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Palaces and Castles

Palaces and Castles

Wilhelmsburg Castle
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Wilhelmsburg Castle

Schmalkalden

Wilhelmsburg Castle stands above the town and is its outstanding landmark. It was built as a secondary residence by the Hessian landgrave Wilhelm IV in the late 16th century and officially completed in 1590. This very well-preserved castle i…

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Weimar Town Palace

On a tour of the Museum in the City Palace, art lovers can expect a real treat! In the historic palace rooms with their partly original furnishings, the former art collection of the Grand Dukes is on show, ranging from the Middle Ages to the…

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Wartburg Castle
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Wartburg Castle

Eisenach

The world-famous, more than 900-year old Wartburg Castle towers over Eisenach and is visible from afar. Legend says that Ludwig the Jumper announced the creation of Wartburg Castle with the following words: "Wart! Berg, du sollst m…

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Veste Heldburg Castle
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Veste Heldburg Castle

Bad Colberg-Heldburg

Already visible from afar, Heldburg Fortress towers over the Heldburg region, standing on a 403-metre high phonolite rock. Formerly a significant stronghold in the border country of the regions ruled by the Hennebergs and later by Electoral …

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Upper Castle Greiz

The Upper Castle is the most famous landmark of the town of Greiz. Visible from afar, it towers on a 50-metre hill on the right of the river Weiße Elster. From 1306 onwards, Henry II Reuss of Plauen resided here. The castle buildings we…

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Summer Palace with Satiricum

Any self-respecting prince needed, of course, an adequate home for the summer. This is what Prince Heinrich XI Reuss (1722 - 1800) thought too and had a Summer Palace built in Early Classicist style in 1768/69. Today visitors can admire the roya…

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Residence Palace Sondershausen

The impressive four-wing palace towers above Sondershausen, the town of music. Architectural styles of different historic periods characterise the century-old seat of government of the counts and later (from 1697) the princes of Schwarzburg-…

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Schwarzburg Castle
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Schwarzburg Castle

Schwarzburg

Schwarzburg Castle towers on a mountain crag high above the wildly romantic Schwarza valley. The first definite mentions in records of a fortress complex in connection with one of the oldest and most powerful aristocratic families in Thuring…

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Posterstein Castle
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Posterstein Castle

Posterstein

Posterstein Castle with its 25-metre tall keep was first mentioned in 1191.  In the 16th/17th century, the fortress was transformed into a residential palace.  The museum presents collections on the history of the fortress,…

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Petersberg Citadel
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Petersberg Citadel

Erfurt

The Petersberg Citadel is a unique ensemble illustrating European fortress architecture in 17th to 19th century. It has a Baroque core (1664 - 1704). From 1815, there was neo-Prussian modernisation work, of which the defence barracks and art…

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Palace and Park Tiefurt

Tiefurt Palace was built in 1765 as a tenant's house and extended in 1776 to become a royal country residence. Until 1781, it was the home of Prince Friedrich Ferdinand Constantin and then served Duchess Anna Amalia as a summer residence…

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Osterburg Castle
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Osterburg Castle

Weida

In a strategically excellent position on a mountain spur, Osterburg Castle with its mighty keep towers above the town of Weida. The castle was built as a fortification from 1163 to 1193 by Steward Heinrich I and was the home of the…

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Lower Castle Greiz

Greiz, the former state capital and residence of the Reuss dynasty of the Older Line, has two castles for visitors to see, namely the Upper Castle and the Lower Castle – with unique architectural citations ranging from Romanesque to Art Nouveau. Betw…

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Kochberg Castle
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Kochberg Castle

Großkochberg

The moated castle built in 1600 in the style of the Renaissance belonged to the Barons von Stein from 1733 onwards. As of 1775, Goethe often stayed at Kochberg Castle to be near his adored Charlotte von Stein. The history of this relationshi…

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Moated Castle Kapellendorf
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Moated Castle Kapellendorf

Kapellendorf

In the mid-12th century, the castle was built by the burggraves of Kirchberg as their primary fortress and for protection of the nearby trading route. By the 14th century, the defences of the complex had been increased by the construction of numerous…

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Dornburg Palaces
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Dornburg Palaces

Dornburg

A visit to the Dornburg Palaces, a fascinating complex consisting of three palaces from different style eras, is an absolute must for everyone interested in history and culture. Their majestic location on the edge of a shell limestone p…

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Elisabethenburg Palace Meiningen

From 1682 - 1692, Duke Bernhard I had Elisabethenburg Palace built on the site of the Meiningen Town Castle constructed by the bishops of Würzburg. It was to be the future residence of his dynasty. It took its name from his second wife,…

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Moated Castle Heldrungen
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Moated Castle Heldrungen

Heldrungen

The oldest parts of this 3-winged complex date back to the 12th century. From the southern corner of the castle Kernburg the tower "Müntzerturm" stands out. It was in this tower that the theologist and leader of the peasant revolt of 1…

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Heidecksburg Residential Castle Rudolstadt

Resembling an over-sized crown on the head of the former royal town of Rudolstadt, Heidecksburg Castle rests 60 metres above the Old Quarter. Count Albrecht VII of Schwarzburg (1537-1605) had a three-wing Renaissance castle complex built on the found…

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Hanstein Castle
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Hanstein Castle

Bornhagen

The castle ruin Hanstein is one of the most famous and interesting castle complexes in central Germany. In its present extent it was constructed in 1308 following a building period of 200 years. From the accessible north tower you can enjoy a beautif…

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Greifenstein Castle
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Greifenstein Castle

Bad Blankenburg

Greifenstein Castle, standing on the town's landmark mountain, is one of the oldest feudal fortresses in Germany. Known until the 17th century as Blankenburg Castle, it today consists of a principal building with a great hall and tower. It has se…

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Friederiken Palace Bad Langensalza

Th Friederiken Palace was built by the widowed Duchess Friederike of Saxony-Weissenfels between 1749-1751 as a summer residence and still offers in its way the same gentle charm as possibly its former owner, who came to Langensalza …

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Friedenstein Castle

Built between 1643 and 1654, Friedenstein Castle is the largest Early Baroque castle complex in Germany. The former residence of the Electors of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha stands on the 311-metre high Castle Hill above the Old Town of Gotha. The four…

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Veste Wachsenburg
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Veste Wachsenburg

Wachsenburggemeinde/Holzhausen Holzhausen

Of the Drei Gleichen Fortresses, the Veste Wachsenburg is the one that has been changed most in its construction style. It was built in the 10th century by Hersfeld Monastery, probably as a frontier fortification against the approaching Hungarians. I…

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Mühlburg Castle
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Mühlburg Castle

Drei Gleichen / OT Mühlberg

Mühlburg Castle was first mentioned in 704 in a gift deed of Duke Hedans II to the Bishop Willibrod von Utrecht as "castello mulenberge". According to a legend it was built as early as in 319. The oldest identifiable parts however, dat…

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Creuzburg Fortress
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Creuzburg Fortress

Creuzburg

The Creuzburg Fortress is a stone witness to the Middle Ages, built between 1165 and 1170. Its period of glory was during the 12th and 13th century. It is called an earls' castle since it was one of the Thuringian earls' res…

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Castle and Park Altenstein
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Castle and Park Altenstein

Bad Liebenstein

Castle and Park Altenstein are a special gem in Thuringia's cultural scene. "He who knows Altenstein also knows what fragrance of beauty is spread over this very unique creation, a charm which enchants our heart far more than words.…

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Burgk Castle
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Burgk Castle

Burgk/ Saale

Burgk Castle has historic rooms, a Knights' Hall, a castle chapel with a Silbermann organ, late medieval defences, an historic castle kitchen, music salon, Chinese room, show bedroom and a park with a music pavilion. The castle houses an art coll…

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Bertholdsburg Castle Schleusingen

The castle was built by the counts of Henneberg in 1226-1232. It has undergone many constructional changes during the 15th and 16th centuries. After the death of the last count of Henneberg, Georg Ernst, in 1583, the castle became the proper…

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Belvedere Palace Weimar

Duke Ernst August had a Baroque summer residence built to the south of Weimar between 1724 and 1748. Since 1923, this Belvedere Palace has housed a museum of the arts and crafts of the 18th century. One focus of the items displayed is porcel…

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Auerstedt Castle and Memorial for 1806

A small museum is located on the first floor of Auerstedt Castle, which served as the royal Prussian headquarters on the night before the twin battles of Jena and Auerstedt. After an excursion into history, visitors should stop at "Rein…

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Altenburg Castle
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Altenburg Castle

Altenburg

The castle stands on a rise in the centre of Altenburg and its silhouette and striking towers dominate the town. The former fortress which was converted into a castle in the 18th century by Friedrich II and Friedrich III was the residence of…

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Castle and Playing Cards Museum

Altenburg is the town of playing-card manufacturers and of the Skat game. On a visit to the Altenburg Castle and Playing-Card Museum - once the favourite palace of Emperor Barbarossa - visitors will learn a lot about playing cards and the Sk…

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Friedenstein Castle Museum

Friedenstein Castle was completed in 1654 and is today regarded as one of the largest early Baroque castles in Germany. As early as the Fifties of the 17th century, Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Gotha (1601-1675) had a a "Kunstkammer" (Art …

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Evidence in stone of Thuringia’s eventful history can be found in over 400 palaces and castles throughout the region – symbolic of the rule of innumerable ruling counts, princes and dukes. Some are in ruins, others have survived in their full splendour, but they are all inviting for an excursion into Thuringia’s past.

In addition to the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Wartburg Castle, there is the imposing Baroque Friedenstein Castle in Gotha or the beautiful Dornburg Palaces plus many other splendid palaces and impressive castles. These palaces and castles not only provide homes to museums and art collections, some are also romantic palace hotels with medieval speciality restaurants, unforgettable and much loved locations for wedding receptions. Historic festivals, knights’ tournaments and jousting and medieval festivities are only a few of the possibilities that exist for experiencing Thuringia’s flair in previous centuries.

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