Mühlberg prepares for re-enactment of the famous battle


It will take place between 23 and 30 April and will cover various locations connected with the Battle of Mühlberg

Emperor Charles V defeated the troops of the Schmalkaldic League led by Elector John Frederick of Saxony. The main battle took place on the banks of the Elbe River at Mühlberg, but spread to other villages in the days that followed.

In the summer of 1546, Emperor Charles V prepared to go to war against the Protestant princes under the command of Elector John Frederick I of Saxony and Landgrave Philip I of Hesse.

A year later, the forces commanded by the Emperor turned a pursuit of his own forces into a pursuit to defeat those of Elector John Frederick of Saxony. The battle took place on 24 April 1547 and ended with the complete defeat of the army of the Schmalkaldic League and the capture of John Frederick of Saxony.

Landschaft an der Elbe bei Muehlberg/Elbe, Landkreis Elbe-Elster, **Foto: Andreas Franke**

In remembrance of the historical events that took place on 24 April 1547 and the days that followed, the Friends of the Bleesern Stud, together with the district of Elbe-Elster and the towns of Mühlberg and Falkenberg, are re-enacting Charles V’s ride from Mühlberg to Bleesern and Wittenberg.

Museum in Muehlberg, Landkreis Elbe-Elster, Muehlberg/Elbe, 13.07.2016, **Foto: Andreas Franke**

Over the course of a week, various activities will take place with the aim of making Charles’ route to Wittenberg more visible and offering an insight into the interplay of power at the beginning of the 16th century.

The ride will begin on 23 April, the eve of the battle, in Falkenberg/Elster with a wreath-laying ceremony. Mühlberg, meanwhile, will commemorate the date with the firing of salvos, a fair and the illumination of the municipal park.

Museum in Muehlberg, Landkreis Elbe-Elster, Muehlberg/Elbe, 13.07.2016, **Foto: Andreas Franke**

On 24 April, the scene will move to Mühlberg, where the day will begin with a prayer on the river Elbe and the firing of gunshots. At noon, the riders will be welcomed with a parade through the streets of Mühlberg, and in the late afternoon, the riders will set off for the Elbe crossing at Belgern. In the following days, they will pass through Torgau to the Bleesern Stud and Wittenberg.

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