Emperor Charles V awaits you in Mühlberg

2022 may be a good year to travel to Germany and learn all about the battle that brought him eternal glory

2020 and 2021 may be considered as a wasteland, but there is every indication that the COVID-19 pandemic will subside in the coming months – sooner rather than later. Perhaps then would be a good time to visit the museum that commemorates the battle that gave eternal glory to Emperor Charles V.

What Mühlberg offers you is a permanent exhibition that allows you to learn all about that battle, the famous Battle of Mühlberg, which took place on 24 April 1547.

After that battle, the Schmalkaldic League, a coalition of German prince-electors willing to dispute the emperor’s authority, was dismantled and Charles V reached the height of his power. Just five years later, he had to flee Innsbruck to avoid capture by Maurice of Saxony, his ally during the war against the Schmalkaldic League.
Consequently, the Mühlberg Museum 1547 offers you a permanent exhibition that you can enjoy in this German town. Here you can find out all the details about the power play of the early and mid-16th century.

In addition, between 23 and 30 April, and coinciding with that battle, you can enjoy a historical re-enactment that recalls what happened there, the actions before and after the battle, and the interesting game of alliances that allowed the emperor to maintain his authority in Germany for a short period of time.

The Friends of the Bleesern Stud, together with the district of Elbe-Elster and the towns of Mühlberg and Falkenberg, are re-enacting the Emperor’s journey from Mühlberg to Bleesern and Wittenberg after the end of the battle with various events taking place over the course of a week.

The ride begins on 23 April, the eve of the battle, in Falkenberg/Elster with a wreath-laying ceremony. As the riders, dressed in historical costumes, ride to Mühlberg, the town celebrates the historical events with the firing of salvos, a fair and the illumination of the town park. On 24 April, the scene shifts to Mühlberg, where the day begins with a prayer on the river Elbe and the firing of salvos. At midday, the riders are welcomed with a parade through the streets of the town. In the late afternoon, the riders set off for the Elbe crossing at Belgern, and in the following days they pass through Torgau to the Bleesern Stud and Wittenberg.

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