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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 Town 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 Ag…

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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, Veste Heldburg Castle 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 Electo…

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Greiz Upper Castle

The Upper Castle is a well-known, architecturally interesting and striking cultural monument which never fails to fascinate its visitors. As a symbol of German history, it is a distinctive landmark in the attractive Greiz landscape in the va…

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Summer Palace with Satiricum

Since 1922, the Summer Palace of the royal family of Reuss, Older Line, built as a summer residence between 1769 and 1779 in Early Classicist style, has housed the "Greiz State Collection of Books and Etchings".  …

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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 - principal home, hunting lodge and summer residence of the Counts of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt - towers high above the Schwarza valley, in the midst of wooded hills. Since May 2018, the newly built gatehouse welcome…

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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

Due to the law of succession, there was division of the property of the Reuss dynasty into Upper and Lower Greiz in 1564. For the newly created Lower Greiz line, a Renaissance castle was built in the centre of the town. After various additio…

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Kochberg Castle
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Kochberg Castle

Uhlstädt-Kirchhasel/ OT Kochberg

The moated castle was built in about 1600 in Renaissance style. In 1733, Kochberg passed into the possession of the Barons von Stein, who used it as a country residence and had some alterations carried out.  In the late 18th and ear…

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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

The Dornburg Palaces tower high above the River Saale. The Old Palace was built in the 16th century to replace a medieval fortress. Around 1740, Ernst August I of Saxe-Weimar had the Rococo Palace built. Together with the prestigiou…

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Elisabethenburg Palace Meiningen

The royal palace of the Dukes of Meiningen presents paintings, sculptures and arts and crafts by European masters from 8 centuries, historic ballrooms, memorial rooms for Queen Adelaide of Great Britain, Friedrich Schiller and Max R…

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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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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

In the elegant 18th century summer residence, the Weimar Classic Foundation displays a selection from its exquisite arts and crafts, with valuable porcelain, faience ware, glass, elegant furniture and serpentine items dating from th…

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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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