Stolpen Castle

Stolpen, Germany

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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Mad (11 months ago)
During my recent visit to Stolpen Castle, I was truly captivated by the rich history and well-preserved architecture of this medieval gem. The impressive fortifications, including the fascinating basalt columns, offered a unique insight into the engineering marvels of the time. Wandering through the beautiful castle gardens, I was struck by the serene atmosphere and the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. As a history enthusiast, I particularly enjoyed exploring the living quarters and learning about the life of the famous prisoner, Countess Cosel. Overall, Stolpen Castle is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the enchanting past of this remarkable fortress.
Kevin Vermeer (2 years ago)
Unfortunately after 500years and a few wars not all of it remains standing But it tells a story witch is pretty interesting The price is 7€pp and for parking you have to walk a few meters it's below at the hill you can also park at the old square but it's only for an hour The town around it is also pretty cute to walk in
Sander Blaak (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle, exhibitions in several languages, amazing views
Cheng-Yun Lee (2 years ago)
Great castle for family. It is free and open to the public. There is also an ice cream shop near by, having diverse tastes.
Jayjay Volz (3 years 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.
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