On the night of Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday 1523, Leonhard Koppe, a merchant from Torgau, drove up to Nimbschen with two younger relatives and took the young women with him on his covered wagon. Numerous legends entwine around the escape of peculiar cunning and herring barrels as a hiding place.
The 500th anniversary after the spectacular escape will be celebrated by the town of Grimma on Holy Saturday, 8 April, with a family festival including a new interpretation of Philipp Hallbauer's dramatic theatre performance from 1894. The festival, which will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., is framed by medieval market hustle and bustle. Artists and craftsmen will present old handicrafts. Guided tours about the history of the Marienthron Monastery are offered. A small exhibition about Katharina von Bora will be on display in the chapel at the monastery ruins. On display are objects, pictures and souvenirs connected with Katharina von Bora.
On Easter Sunday, 9 April, the traditional Easter concert of the Grimma Youth Orchestra will take place at the ruins at 2.30 pm.