Altenburg Castle

Die Altenburg - höchste Erhebung Bambergs (Feldrapp-pic-001)

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 mediaeval 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 Castle 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.

Please note: Due to road works on the road leading up to the castle (Altenburger Straße), visitors need to park their cars on the lower parking site and follow the foot path leading up to the castle through the woods (with steps) in 5 - 10 minutes. The road works will presumably take until the end of August 2019.   

The Castle Road

Bamberg liegt an der Burgenstraße, einer der beliebtesten Ferienstraßen Deutschlands. Von Mannheim bis Bayreuth, von Burg zu Burg, von Schlössern zu Palästen - lassen Sie sich entführen in eine längst vergangene Zeit der Ritter und Burgfräulein! Moderne Ausstellungen erwarten Sie heutzutage in vielen Burgen und zeigen das Leben und den Alltag unserer Vorfahren höchst unterhaltsam und interaktiv. Experience a journey back in time

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Die Burgenstraße DE HD (03:01)

Opening hours

09:00AM till 07:00PM

Altenburg
Altenburg 1
96049 Bamberg
Germany