Am Rossplan 08, Altenburg, Thuringia, 04600, Germany
More about Altenburg
2. Cyclists by the park
4. Train to Altenburg in Leipzig main station
1. Altenburg train station, built 1876
3. Evening at the Market Square
Travel Tips for Altenburg
1. A derelict building in Pauritzer Straße
2. Two buildings across from the theater
3. What used to be an optician's shop
One effect of the decline in Altenburg's population is that the city has dozens or perhaps even hundreds of empty buildings in various states of disrepair. Some are boarded up, some are bricked up, some are quietly crumbling -- but some have been very nicely restored and renovated in recent years.
Often you can see a decrepit derelict building right next to a carefully renovated one, as in my second photo, which shows two buildings just across the street from the theater.
The third photo is a closer view of one of these buildings, showing what used to be an optician's shop. The word Nachruf on the door does not (in this case) mean that somebody has died, but is rather a protest about the demolition of a beloved old dance hall.
In my travelogue Side by side I have collected some more examples of derelict buildings next door to nicely renovated ones, or just across the street.
Climate in Altenburg
Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 7 – 18°C ( 46 - 64°F ); min: 0 - 7°C ( 32 - 45°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 23°C ( 70 - 74°F ); min: 11 - 13°C ( 51 - 55°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 18°C ( 43 - 64°F); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 – 49°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 1 – 3°C ( 34 - 38°F); min: -3 - 0°C ( 27 - 32°F )
500 years of playing cards in Altenburg
The first manufacturer of playing cards began production in Altenburg in the year 1509. Cards have been produced here ever since by a succession of workshops and companies. And, as I have already mentioned, the card game "Skat" was invented in Altenburg around 1810, so Altenburg likes to advertise itself as the "Skatstadt" or Skat City.
Today playing cards are manufactured here under the brand name ASS Altenburger, which claims to be the market leader in Germany. In 2002 the Altenburg playing card factory was acquired by the international playing card company Carta Mundi, which is based in Turnhout, Belgium.
Up in Altenburg palace there is a museum dealing with all this. Unfortunately I have never arrived early enough to go in, but the opening hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30 to 17:00, last admission at 16:30.
1. Seckendorffsches Palais
2. Auf dem Brühl
This baroque building was erected from 1721 to 1725 on behalf of the Field Marshall Friedrich Heinrich von Seckendorff (1673 - 1763).
Its most famous resident was the publisher F.A. Brockhaus, who lived here from 1810 - 1817. (Today there is still a Brockhaus publishing company, and the best-known German encyclopedia is known as The Brockhaus.)
My second photo shows the square "Auf dem Brühl" with the Seckendorffsches Palais at the corner.
Welcome to ALTENBURG
Altenburg is situated 45 km (28 mi) south of Leipzig and is well-known as Skat-City. It was first mentioned in 976 and became capital of the duchy Saxony-Altenburg in 1603. After World War One it became part of the state of Thuringia.
In Altenburg playing cards have been manufactured for over 400 years and since 1927 the Skat Court has its headquarter in Altenburg and judges in disputes referring to the game.
Popular Hotels in Altenburg
View all Altenburg hotels
View all Altenburg hotels
Latest Altenburg hotel reviews
- Hotel Astor
- 5 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 30, 2012