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Altenburg

A June 1999 trip to Altenburg by rdale

Quote: A description of a real tourist "sleeper" in eastern Germany. A small city about forty kilometers due south of Leipzig that is unknown to most tourists but is historically important, well-preserved, and friendly.

Altenburg

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Overview

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-The schloss, home to the Dukes of Altenburg-Saxony and a favorite retreat of Frederic Barbarossa. It's now a very nice and well-run museum, both of the history of the area and of Skat, an ancient but still-popular card game that has its origins in Altenberg. -The Skat factory and school -The square, surrounded by nicely preserved buildings, including churches dating back more than 500 years, nice local restaurants, bakeries, and stores (including a toy store my kids loved!) -The local beer, brewed locally and very tasty -Friendly people who don't see many touristsQuick Tips: Don't miss the whole tour of the schloss; you can see some of it without a guide but the ...Read More

Der Kunst

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Restaurant

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We were walking around town in a drizzling rain looking for someplace to eat and stumbled on this local pub, across the street from a historic landmark, the Kunst Turm. It was full of local men drinking beer and smoking cigarettes; when my mother-in-law asked if we could come in, the big blond waitress said 'yah, sure!' While we waited for our schnitzel and pfferlingen, I enjoyed several bottles of the local beer, Altenburgerpils, a light pilsner that was very tasty. The portions of food were huge; we ended up taking much of it home. My schnitzel was great, and my wife loved the pfferlingen, or mushrooms, that are a local speciality. And the prices were amazingly low; five of us ate, drank quite ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2000

Der Kunst
Across from Kunst Turm
Altenburg, Germany

Altenburg Schloss

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Attraction

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The Altenburg Schloss was the ancestral home of the Dukes of Altenburg-Saxony, in south-eastern Germany. Altenberg is a small city between Leipzig and Dresden, about 50 kilometers from the Czech border, and as such is very strategic. During the Middle Ages, the schloss was a favorite destination for the empereror Frederick Barbarossa. The schloss was owned by the family until 1943, when it was given to the city as a museum. They have maintained and upgraded it faithfully, and it is a very interesting tour. Parts of it are open without a guide, including some of the family rooms, weapons displays, a nice clock museum, and the Museum of Skat, where a locally originating card game has been played fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2000

Altenburg Schloss

Altenburg, Germany

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Story/Tip

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Last summer I was fortunate enough to stumble on a little known city that turned out to be a real 'sleeper': a town we visited through an odd circumstance, which was totally off any tourist tracks but was a wonderful experience. This was the town of Altenburg, in the former East Germany. Altenburg is about 25 miles due south of Leipzig, and time and tourism alike have passed it by. I was there only through circumstance; my mother-in-law, who lives in Berlin most of the year, owned some houses there and so we, in the midst of a month-long tour and family visit, drove her to Altenburg so she could check on 'zie properties.' We drove in from Berlin, a quick trip of about three hours despite ...Read More

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