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Köthen (former spelling: Cöthen) is a small town in Saxony-Anhalt that was once the residence of the petty principality of Anhalt-Köthen.

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Köthen was first mentioned in a chronicle dating from 1115. It quickly became a market town and had a mint since 1160. Since 1295 the Princes of Anhalt had one of their residences at Köthen castle. When the principality was partitioned in 1396, Köthen became the capital of a separate, tiny state, that was raised to a Duchy in 1806 and existed until its re-unification with Anhalt-Dessau in 1853.

Lovers of classical music worldwide know Köthen because of Johann Sebastian Bach's stay there from 1717 to 1723, when he was Kapellmeister (conductor) of the princely court orchestra. He wrote much of his instrumental music there, including the Brandenburg Concertos, the preludes and fugues for The Well-Tempered Clavier, as well as his Cello Suites.

Samuel Hahnemann, creator of homeopathy, lived in Köthen from 1821 to 1835, when he was the duke's personal physician.

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  • 1 St. Agnus. St. Agnus (Köthen/Anhalt) (Q24636479) on Wikidata
  • 2 St. Jakob. St. Jakob (Q2318885) on Wikidata St. Jakob, Köthen on Wikipedia
  • 3 Schloss Köthen. Köthen Castle (Q2241975) on Wikidata Schloss Köthen on Wikipedia
  • 4 Hallescher Turm. Hallescher Turm (Q99615588) on Wikidata
  • 5 Magdeburger Turm. Magdeburger Turm (Q99618501) on Wikidata
  • 6 Rathaus. Rathaus Köthen (Q59168723) on Wikidata

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  • 1 Brauhaus Köthen, Lachsfang 1, +49 03496 3099490, fax: +49 03496 309872, . F Sa 11:00–00:00, Su 11:00–22:00, M–Th 11:00–23:00. Restaurant and guesthouse with home-style cuisine and its own brewery. Beer garden available. Single €40, double €50.
  • 2 Caruso, Marktplatz 5, +49 03496 415071. Tu–F 11:00–14:30, 17:30–23:00; Sa Su 12:00–14:30, 17:30–23:00; closed M. Italian restaurant.
  • 3 Filou, Ludwigstraße 53. M–Sa 17:00 – 23:00, closed Su.
  • 4 Restaurant Labyrinth, Krähenbergstraße 5, +49 03496 570426. Th F 17:00 – 00:00; Sa Su 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 00:00; M 17:00 – 00:00; Tu W closed. Greek restaurant.
  • 6 Restaurant Kreta, Dr.-Krause-Straße 57, +49 03496 511872. Tu – Su 18:00 – 23:00, M closed. Greek restaurant.
  • 8 Shanghai, Luisenstraße 5, +49 03496 552999. Tu–Su 11:00 – 14:30, 17:00 – 23:00, M closed. Chinese restaurant.
  • 10 Athos, Holzmarkt 8, +49 03496 4152199. Tu–Su 11:00 – 14:30, 17:00 – 23:00; M closed. Greek restaurant.

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  • 3 Landgasthof Am Hubertus, Fasanerieallee 38, +49 03496 550089, fax: +49 03496 5083703, . Restaurant: M–W closed; Th Sa 11:30 – 13:30; F 11:30 – 13:30, 18:00 – 22:00; Su 11:30 – 13:30, 17:00 – 21:00. single from €49, double from €69.

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  • Bernburg (20 km northwest), former residence of another part of Anhalt, picturesque castle and old town; 20 min by train.
  • Dessau (25 km northeast), both the Bauhaus school of architecture and design and the Dessau-Wörlitz "Garden Realm" are UNESCO World Heritage Sites; 20 min by train.
  • Halle (35 km south), 20–30 min by train.
  • Eisleben (55 km southwest), Martin Luther's place of birth and death.
  • Magdeburg (65 km northwest), 25–40 min by train.
  • Quedlinburg (70 km west), one of Germany's best preserved medieval old towns.
  • Leipzig (70 km), Johann Sebastian Bach's next stage of life as cantor of St Thomas' Church; 45 min by train.
Routes through Köthen
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