|"That is exactly what we need," said King Christian VII of Denmark when he visited the town of Zeist on a visit to Holland in 1768. The town had just been built by the Moravian Brethren, who were skilled traders and craftsmen. The king spoke, and it was done: Christiansfeld was founded on 1 April 1773 on an empty field near one of the king's farms.|
(From Christiansfeld Tourist Bureau)
Today, visitors can enjoy the town's unique atmosphere and well-preserved houses, all of which remain just as they were more than two centuries ago.
Walk across the Kirkepladsen square, with its beautiful well, and explore the cobblestone streets. Notice the attractive building that houses the chemist's shop and, a bit further down, the Brethren's old hotel.
Visit the bakery across the street and treat yourself to genuine Christiansfelder gingerbread - still made using the original Brethren recipe, and "world famous" in Denmark!
Other interesting attractions include the Oak Barn, the Christinero woods, the Moravian Brethrens Museum and the Reunification and Border Museum,
The quiet atmosphere in the Brethren's churchyard, Gudsageren, is entirely unique. All the gravestones are identical, so as to convey the idea that everyone is equal in death. Each and every grave dug here since 1773 has been preserved.
The Moravian Brethren introduced numerous beautiful religious traditions, most of which feature hymns, horn music and candlelight. Church festivals are still held in the traditional manner today.