter Richter restored aircraft. At the same time he is a flight instructor and offers sightseeing flights over the Elbe-Havel-Land. How beautiful this region is, opens up really from the air. But see for yourself in Petar's video:
If you want more adventurous, you can also skydiving. However, we took it easy and instead spent a night in one of the cozy log cabins that Peter Richter rents out. Away from the cities, in the middle of nature. Where we could watch a pack of eggs in the morning mist. And enjoyed a beautiful sunrise in the silence of the Elbe-Havel-Winkel. This is Slow Travel at its finest on the Romanesque Road.
39524 Klietz scarlet
What do you need for a hike on the Elbe?
- There are good opportunities for hiking in this region on the Elbe. Hence are comfortable walking shoes essential.
- So it's worth it to have one backpack to pack. What you for a picknick you can find here.
- There are many hiking opportunities and bike paths in the region. This Map* and Travel Guide* help with orientation.
Eat well in the Elbe Havel brewery in Schollene
If you are hungry after the flight over the Elbe, we recommend a trip to Schollene. There you can not only eat well in the Elbe-Havel brewery, but by agreement you can even participate in the beer brewing. There are also guided tours. There was no time to brew in our tight schedule. We enjoyed the food all the more. A selection of local dishes makes the selection on the menu interesting.
Enjoy in Klietz
Only about 12 kilometers east is the place Klietz. in the Land-gut-Hotel Lake View * can you stay overnight? We were allowed to take a look behind the scenes as kitchen spies. With the chef we prepared one autumnal driving pleasure to. But otherwise you can eat well there. We stayed in the new guest house, an outbuilding with modern equipped rooms.
In the Klietzer Hofmuseum you can show by Mrs. Läufer how one used to live in the village. We watched how she makes butter from milk, An arduous job, but the result is impressive.
After all the culinary experiences, a little exercise is good. In Klietz, the bat path through the nature reserve is ideal. The path begins at Dammstraße diagonally opposite the Glaser bakery (Map). On well-developed trails it goes - depending on your choice - almost 1,5 km or 7,5 km through deciduous forest. Along the route you will find information boards and explanations of the seven types of field mouse that occur in this region.
The birthplace of Otto von Bismarck in Schönhausen on the Romanesque Road in Saxony-Anhalt
Our journey continues along the road of the Romanesque to Schönhausen (Map). The village church of St. Marien and Willebrord cannot be overlooked because of its defensive tower. It is one of the best-preserved Romanesque churches on the Romanesque Road on the Romanesque Road in Saxony Stop. The church is closely associated with the von Bismarck family, who are remembered in the museum next door. It is housed in the former gatehouse of Schönhausen Palace. Of the castle itself, you can only see the foundation walls and some remains of the wall on the rear wall of the museum.
There used to be two castles in Schönhausen, both of which were built by the Bismarcks. Prince Otto von Bismarck was born in one of them. He was baptized in the church of St. Marien und Willebrord. Bismarck spent his youth elsewhere, but he kept returning to Schönhausen. After the death of his father, Otto von Bismarck took over the position of dikemaster in Jerichow. Shortly afterwards his political career began under Kaiser Wilhelm I.
His birthplace no longer exists today. The GDR government let it blow up 1958. Only the foundations are left over. The former castle park is still present.
Jerichow Monastery on the Romanesque Road in Saxony Anhalt
At the end of our 2-day tour along the Romanesque Road in Saxony-Anhalt, a highlight of Romanesque architecture awaits us. in the Monastery Jerichow the Romanesque building structure is clearly recognizable. Round arches, columns, pillars and vault forms have perfect Romanesque forms. Capitals are great. Geometric friezes adorn the outer walls of the monastery building.
The monks of the Premonstratensian Order erected the brick church of the monastery from 1149 to 1240. The bricks made for it locally. The Premonstratensians administered the monastery until 1552. Then the Reformation ended Luther's monastic life on the monastery grounds. Since 1685, the church has served as a church for a Reformed parish.
This has been extensively restored over the past two centuries. Visitors can now inform themselves about crops in the monastery garden. The brick museum shows how the building material for the monastery church was made. In the dormitory there is a permanent exhibition about the monastic history.
Where do you eat well in Jerichow?
We have dinner in the Heinemann inn. Do not get confused by the name "Confectionery and Coffee Behrens" that still stands above the entrance. The inn is run by a young landlady who grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The inn is decorated with a great sense of style. Here you can eat in a pleasant atmosphere. The menu offers regional cuisine. Seasoned meat (ragout fin), pikeperch from the Elbe and other specialties are served here.
Linden street 1
Stay overnight in Jerichow
In Landhof Liebsch we spent a night in the Bismarck room. The farm is located in the neighboring village of Steinitz, about 4 kilometers from Jerichow Abbey. The former farm is restored with love. Guests sleep in themed rooms furnished with period furniture. We stayed in the Bismarck room. We especially liked the friendliness of the hosts, with whom we were received. The breakfast in the morning was in the conservatory overlooking the courtyard, which represents a small oasis with art and greenery.
More tips on the Romanesque Road in Saxony-Anhalt
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The nearest airport is Berlin Tegel. From there, take the train to the Elb-Havel-Winkel. Alternatively you can arrive by car or bike.
A delightful way to explore this region is the Elberadweg.
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Source: own research on site. We thank the Leader action group Elb-Havel-Winkel for the friendly support of this press trip. Our opinion, however, remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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