Koethen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (in German, Köthen), is a town in the east of the country. Just over twenty-six thousand people live in the town, which also has a regional university and therefore a significant amount of young students living in Koethen. The official history of the town dates back to the twelfth century, when the market town was mentioned in documents for the first time. However, the first traces of human habitation are from the early Stone Age. The architecture of the historic centre, St. Jakob Church, and the Neumann-Museum are the most important sights in the town.
Naumann-Museum is dedicated to the life of Johann Friedrich Naumann. He was an important German scientist and ornithologist living in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His passion and scientific interest focused on birds. He published scientific works such as the Natural History of German Birds. Koethen Castle (in German, Schloss Köthen) is located north of the historic centre and combines architectural styles from the fifteenth up to the nineteenth century. If you are interested in culture, history, and art, visit this worth-seeing castle.
St. Jakob Church is the most spectacular church in town. Originally, it was built in the Gothic style in the fifteenth century. Over the centuries, the church has undergone some remodeling. The beautiful church is also a perfect place for photos. St. Jakob Church holds the local Ducal graves, the burial place of the dukes of Anhalt-Köthen.
Getting to Koethen is quiet easy if you come from Berlin or Leizpzig, as those two well-known cities have their own airports and offer various international flight links. Koethen is located around one hundred fifty kilometres southwest of Berlin and seventy kilometres north west of Leipzig. From Berlin, the trip takes around two hours by car and around three hours by train. From Leipzig, expect a travel time of one hour by train or car.
Koethen is a small town and tourism is not a big economic factor for the local economy. However, you can find several hotels, holiday apartments, and guesthouses. Since Köthen is not very touristy, the number of hostels in Koethen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, is very limited, but it can offer another advantage. If you want, at your Koethen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany hostel, you can experience the real local life off the beaten tourist track. Additional hostels are in Halle and Dessau (both towns are significantly bigger and near Koethen).
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