Klippenstein Castle

Radeberg, Germany

The history of the Klippenstein castle dates back to 1289 when it was first mentioned as 'Castrum Radeberch' in official records. From 1543 to 1546, Moritz of Saxony had the castle converted into a hunting lodge and residential palace. It is also among the most significant surviving examples of sovereign architecture built during the reign of Moritz Elector of Saxony, a famous ruler from the House of Wettin. Members of the Saxon nobility often resided here. The influence of the Renaissance remains visible in many architectural details at castle.

Both its use as a noble residence and its use as a government administrative building greatly influenced the historical development of the castle complex. The poet August Friedrich Ernst Langbein descends from the dynasty of the Langbein family, who were the Electoral Officials at Klippenstein Castle in the 18th and early 19th centuries. It was not until 1952 that the district court was moved to another location, thus ending the era of the castle´s use as a government administrative building and clearing the way for it to house the heritage museum. All of these eras have left their mark on the castle.

Today, Klippenstein Castle attracts numerous visitiors by its museum of the history of the castle and its surrounding town. It is a cultural center for the Radeberg region, offering a wide range of events and exhibitions, rental opportunities, guided tours and educational programs for children.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Rolf Gerhardt (3 months ago)
Ein schöner Tag heute dort nicht soviel Leute und der Museumsbesuch war sehr lehrreich trotz Corona .Maske tragen war natürlich Pflicht dort gewesen
Ra Ku (4 months ago)
Very informative on the history of Radeberg. Excellent appreciation and presentation of old and in some cases almost extinct professions and technologies.
Sabine Danner (4 months ago)
Wunderschönes Schoß
Adrian G. (4 months ago)
Our "first visit" to Klippenstein Castle took place on Sunday, September 13th, 2020. Surprisingly, there was free entry on this Sunday! Access via Hütter car park, about 1 km hike through the beautiful Hüttertal. The "castle mill" in front of the castle offers the opportunity for a snack or even a tour of the still functioning "mill works." The castle itself is well worth a visit. It houses documents of Saxon history, about the urban development of Radeberg, and a few beautiful paintings can be seen. Already in the entrance area, friendly staff made contact with the arriving visitors, explained the route and hygiene regulations. Sanitary no. very clean, disinfectant tank available
Regina Hoyer (2 years ago)
Für eine Kleinstadt ein schöner Ort für Besichtigung, um über die Geschichte der Stadt vieles zu erfahren. Auch für Kinder interessant. Es wird alte Handwerkskunst gezeigt.
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