Kriebstein Travel Guide

  • Kriebstein Castle
    Kriebstein Castle
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  • Swing bridge over River Zschopau
    Swing bridge over River Zschopau
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  • River Zschopau
    River Zschopau
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Kriebstein Things to Do

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    by nessa_gnatoush Updated Aug 19, 2007

    It is almost menacing how the mighty castle towers on a high rock 45m above the turbulent river Zschopau. This is how people imagine a knight's castles. After its complete renovation, Kriebstein castle with its ochre plaster is considered to be the most beautiful gothic castle in Saxony.
    The 600-year-old building, access to which leads up the steepest road in Saxony, excels above all with its wonderful wall painting from the Gothic and Romanesque periods, the painted wooden ceilings, The "Kriebsteinzimmer" and, the last but not least, a treasure vault.

    What you can see there? Living tower with well-presented interior furnishing, castle chapel, interiors from the Late Gothic to the Neo-Gothic periods, and special exhibition of the small models of castles from different European places.

    Admission: 3 euro (2 euro for students; family ticket - 10 euro).

    May to October: Tue-Fri 09:00-17:00, Sat, Sun and holidays 10:00-17:30
    mid February to mid April, November: Tue-Sun + holidays 10:00-16:00

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    • Museum Visits
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel

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Kriebstein Off The Beaten Path

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    by balhannah Written Dec 8, 2013

    Our first view of the Castle was it sitting a-top a stony crag, way above the River Zschopau.

    Once at the Castle, we could see the River had a few rapids and there was a weir by the Castle and a swing bridge. We didn't walk over the bridge, but you can! You may get some nice photos with the water in-front of the Castle.

    From my readings, I believe before the Kriebstein Dam was built, the River nearer the Czech border was quite rough and dangerous for raftsmen travelling along the river. They were more than happy to arrive safely at Kriebstein Castle, as they knew from here on, the River was much calmer.

    These days, the River has been tamed and fills the Kriebstein reservoir at Kriebstein. Now a lovely area has been created and is used by campers, canoeists, rowers, for boat tours, children enjoying paddle-boats or just enjoying the quietness and wildlife.

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    • Camping
    • Rafting
    • Sailing and Boating

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    by balhannah Updated Dec 8, 2013

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    Arriving at the Castle on quite a cold morning we decided we needed a warm drink!
    After paying our admission, we walked across the courtyard to where the Castle Inn was situated.
    Outside, were plenty of tables with umbrellas, a little too cool for us, so we went inside and sat there.

    The Inn is called "Zum Hungerturm" and is available for lunch, afternoon tea or light refreshments.
    The inn seats 36 people and there is room outside.
    For us, it was Coffee and Cake, and a talk to the friendly staff.

    The castle inn is situated in the utility wing of the castle. Its name is derived from the tower integrated in the wall flank, known as the "Hungerturm" [Starving dungeon]. Prisoners were lowered into the Prison Tower whose entrance way was situated one floor above us. Nobody was left in prison to die, although they probably wished they could if in collar and chain and on a meager diet!

    Well, we enjoyed our German cake & coffee and learnt this about our surroundings. Then one of the staff set the old music box working for us as we were interested in it - how nice was that!

    You can have meals here. The selection and prices are good - see menu on website.

    OPENING HOURS
    Easter until end of October Tuesdays to Sundays and on public holidays 10:00am to 05:30pm

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    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Food and Dining

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    by balhannah Written Dec 8, 2013

    I am not sure whether the miniature display of different Castles was a permanent fixture or not.

    In one of the rooms, many Castles were on display in glass cabinets. Each were named and information was given on every Castle. I found it quite interesting! It was a chance to pick out Castles which you may or may not wish to see.

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Museum Visits
    • Castles and Palaces

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