Mühlhausen is a true gem among Germany’s cities. The old town, where the eventful history of the place is still present everywhere, is surrounded by an almost completely preserved city wall from the Middle Ages. There are numerous things to admire, such as half-timbered houses, wood-carved baroque oriels, and architectural styles from over 800 years of history. At the two marketplaces of Mühlhausen, which separate the lower and the upper town, you can find the main churches of the town. The radical reformer Thomas Müntzer once had is place of work in St. Marien, and in 1709 Johann Sebastian Bach performed the chorale “A strong castle is our God” in the parish church Divi Blaii. The town hall with its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, including the large hall, the “Große Rathausstube” and the town archive, is located on the threshold between the lower and upper town. Because of its historical value, the town hall of Mühlhausen is of course a listed building.
The preservation of this unique historical heritage is very important to the people of Mühlhausen. Since 1992, an extensive redevelopment of the old town has been running, integrated into the federal programme of model urban renewal. To this day, the city’s history and culture is still alive in old customs and festivities. Several folk festivals, for example the Brunnenfest, take place throughout the year. Music events also play an important role: there are concerts in the town hall, the Thuringian Bach Weeks, the Mühlhäuser Music Days or the Folk Weekend, which takes place every September. Another attraction is the scenic surrounding of Mühlhausen, offering a variety of opportunities for recreation. Goethe, for instance, already appreciated this in 1801 when he was a guest in the Brunnenhaus of Pepperode.