Burg Stolpen is a castle built on top of the Schloßberg. The first defensive works were built about 1100 and it was first documented in 1222. Owned by the Bishop of Meißen for nearly 350 years, it passed to the Electorate of Saxony and was expanded in Renaissance style. By being converted into a fortress in 1675, Stolpen received increased military importance. After the end of the Augustinian Age in 1763, the garrison was dissolved. Two years later, Stolpen’s most famous captive, Countess Cosel, died at the fortress, aged almost 85. The most well-known mistress to Saxon Elector and Polish King Augustus the Strong had spent 49 years of her life at Stolpen against her will. Her burial place is located inside the Stolpen Castle Chapel.

The castle fell into disrepair towards the end of the 18th century. It became a museum in 1875, and has been partly restored since then. An average of approximately 100,000 visitors a year come and see Stolpen Castle today. Apart from the daily museum operation, an extensive program of events invigorates the castle. The historic Granary with its original wooden-beam architecture as well as the unique flair of the castle yards make each event a grand experience.

 

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Founded: c. 1100
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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www.burg-stolpen.org

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Jayjay Volz (8 months ago)
This is a massive castle, impressively well restored and almost fully accessible. High towers and underground vaults, build into the bedrock made from basalt. Reasonable 7 € entrance fee. Picturesque old town centre and sufficient parking places nearby.
marcia martins (2 years ago)
There isn't much too see, most of the Burg was destroyed.
Nakul Gote (2 years ago)
Loved the masonry
Gallus Winnikus (2 years ago)
Interesting history.
Joseph Drew (3 years ago)
Stolpen is a beautiful little town with an attractive square. The climb to the burg is enjoyable and I had the privilege of an unobstructed view to the West. Seeing a Saxon sunset was beautiful
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