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Friedenstein Castle

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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-wing castle was built by Duke Ernest I the Pious with two characteristic towers and has largely been preserved. From the outside, the castle is primarily without decoration and looks quite plain – the Duke aimed to achieve clarity of form and function. However, the interior has numerous beautifully designed rooms and halls which have retained their original form and furnishings over the centuries. The probably most outstanding part of the castle is the Ekhof Theatre, the oldest castle theatre in the world with original wooden stage machinery dating from the 17th century. It is still used during the Ekhof Festival in the summer months. The theatre and other rooms can be seen on a guided tour of the castle.
Other items of interest which form part of the castle complex are the Castle Museum, the Museum of Regional History and Culture, the Museum of Nature, the archives and library, the casemates, the park and the very well-kept orangery garden.

In the southern part of the complex, the redeveloped Ducal Museum re-opened on 19 October 2013. Art ranging from antiquity to the modern age is on show, including works by Cranach and Caspar David Friedrich and one of the oldest Egyptian Collections in Europe. The exhibition rooms themselves have been returned to their former condition in 1879 and have regained their spacious character.

Why not get married at Friedenstein Castle? Couples can be married in the attractive setting of the Duchess's Antechamber.

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

(applies April to October) November to March : 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Mondays, open on public holidays.

From 21st October 2013, the Ducal Museum will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (November to March: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Detailed information

  • Baroque
  • Classicism
  • Renaissance
  • Chapel
  • Church

Services

  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Language: German, English, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian
  • Parking for coach: 5
  • Parking for car: 60
  • Family- and child-friendly

Accessibility

Fully accessible for wheelchair users Marked parking spaces for the disabled available Lift available for wheelchair users Toilet fully accessible for wheelchair users Assistance for blind and visually impaired persons

Disabled parking space (3.40 x 5 metres) accessible when coming from direction of Parkallee. Route for wheelchair users to the entrance and ticket office under the arcades (large stone slabs). Castle courtyard with water-bound surfacing. No parking spaces at the main entrance when coming from the direction of the town centre. Route to the entrance and ticket office from here over an ascent of up to 16% with cobbles.

Step to ticket office (16 cm). Side entrance can be opened by request. Level access to the Castle Museum. Lift to the Research Library and museum. Very good mobility space. Short ramps for existing thresholds. Low showcases in the Art Chamber make it easier to see exhibits while seated. Barrier-free tour ends at the Coin Cabinet. Wheelchair users can use the lift at the beginning of the exhibition. Audioguide for the Castle Museum. The Nature Museum, Theatre Cabinet, Ekhof Cabinet and Historic Museum are not yet suitable for wheelchairs. Access to the Ekhof Theatre by a mobile ramp. Space for 2 wheelchairs. By prior appointment, special guided tours can be arranged for visitors with physical or mental disabilities in all the museums. By prior appointment, blind guests can touch and feel various items in the company of a museum guide.  Guide dogs permitted.

2 WCs available - entrance to Castle Museum / near lift (only with ticket, available at the ticket office) and entrance to Ekhof Theatre. Visitors to the theatre are advised to use the first.  Info: mobility area in front of WC = more than 150 x 140 cm.

Access to the castle grounds without any ascents from the direction of Lindenauallee and Parkallee. Disabled parking spaces at the Ducal Museum. Largely water-bound firm surfacing, partly interspersed with fairly large stones.

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Contact information

Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha

Schloss Friedenstein
10 03 19
99853 Gotha

Telephone: +49 (0) 3621 - 82 34 0
Fax: +49 (0) 3621 - 82 34 57

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