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A fascinating mix of old and new awaits visitors to Leuchtenburg Castle, located 400 metres high above the picturesque Saale valley near Kahla.  At the "Queen of the Saale Valley", as Leuchtenburg Castle is also called, you can not only explore a medieval fortress that has survived almost complete but also see how an historic monuent has been filled with new life in an exceptional development process after standing empty for many years.

In the "Porcelain Worlds", the Leuchtenburg Foundation presents a unique and spectacular exhibition, taking you on a sensuous journey and telling enthralling and emotional stories connected with porcelain. You will travel to far-off lands and discover white gold from the bottom of the sea in the exhibition on the "Wanli Expedition". On this journey, wishes will even come true - break a piece of porcelain in the old defence tower, because, as everyone knows, "break something and mend your luck!"

The 800 years of history of Leuchtenburg Castle are also brought to life here. On a tour of the Castle, you go down into the deepest dungeon, where sinners were imprisoned in the Middle Ages during the reign of the Wettin dynasty. In the exhibition illustrating the time when the Castle served as a prison, you can find out what iron fetters felt like. After being used as a prison and labour camp, Leuchtenburg Castle became the centre of the freedom and youth movement in the 1920s.  The exhibition entitled "Glut ist Geist" (Fervour and Spirit) presents the so-called "Wandervögel", a youth movement, at Leuchtenburg Castle.

Neither does the sensuous experience at Leuchtenburg Castle stop at refreshment! In the medieval castle tavern, culinary delights from Thuringia are reinterpreted in modern style and made even more delicious with herbs from the tavern's own garden.

Concerts, performances and lectures are regularly presented at Leuchtenburg Castle. Lovers can also take their wedding vows in this very romantic setting.

Leuchtenburg Castle: Porcelain meets the Middle Ages

Opening hours

Monday: 9:00 - 19:00
Tuesday: 9:00 - 19:00
Wednesday: 9:00 - 19:00
Thursday: 9:00 - 19:00
Friday: 9:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 19:00
Sunday: 9:00 - 19:00

During winter, daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. / castle tavern open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Restaurant
  • Language: German, English
  • Parking for coach: 10
  • Parking for car: 50
  • Family- and child-friendly
  • For children and families:

    Small Ghosts in Search of Treasure - exciting adventure tour for children; Brave Knights -an exciting outing for children



Contact information


Auf der Leuchtenburg
07768 Seitenroda

Telephone: +49 (0) 36424 / 713300
Fax: +49 (0) 36424 / 713310

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