Altenburg

Altenburg

Altenburg is still an insider tip as a cultural treasure in Central Germany.
In over 1,000 years since it was established, the town has never been destroyed, and it is simply captivating with its impressive castle complex and the lovingly restored Old Town. An extraordinarily active cultural life and the tranquillity of the former royal seat, with its six market places, the Skat Fountain, the countless monuments from various eras and the numerous parks, all combine to form a unique atmosphere.

In the birthplace of the card game skat, playing cards have been produced for over 500 years, collected in the castle for over 100 years, and sold at Germany’s most beautiful playing card stores on the market place. In addition to the palace, with its magnificent banqueting halls, towers and the castle church with its Baroque Trost organ, you can explore the extensive castle grounds featuring the “Mauritianum” natural history museum. In the adjacent internationally renowned Lindenau Museum, art-lovers will find unique-collections from the ancient world to the modern, including 185 pictures from the early Italian Renaissance.

Altenburg and its surroundings are best explored by bike. Cyclists can plan a fully customised excursion on cycle paths, little-used roads and country lanes, through the forests, on the lakes and along the rivers. The slightly hilly, gentle landscape provides plenty of opportunities for sporty, as well as peaceful excursions.

Kunst- und Kräuterhof
Kunst- und Kräuterhof

Round trips through the Old Town

Altenburg is rather strenuous for cyclists, as it is built on seven (!) hills. In many places, the romantic streets and alleys still have their historical cobbles. The most simple option is to park your bike at the Tourist Information on the marketplace and then from there, take a complementary town map and follow either the playing-card experience path, which includes the Royal Palace, or from 2014, the Spalatin path, following the trail of the Reformation.

The public town tour, from Monday to Friday at 2pm and on Saturday at 4pm, provides an excellent overview.

Altenburg Castle

Altenburg Castle has been enthroned upon a porphyry rock cliff for over 1,000 years. The castle contains the playing-card museum, which is the oldest of its kind and one of the most extensive in Europe. This is a real must for all card-game-lovers!

Address

Altenburg Castle
Schloss 2-4
04600 Altenburg
Phone: +49 3447 / 512712
www: www.residenzschloss-altenburg.de

Altenburg Distillery including factory outlet

Since 2006, the Schnapps and Distillery Museum has been a valued addition to the varied activities offered by the Altenburg Distillery. Over 200 square metres, the museum provides a diverse and often amusing tour of the origins of alcohol.

Address

Altenburg Distillery including factory outlet
Am Anger 1-2
04600 Altenburg
Phone: +49 3447 / 55460
www: www.destillerie.de

Art-nouveau brewery and brewery museum

Brewing beer is a tradition that has been preserved in Altenburg for centuries. The brewery museum is an exhibition which is both vivid and informative at the same time.

Address

Art-nouveau brewery and brewery museum
Brauereistraße 20
04600 Altenburg
Phone: +49 3447 / 31290
www: www.altenburg-brauerei.de

Classical Altenburg Regional Theatre, built based on plans by students of the architect Gottfried Semper

A student of the architect Gottfried Semper constructed this Renaissance-style theatre based on plans of the old Dresden Semperoper, which was constructed in 1842. Today, this magnificent setting hosts major operas, concerts, plays and ballets at a high level in front of up to 450 spectators.

Address

Classical Altenburg Regional Theatre, built based on plans by students of the architect Gottfried Semper
Theaterplatz 19
04600 Altenburg
Phone: +49 3447 / 585160
www: www.theater-altenburg-gera.de

Historical hairdresser in original condition

In 2001, after the discovery of an original hairdresser’s salon from the 1920s, high-profile campaigners such as the TV presenter Peter Escher facilitated the restoration of the building. This extremely unusual landmark is now well-known far beyond Altenburg’s borders and can be visited during guided tours.

Address

Historical hairdresser in original condition
Pauritzer Straße 2
04600 Altenburg
Phone: +49 3447 / 311790
www: www.historischer-friseursalon.de

Island Zoo and Promenade on the Great Pond

Walks around the Great Pond, into the Altenburg town forest or visits to the adjoining open-air swimming pool are all perfect for a relaxing day. There is also an island which is home to many different native animals, as well as a petting zoo – every child’s favourite.

Address

Island Zoo and Promenade on the Great Pond
Teichpromenade 31
04600 Altenburg
Phone: +49 3447 / 316005
www: www.inselzoo.de

Lindenau Museum

At the foot of the castle grounds lies the Lindenau Museum, named after Bernhard-August von Lindenau (a well-known patron of the arts). The museum houses one of the largest and most beautiful special collections of Italian panel paintings north of the Alps, plaster casts of famous sculptures from ancient times up to the Renaissance, as well as the most significant historical art library in Thuringia.

Address

Lindenau Museum
Gabelentzstr. 5
04600 Altenburg
Phone: +49 3447 / 89553
www: www.lindenau-museum.de

Marktplätze der Altstadt mit Renaissance-Rathaus

Altenburg hat insgesamt sechs Märkte: Auf dem Altenburger Hauptmarkt steht eines der schönsten und bedeutendsten Renaissance-Rathäuser Deutschlands - Die Portale des Rathauses präsentieren eine besondere Eigenart, die "Gaffköpfe" - Darstellungen von Köpfen, die von oben auf den Betrachter herabsehen.

Address

Marktplätze der Altstadt mit Renaissance-Rathaus
Marktplatz
04600 Altenburg
Phone: +49 3447 / 5940
www: www.altenburg-tourismus.de

Naturkundemuseum Mauritianum

Das „Mauritianum" mit seinen umfangreichen Sammlungen, an denen schon Alfred Brehm mitarbeitete, ist ein Naturkundliches Museum der Extraklasse. Hier können Sie den „Altenburger Rattenkönig" kennen lernen!

Address

Naturkundemuseum Mauritianum
Parkstraße 1
04600 Altenburg
Phone: +49 3447 / 2589
www: www.mauritianum.de

Nikolaikirchhof

Nur wenige Minuten vom Altenburger Hauptmarkt entfernt liegt das idyllische Nikolaiviertel mit dem markanten Nikolaiturm. Vom Turm aus, der eine Höhe von 45 m aufweist, hat man einen fantastischen Blick über die beschauliche Altstadt.

Address

Nikolaikirchhof
04600 Altenburg
Phone: +49 3447 / 512800
www: www.altenburg-tourismus.de

Schloßpark
Schloßpark

Informationen

Touristinformation

Altenburg / Altenburger Land

Moritzstr. 21
04600 Altenburg
Germany

Phone +49 3447 / 551838
Fax +49 3447 / 519994

E-mail: info@altenburg-tourismus.de
Web: www.altenburg-tourismus.de

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