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Farms in Altenburg

Architecture - Agriculture - Pomiculture

The historical farms around Altenburg represent the second largest range of upright exterior strut houses in Germany. In particular, the distinguished four-sided farms are testimonies of the peak times of farm development between the lowland plain south of Leipzig and the southern foothills. The prosperity of the farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries was based above all on the highly fertile ground. Along with agriculture, pomiculture is part of the local history. When the Society of Pomology was founded in Altenburg in 1803, it was Germany’s second such society, following Hildesheim  (1794). The development of the farms in Altenburg and the era of pomiculture occurred side-by-side.


Costumes - Dialect - Folklore

The Farmer's Costume is the Costume of the Year 2011


Malcher and Marche are the names of the farmer and his wife. The origins of the costume are Wendish and have remained nearly unchanged since the 17th century.


The Farmer's Dialect



The local dialect developed over several centuries in the farm community around Altenburg. Today the original dialect is still spoken by many people.




​​The beginnings of the folklore ensemble in Altenburg reach back to the year 1980. The ensemble performs in the manner and customs of the farmers and features typical regional humour and dances.

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