Augustusburg Castle

From hunting lodge and summer palace to bikers’ paradise

Augustusburg Castle front view

Augustusburg Castle Gatehouse
When Augustus, the Elector of Saxony, had Augustusburg Castle built between 1568–1572, he chose the site well. The hunting lodge and summer residence can been seen from afar as it towers 516 m above the Zschopau valley perched on a hilltop of porphyritic igneous rock.

Even now, after more than 400 years, this monumental construction has lost none of its majesty. Its imposing position has led Augustusburg Castle to be known as the Crown of the Erzgebirge. Thanks to its grandeur and museums, today it is considered one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Central Europe.

Augustusburg Castle follows a strictly geometric layout marked by four square corner houses connected by buildings to enclose an inner courtyard. A similar design can be found in many 16th century castles.

Augustusburg Castle

It fits with the ideals of the Renaissance, those unique values thought by the Renaissance man to be the path to intellectual freedom and which made it possible to overcome centuries-old barriers shaped by faith and tradition.

This same attitude to life is echoed in the castle’s well-defined façades. The hunting lodge has two main areas, each with different functions:

The front half of the main castle was reserved for the Elector’s family and the royal court. To the rear of this were the outbuildings, including the well house, bake house and stables for 138 horses.


Renaissance meets bikes

Renaissance meets bikes

Ever since it became a museum in 1922, Augustusburg Castle has been home to high quality exhibitions – and with the arrival of the Motorcycle Museum it also became known as the “BIKERS’ CASTLE”. Other attractions include the Stage Coach Museum, the Museum of Hunting and Ornithology and the Castle Dungeon.

For those wanting to find out more about the castle’s history, a guided tour runs several times a day. The tour lasts about an hour and affords visitors not only a glimpse of the “Affenstube” (ape room), but also the chance to hear the castle organ and to take a closer look at the altarpiece by Lucas Cranach the Younger, which depicts the Elector’s family. The tour concludes with a visit to the well house where you can inspect the 130.6 m deep castle well.

Augustusburg Castle

Augustusburg Castle