April - October:
Tues. - Sun. and public holidays: 10.00 am to 05.00 pm
November - March:
Tues.-Fri.: 10.00 am to 4:30 pm
Sat., Sun. and public holidays: 01.00 to 05.00 pm
Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Allstedt Castle: Imperial palace and Reformation site:
The Pfalz (palace) Allstedt was officially mentioned for the first time in the Hersfelder Zehntverzeichnis (tithe records) under the name of Alstediburg at the end of the 9th century. The Pfalz, which was most likely built in the Carolingian Age, used to be the residence of German kings and emperors. Almost every king and emperor from Ottonian, Salian and Staufer dynasties visited the Pfalz.
Under Otto II, Allstedt even was the most visited Pfalz 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 Staufer dynasty was the last monarch of the Holy Roman Empire who stayed in Allstedt.
During the 13th and 14th centuries Allstedt's significance waned. Under the direction of the Noble Lords of Querfurt the complex was converted into a fortified castle during the 14th and 15th centuries. In the 16th century, Prince-Elector Friedrich the Wise initiated the conversion of the palace into a Renaissance castle and starting in 1691 it was transformed into a Baroque castle complex.
The reconstruction of the lower bailey (German: Vorschloss) was finished in the 18th century; the last modifications were carried out in the second half of the 19th century.
Today's castle complex make it possible to experience the entire history of its construction and how it was used from the 13th century to the 19th century. The late medieval castle is unique with its Court Chamber on the ground floor and its impressive castle kitchen, which is one of the most notable and largest in Europe. Since it has one of the largest castle fireplaces in German castle construction; it is one of the main attractions to see in Allstedt Castle and palace.
The Castle and the Palace of Allstedt is an authentic place where the theologian and reformer Thomas Müntzer was active and worked and it is also a place of international renown with regards to the history of the Reformation. He delivered his famous Sermon to the Princes here. He was the first Reformer to celebrate a completely German-language divine service and his writing and lyrics had a lasting influence on the German language.
An exhibition focuses on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who visited Allstedt several times when he was the minister of state from 1776 to 1782. Goethe wrote three acts of his famous classical play Iphigenia in Tauris in Allstedt.
In addition to the building's history and how it was used in the past, visitors today can find out more about the reformer Thomas Müntzer’s time in Allstedt and the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. An excellent collection of 19th century ornamental iron casting is also put on display here.
As a "living" museum Allstedt Castle offers a diverse cultural programme. You can find out more online at: www.schloss-allstedt.de or by telephone: +49 (0)34652/519; Fax: 49 (0)34652/67754. You can also send us an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org