Schloss 8
06542 Allstedt


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Opening hours:
Tues. - Sun. and public holidays: 10 am to 5 pm


November - March:
Tues.-Sun.: 10 am to 4:30 pm
Sat., Sun. and public holidays: 1 pm to 5 pm
Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.


Allstedt Castle: Kaiserpfalz and Reformation Site:


At the end of the 9th century the Pfalz (palace) Allstedt is first mentioned in the Hersfelder Zehntverzeichnis (tithe register) under the name of Alstediburg. The Pfalz (palace), probably built in the Carolingian age, used to be a residence German kings and Holy Roman emperors. Almost every king and emperor from Ottonian, Salian and Staufen dynasties visited the Pfalz (palace).


Under Otto II, Allstedt was the most visited Pfalz (palace) in the then Duchy of Saxony. General assemblies, Imperial Diets and charters issued in the 10th to 12th centuries demonstrate the political importance of Allstedt within the Empire. Philipp von Schwaben of the Staufen dynasty was the last monarch of the Holy Roman Empire who stayed in Allstedt.


Allstedt lost its significant role in the 13th and 14th centuries. The Edelherren von Querfurt (Querfurt-based magnates) converted the complex into a counter-castle in the 14th and 15th centuries. In the 16th century Elector Friedrich the Wise initiated the conversion of the palace into a Renaissance castle; from 1691 on it turned into a Baroque castle.


The reconstructions of the castle front were finished in the 18th century, the last modifications were carried out in the second half of the 19th century.


Today's castle complex exhibits its constructional history and its historical use from the 13th century up until the 19th century. The late medieval palas is unique. The parlour and the impressive castle kitchen, which is one of the most important and largest in Europe, can be found on the ground floor. The castle chimney is the largest in German castle construction and is one of the main attractions in Allstedt Castle.


As Allstedt Castle is one of the authentic places where the theologian and reformer Thomas Müntzer operated from, it is of international significance for the history of the Reformation. He delivered his famous Sermon to the Princes here. As the first reformer he held an all-German service and had a lasting impact on the German language with his writings and lyrics.


An exhibition focuses on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who visited Allstedt several times in his role as minister of state during the years 1776 and 1782. Goethe wrote three acts of his important classical play Iphigenia in Tauris in Allstedt.


In addition to the building history and the historical use of the castle, today visitors can find out more about the reformer Thomas Müntzer’s time in Allstedt as well as the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. An excellent collection of 19th century iron casting is also on display.


As a “lively” museum Allstedt Castle offers a diverse cultural programme. You can find out more online: or by telephone: +49 (0)34652/519; Fax: 49 (0)34652/67754. You can also send us an email: