Only walked 14+ km (9 mi) today, but what an adventure. Naumburg has a fantastic cathedral where I spent several hours–I didn’t want to leave, so I had lunch just outside the cathedral; it’s also a world heritage site. The cathedral dates back to the 13th century, an excellent late Romanesque showpiece. But Naumburg Castle itself dates back to around 1000 AD when one of the most powerful men of the eastern Holy Roman Empire, Margrave Eckard I of Meissen, erected his residence here. Again, primarily because this was the crossroads of important trading routes that needed defense.
Although I wanted to achieve more mileage today, as I passed through Rossbach, I noticed a St Michaels House, a youth training and education center with 60 beds and more mattresses. I couldn’t miss that. I stopped in and the lady in the kitchen set me up, then even prepared coffee for me and cut me s piece of cake intended for tomorrow; she gave me the pilgrim room. What a reception!
The pics are from the cathedral and of the St. Michaels House: