The view is incredible from the town tower! Before you groan at the thought of having to climb all of those steps to get to the top, let me assure you that that have a reliable elevator with a guide. You only have to pay 2 Euro, while he tells you all about the tower's history when you ride up, and more about it when you finally decide to go back down.
Unlike many castles, this is a stand-alone tower, that is detached from the Vorderburg Castle.
The more simplistic the churches appear in Germany, the older they tend to be - with the exception of modern churches. This one was consecrated on September 20, 812 A.D. by the Archbishop of Mainz Richolf.
Inside is very plain, without the Gothic gigantic-ness, and leaves the church visitor with a more of a feeling of nearness to the preacher and the church. The alter was donated by the town royal patron Georg von Schlitz, which features himself in Armour and his wife nealing in prayer.
Most likely prior to the Reformation, there was a number of valuable alter pieces, chalices and hosties. But St. Margarite's in now Protestant - a very early Protestant church, which most likely means that during the Reformation the local gentry seized anything of value in the church and turned into money, supposedly as administrator, selling church wealth for the sake of the townspeople.
At any rate, this small church was rebuilt several times throughout the centuries, and typical for early churches, it is lain out precisely per compass. The Alter is exactly in the East - to welcome the Prince of Peace when He returned to assume the rule of His Kingdom on Earth. Early Christians assumed that Christ's 2nd Coming would be in the Year 1000 A.D.
This medievel caslte was built around 1600, and is the residential part that has been left over from the original castle that was built in the 12th century. All that's left from the true original castle is the keep tower which was built in 1181. The facade is typical renaissance, and just looking at the building makes you think of minstral singers and noble ladies listening from the windows. The red sandstone is typical for the region - it's one of the building materials that is fairly abundant in the regional hills. You can have a look inside the castle, which houses a museum. The museum displays artifacts from the history of linen weaving through the ages. They also have an interesting collection of knights' weapons, antique cooking utensils, and antique furniture. They even have one room dedicated to the former lords of Schlitz, the Duke of Schlitz, also known as Görtz. A romantic touch of this castle is that a Glockenspiel plays everyday from the castle tower at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
You can visit the castle museum everyday but Mondays from 2:00 pm until 4:00 p.m., from the begininning of April through the end of October.
An der Vorderburg 1, Schlitz, Bavaria, 36110, Germany
Maybe he got his inspiration from that wonderful Renaissance castle in the middle of town. It was the only thing missing in the historical picture, and now it's complete. Schlitz has a troubadour and his name is Michael von Richtberg, or better known to the Schlitzers as Michael Hoffkamp. He is often scene in the summer months playing in the town to the walk-by public for donations, unless he is off at some Renaissance fair or someone booked him for a private performance. Michael has a large repertoire of traditional German medieval music, and plays an instrument similar to the lute.
Every 2 years, Schlitz has a traditional costume festival. Thie next festival is scheduled for July 11-14, 2003. Not only the people from Schlitz attend this festival with their bright coloured tradtional costumes, but it also attracts all of the traditional dance and costume clubs of East Hesse. I find this event really interesting to see, because it shows that there are more varieties of traditional costumes other than the Drindl dress and the leather shorts (Lederhosen) which are well-known from Bavaria. In recent years, they have even invited people from all over the world to display their traditional costumes. In 2001 they had guests from as far away as Brasil and Buriatia.
Tourist Information is available from the Rathaus.
Address: An der Kirche 4, D-36110 Schlitz