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Residence Palace Sondershausen

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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-Sondershausen. Today, it is one of the most beautiful palaces in Thuringia. The palace is surrounded by the English styled landscape park Lohpark as well as the Princess and Pleasure Garden which invite visitors to relaxing walks.

On the extensive palace grounds are further historic buildings which are worth seeing. Today, the eight-sided house which was a pleasure house of the court serves as a concert location. Since 2005, the Marstall (stable) is home to the State Academy of Music Thuringia.

Opening hours

Tuesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 17:00
Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

Closed: Mondays (except Easter Monday and Whit Monday) and on 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January

"Hofküche" castle restaurant:
Tuesday: 11 p.m. - 10 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Individual opening times for events and celebrations by request at +49 (0)3632-6672400 oder

Detailed information

  • Baroque
  • Historism
  • Classicism
  • Renaissance
  • Rococo


  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Guided tour without appointment
  • Language: German, English


Restricted access for wheelchair users Marked parking spaces for the disabled available Toilet with restricted access for wheelchair users Assistance for blind and visually impaired persons Special and personal assistance resources for the disabled

4 disabled parking spaces (2.30 to 2.40 x 4.20 metres) near the Octagonal House (400 metres from entrance). Visitors with limited mobility use the path over cobbles and water-bound firm surfacing to the Stables (Marstall) and the Rotunda, where the entrance for wheelchair users with a bell (step = 3 cm) is located. Wheelchair users can access the rooms on the first floor with the "Blue Room" via the Rotunda. Thresholds and steps between the rooms in the old part of the palace, some with ramps. Access from the billiard room to the Wendelstein vault and tapestries by stairs. Access to the "Golden Coach" via a side entrance in the inner courtyard with staff assistance.

WC on first floor, near the "Blue Room". Info: accessible at left only = 105 cm, mobility area in front of WC partly restricted to 50 cm in depth by wash basin. Another WC in the inner courtyard. Info: access via ramp, accessible at left only = 75 cm, depth 56 cm, mobility area in front of WC = 120 x 100 cm, no grab handles.

Guide dogs permitted. Listening stations in exhibitions on musical and regional history. Wheelchair for hire. Guided tours for the blind and visually impaired with tactile accompanying material can be organised on request via Tourismusverband Kyffhäuser e.V.

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Contact information


Schloss 1
99706 Sondershausen

Telephone: +49 (0) 3632 622420
Telephone: +49 (0) 3632 622425
Fax: +49 (0) 3632 622410

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