History

The cradle of Saxony

After, in 929, King Henry I had had a wooden fortress built on a rock towering above the Elbe, Meissen became the center of the march of the same name bordering on the eastern territories still under Slavic control. The margrave ruled over the entire Margraviate of Meissen and resided in the previous building of Meissen Albrechtsburg Castle which was to go down in history as »the cradle of Saxony«.

Germany's first castle arises

Meissen Albrechtsburg Castle is Germany’s first castle complex the fortifying character of which faded into the background in favor of becoming a representative place of residence. Being Germany's oldest castle, Meissen Albrechtsburg Castle was a trendsetter in its time. Its overwhelming architectural solutions in the late-Gothic style have already been marveled at by contemporaries. 

An architectural masterpiece

The palace building was erected between 1471 and 1524 by order of the Wettin brothers Ernst and Albrecht who jointly ruled over the Duchy of Saxony. Thereby, it was of prime importance to design the new representative administration center as a sign of power and wealth. Yet, the castle was also to serve as a stately residence and a place where two separate courts could be held.
The master builder Arnold von Westfalen was commissioned with the building. He created a castle that set European standards, a trendsetter in terms of architecture, unique in spatial structure, statics, vaulting as well as window and staircase design.

Contact

Meissen Albrechtsburg Castle

Domplatz 1 | 01662 Meißen

+49 (0) 3521 4707-0
albrechtsburg@schloesserland-sachsen.de

Opening hours

March to October

  • daily: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

November to February

  • daily: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Dec 24/25: closed
  • Jan 1: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

 

Subject to modifications.

Ticket rates

  • Full rate 8,00 EUR
  • Reduced rate 4,00 EUR

Ticket rates for the permanent exhibition 

  • Full rate: EUR 8.00
  • Reduced rate: EUR 4.00
  • 2 adults and up to 4 children: EUR 18.00
  • 1 adult and up to 2  children: EUR 10.00
  • Group rate (15 people and more): EUR 6.50 per person
  • Group rate for pupils (10 people and more): EUR 3.00 per person
  • Annual ticket: EUR 16.00
  • Reduced annual ticket: EUR 8.00
  • Annual ticket for families: EUR 36.00

Audio guide (German, English, Czech, French, Italian, Polish, Russian; children's audio guide in German) included. Written guide for deaf people available.

Combined ticket: Meissen Albechtsburg Castle and Meissen Porcelain Manufactory 

  • Full rate: EUR 14.00 
  • Reduced rate: EUR 7.00
  • Family rate*: EUR 30.00 

Combined ticket: Meissen Albrechtsburg Castle and Meissen Cathedral

  • Full rate: EUR 10.00
  • Reduced rate: EUR 5.50
  • Family rate*: EUR 25.00

The combined ticket is valid three days in a row.

Guided tours:

  • 1 h: EUR 3.00
  • 1.5 h: EUR 4.50

Free admission:

  • Children aged 5 or younger
  • People visiting the castle on their birthday
  • Accompanying adults of severly disabled people (entry »B« iin the disability pass)
  • Tour guides
  • Tour bus drivers accompanying a tour group
  • 1 accompanying adult per 10 pupils
  • Journalists for reporting purposes (valid identification required)
  • Holders of the schloesserlandPASS

Photo permit

  • EUR 2.00

Subject to modifications.