Altenburg Castle

Bamberg, Germany

Altenburg castle is perched on top of Bamberg's highest hill and is one of Bamberg's major landmarks. The castle was first mentioned in 1109 and was used at this time as a refuge. In the 14th and 15th centuries it served as a richly furnished residence for Bamberg's bishops, but was almost completely destroyed in 1553 by margrave Alfred Alcibiades von Brandenburg-Kulmbach in the second margrave war.

The only remains of the medieval construction are the 33 metre keep from the 13th century and parts of the surrounding wall. An iron basket hangs from the upper section of the tower which was used to send fire signals to Giechburg castle near Scheßlitz, 20km away.

In the Romance period, Altenburg was rebuilt. E.T.A. Hoffmann retreated to one of the wall towers in 1812, to which the 'Hoffmannsklause' restaurant in the new building of the former palace (1901/02) owes its name. The terrace commands a panoramic view of the episcopal town and the surrounding region.

The restaurant was formed after the takeover by the 'Altenburg club'. The premises were located as it is today in the cultivation of the gatehouse. The kitchen, a vaulted room was built in 1834. In the last quarter of the 19th Century the premises has been newly decorated. Lippel family took over the restaurant in 1972.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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Yaman Kayal (8 months ago)
nice place. Bamberg in General is very amazing and relaxing city to visit. The view from The Altenbug is insanly beautiful. Moreover, drinking something there with such a view is very nice. Highly recommended to visit Bamberg and to drive up to the Altenburg
Chad Myers (10 months ago)
Beautiful castle, although you can only go inside one tower and nothing else. The food was good and it was great having a beer overlooking the city. We hiked up and back from Bamberg, it was a decent way, but worth it. People who cant go real far for whatever reason will need a taxi
sony pius (11 months ago)
Area is very calm and good but not sure about the price.
Maha Alwoheby (11 months ago)
A must go to! The beer here is absolutely amazing.
Prasun Banerjee (11 months ago)
The tower provides great view. The resturant, however, is kind of rude and unmanaged
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