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Kamenz – The Lessing Town

The westernmost town of the Six Towns League is famous for ist greatest son: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was born here in 1729. His ideals of enlightenment and tolerance are still today a universal guiding principle for human behaviour. »The Parable of the Three Rings« from Lessing’s most popular work «Nathan the Wise« belongs to the canon of humanistic education worldwide. In the Museum of the Lessing House built in 1931, the fascinating work and the person of the poet are revealed in a diverse way. Many angles of the town tell authentically about Lessing’s childhood which the son of a parson spent here.

Lessing Museum with a bust

Lessing Museum with a bust (Source: City Administration Kamenz)

Kamenz – Sacral and botanical treasures

Kamenz was first mentioned in records in 1225. In particular, several medieval sacral buildings, which even tower above the picturesque ensemble of mainly classicistic middle-class houses, bear witness to the significance of the town in the high period of the Six Towns League. Eight artistic, late Gothic carved altarpieces, which can be admired in three churches, are a special treasure. – On the verge of the town, the Kamenzer Hutberg with its spacious park invites to go for a stroll in nature. The area laid out in the nineteenth century by Wilhelm Weiße enchants with a rare variety of conifers as well as rhododendron and azalea types which turn the whole area into a sea of flowers every year in May.

Marketplace with city hall

Marketplace with city hall (Source: City Administration Kamenz)


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Information, accommodations, tickets, sightseeing tours
Pulsnitzer Straße 11
01917 Kamenz

Phone: +49 (3578) 379205
Fax +49 (3578) 379291


Monday to Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm
Sunday: 1 – 4 pm (May to October only)

Exhibition about the person, work and influence of the great German poet and philosopher of the Enlightenment, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Lessingplatz 1–3

Phone: +49 (3578) 379111


Tuesday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday/Sunday/bank holidays
1 – 5 pm

Museum of Western LusatiaElementarium
Permanent exhibition with 7 themerelated sections about zoology, geology, botany, archaeology and cultural history of the region

Exhibition of Urban History in the Oast-House (connected via a bridge) precious objects from the council treasure, history of Kamenz
Pulsnitzer Straße 16

Phone: +49 (3578) 78830


Tuesday – Sunday and bank holidays 10 – 6 pm (24.12, 31.12. und 1.1. closed)

Museum of Western LusatiaHotchpotch
Exhibition magazine, watching experts at work, workshops and laboratories, guided tours on appointment
Macherstraße 140

Phone: +49 (3578) 3746710

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm

Protestant-Lutheran Parish Kamenz
Main Church St. Marien, Catechism Church, Convent Church St. Annen, St. -Just Church, guided tours through the churches, open churches, organ seminars
Kirchstr. 20

Phone: + 49 (3578) 304199


Cistercian Nunnery St. Marienstern
Inhabited nunnery complex, treasure-house, nunnery shop, herb and nutrition centre
Cisinskistr. 35
01920 Panschwitz-Kuckau

Phone/Fax: +49 (35796) 99444