Lauenstein Castle

Altenberg, Germany

Lauenstein Castle presides majestically over the Müglitztal Valley. The origins of the castle are unknown, Lauenstein was probably founded around the year 1200 as a border castle. Lauenstein is mentioned for the first time in 1241.

A spacious residential castle was built here in the 16th century on the site of a medieval fortress. Even today, the ruins are still reminiscent of the medieval castle. The castle is essentially characterized by the Renaissance style. The east and south-west wings have been preserved from the once three-winged castle. The north wing collapsed in the middle of the 19th century due to dilapidation. It has not yet been rebuilt.

The impressive Wappensaal, the Vogelsaal, the music room and many interesting details still testify today to the artistry of the builder Günther von Bünau (1557 - 1619)  and the subsequent generations of Saxon noble family, residing for three centuries in Lauenstein. High-quality portrait sculptures - dating from the beginning of the 17th century - have been preserved in the chapel and the tower room. The reconstructed park in baroque style and the herb garden with its ornamental plants frame the castle.The main castle has been extensively renovated and restored over the past three decades and now houses the Museum of East Ore Mountains.



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Founded: 1200
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Uwe Thilemann (2 years ago)
Very many different subject areas Schloss Museum and I find it very interesting presented, among other things, the Müglitztalbahn and the development of tourism in the area of ​​the Eastern Ore Mountains! The way of life of the people in this area represented by examples from the area and the environmental change of the Ore Mountains over time and many other areas! Really great exhibition and highly recommended!
Torsten Uhr (2 years ago)
My first impression when entering the castle area: where is the prince who kisses Sleeping Beauty awake from her sleep? Because Lauenstein Castle presents itself like a diamond in the rough waiting to be filled with life. In any case, there is much more to be gained and I would really wish the place if a few more euros with many zeros were invested here. The rooms in the castle are all in good condition, a lot has been done there. The winding structure of the building and the many interesting exhibits that make the tour incredibly worth seeing are also impressive. The entrance fee with the Altenberg guest card was 3 euros. This is extremely cheap and does not correspond to what you get to see. We paid a lot more for less. All in all a very interesting exhibition with a clear recommendation for a visit. We only liked the birds of prey in the inner courtyard less. They make a really sad impression living in their shelters, deprived of their freedom of movement throughout the day. But the falconry is run privately and does not belong to the castle. Therefore 5 big stars for the Eastern Ore Mountains Museum, without ifs and buts!
Christian Domke (3 years ago)
Very nice exhibition, super special exhibition. We will definitely be back again.
Steffen Pfeuffer (4 years ago)
Falconry is great, Schloss very ?
D. Domko (4 years ago)
Nice castle
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