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Introducing Bautzen

Mustard, prisons and a German indigenous minority are the unlikely trio that come together in fascinating Bautzen. Rising high above the Spree River, no fewer than 17 towers and much of the town fortification still ring the Altstadt’s labyrinth of cobbled lanes that have hardly changed for centuries. While the town is undeniably German, its heritage is also influenced by the Slavic-speaking Sorbs. Budyšin, as the Sorb language calls it, is home to several Sorb cultural institutions, and public signage is bilingual, though you’d be lucky to hear the language spoken.