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Beer hill
The beer hill

The beer hill

Beer hill (Saxony-Anhalt)
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Coordinates 51 ° 31 '43.7 "  N , 11 ° 48' 56.4"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 31 '43.7 "  N , 11 ° 48' 56.4"  E
place Salzatal , OT Salzmünde , Saxony-Anhalt , Germany

The Bierhügel is a listed burial mound in Salzmünde , a town in the Salzatal municipality in Saxony-Anhalt . In the local monument register , the cemetery is listed as a monument area under registration number 094 55134 .


The beer hill is located on the Straße der Einheit in Salzmünde. According to old local traditions, it is a medieval court. According to an information board from the State Office for Archeology, the history of the hill goes much further. It is said to be a prehistoric burial mound from the Neolithic Age . It is two meters high and twelve meters in a north-south direction and eighteen meters wide in an east-west direction, which gives an area of ​​210 square meters . The memorial stone Elisabeth of Thuringia is located on the hill .


The name of the burial mound can be traced back to the legend of Elisabeth of Thuringia .

In 1222, the 15-year-old Elisabeth of Thuringia made her way alone from Landsberg Castle to Eisenach , where she spent the night in the Hüneburg. After paying homage to the villagers in the surrounding villages, she waived their tithe . The only thing she asked for in return was “seven ring buckets of beer” on Ascension Day . In the 19th century, Friedrich Boltze , Johann Gottfried Boltze's brother, suspected that this meant a barrel with seven iron rings.

It is unlikely that Elisabeth promoted the serving of beer. There is evidence that there must have been a contract that included an exchange between a tithe waiver and free beer.

Since then, a festival has been celebrated every year in honor of Elisabeth on Men's Day , with a barrel of free beer.

Web links

Commons : Bierhügel  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Small question and answer Olaf Meister (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen), Claudia Dalbert (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen), Ministry of Culture March 19, 2015 Printed matter 6/3905 (KA 6/8670) List of monuments Saxony-Anhalt
  2. Salzmünde Beer Hill . Saalekreis im Bild, the website about cultural contemporary witnesses from the district, 2013–2017, accessed on November 8, 2017