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Of landgraves, kings and emperors

Eckartsburg from above Eckartsberga

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

Start your day trip as Landgrave of Thuringia and climb the mighty keep of the romantic castle complex in Eckartsberga. From there you can let your gaze wander far into the country 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 draw the eye there again and again.

Via the Finne mountain range you reach the Unstrut valley and immerse yourself in the medieval everyday life of the 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 is easy to follow thanks to the remains of two monastery churches (10th and 13th centuries). Above all, a late Romanesque crypt is the secret tip here. A midday snack or a piece of homemade cake from the monastery shop provides refreshment for the journey on to the most powerful castle complex on the Saale and Unstrut rivers.

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.

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

Contact II
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

Contact III
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

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