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Of landgraves, kings and emperors

Eckartsburg from above Eckartsberga

From castle to castle through Saale-Unstrut

Embedded in dreamlike landscapes, a castle-monastery-castle excursion offers wonderful historical and Romanesque insights into the Saale and Unstrut rivers.


The Eckartsburg

Start your day trip as the Landgrave of Thuringia and climb up the mighty keep of the romantic Castle complex in Eckartsberga. From there you can let your gaze wander far into the countryside and get an overview of Eckartsburg Castle. First mentioned in 1134, a small inner courtyard and a castle restaurant invite you to linger. Romanesque elements always draw the eye there.

An der Finne Municipality
House of the Guest / Tourist Information
Citizen's garden 1
06647 Bath Bibra
T 034465 701912

Eckartsburg Castle (c) Verbandsgemeinde An der Finne
Eckartsburg Castle (c) Verbandsgemeinde An der Finne

Memleben Monastery and Imperial Palace

Across the Finne mountain range you reach the Unstruttal and immerse yourself in the everyday life of a medieval monastery in Memleben. At the place where King Henry I and Emperor Otto the Great died, the development of architectural styles from Romanesque to Gothic can be easily understood through the remains of two monastery churches (10th and 13th century). A late Romanesque crypt in particular is an insider's tip here. A midday snack or a piece of homemade cake from the monastery shop provides refreshment for the onward journey to the mightiest castle complex on the Saale and Unstrut rivers.

Memleben Monastery and Imperial Palace Museum
Thomas-Müntzer-Strasse 48
06642 Imperial Palace OT Memleben
Opening hours
March 15 to October 31.
daily 10.00 to 18.00 hours
11/01 to 03/14.
10.00 to 16.00 hours
outdoor only

Memleben Monastery © Transmedial
Memleben Monastery © Transmedial

Querfurt Castle

Arrived at Querfurt Castle, a magnificent castle complex presents itself to you. As the largest castle in Central Germany, it even surpasses the famous Wartburg in Eisenach seven times in size. The oldest components date back to the 9th century. The castle church is particularly recommended for Romanesque pilgrims.

Querfurt Castle
06268 Cross ford
Opening hours
November - March
Monday closed
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
April - October
Closed on Mondays
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 -18:00

Castle_Querfurt (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Wolfgang Kubak
Castle_Querfurt (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Wolfgang Kubak
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