Present-day Strehla, within the idyllic Elbe floodplains, has all the charm of a farming village, but its fortunes did not always centre on crops. Craftsmen too – the potters in particular – have also won long acclaim in these parts. In 1565, aged just 24, Melchior Tatzen masterfully fashioned a pulpit of clay, which remains standing today in Strehla’s parish church. Lovingly restored private houses and its town hall are also nods to its former glory. Our recommendation: Explore the feudal castle and the historical gems on the two Mermaid Paths.