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Dornburg Castles Travel Guide

Rokoko-Schloss, Dornburger Schlösser (© ArtHdesign - Fotolia.com)
The Rococo Castle.

Introduction

The Dornburger Schlösser are three stately homes on a hill overlooking the Saale River in Dornburg-Camburg, 11 km north of Jena. They were the possession of the Dukes of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.

Renaissanceschloss, Dornburger Schlösser (photo by Zacke82 - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)
The Renaissance Castle.

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Description

The Alte Schloss (old castle) is an eclectic mix of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque styles and is the larger of the three. The Renaissanceschloss (Renaissance castle) was built in 1539 in replacement of a 14th-century manor house. The Italian-style Rokokoschloss (Rococo castle), erected in 1774, is the smallest but also the prettiest. It is more a villa or a pavilion than an actual castle.

A common park for the three castles was laid in the 18th and 19th centuries based on the French and English landscape gardening techniques. A terrace, open all year round, offers spectacular views of the Saale valley.

In 1828, following the death of his patron, Grand Duke Carl August, Goethe retired for two months to the Renaissance Castle.


Park, Dornburger Schlösser (photo by Zacke82 - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)
The Baroque park.

Opening Hours & Admission

The castle is open daily (except Wednesdays) from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from April to October.

A combined ticket for all three castles costs 4 € for adults, 3 € for concessions, and 1.5 € for children until 16 years old. A ticket for a single castle costs respectively 2.5 / 2 / 1 €.

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