Altenburg Travel Guide

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Altenburg Things to Do

  • Theater flatrate

    Flatrate is one of those English words that has very quickly become a part of the German language, so much so that most Germans couldn't spontaneously tell you any other word for it. (There is a German word Pauschalangebot which means more or less the same thing, but it doesn't sound nearly as suave.)This poster on the Altenburg Theater says: Be a...

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  • Theater posters: ABO = Subscription

    Photos:1. The female version2. One of the male versions3. The other male versionWhen I was in Altenburg in 2009 the whole town was full of posters advertising theater subscriptions for the combined theaters of Altenburg and Gera.The posters came in pairs. On one side of the cylindrical advertising column (known in Germany as a Litfaßsäule) there is...

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  • City Hall and Market Square

    Photos:1. Rathaus (City Hall)2. Balcony of the City Hall3. Evening at the Market SquareThe Renaissance-style City Hall was built on the Market Square from 1561 to 1564, and is still used by the city administration.The restaurant "Ratskeller" is located in the City Hall, with additional outdoor seating on the Market Square when the weather permits.

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  • Seckendorffsches Palais

    Photos:1. Seckendorffsches Palais2. Auf dem BrühlThis 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...

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  • Lindenau Museum

    Photos:1. Lindenau Museum2. Plaster cast of an antique statue in Hotel Astor3. Poster about the Lindenau MuseumThe Lindenau Museum was named after the statesman, scholar and art collector Bernhard August von Lindenau (1779 - 1854), who donated his large private art collection and library to the museum shortly before his death.The museum includes...

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  • 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...

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  • Tea House in the Palace Park

    Photos:1. The empty Tea House2. Sign on the Tea HouseAt the highest point in the Palace Gardens there is a "Tea House", now empty and boarded up, which was built from 1706 to 1712 on orders of Duke Friedrich II. of Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg.At the same time, the old castle was being expanded into an imposing palace and the hilltop garden was being...

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  • Schlosspark

    Photos:1. Schlosspark = Palace Park2. Friedrich Schiller monumentBehind the palace, the rest of the hilltop is taken up by the attractive Palace Park (Schlosspark), where there is also a small monument to the dramatist and historian Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805).Schiller never set foot in Altenburg, as far as I know, but he spent much of his adult...

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  • Prinzenraub Festival

    Photos:1. Poster advertising the festival2. Bleachers set up in the palace courtyardWhen I visited Altenburg in 2009 they were just taking down the bleachers that had been set up in the palace courtyard for an open-air spectacle depicting one of the most exciting historical events -- well, probably the only exciting historical event -- that ever...

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  • Bach in Altenburg

    Photos:1. The Palace Church in Altenburg2. Construction site exhibition in Leipzig3. Text about Altenburg In September 1739 the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) came to Altenburg to try out the new organ that had just been built in the Palace Church by Gottfried Heinrich Trost.By coincidence I found out more about this when I went...

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  • Altenburg Castle/Palace

    Photos:1. Altenburg Castle/Palace2. Archway to enter the Palace groundsUp on a hill overlooking Altenburg is the Palace complex. It started a thousand or more years ago as a castle and then in the eighteenth century was transformed into a palace to serve as the Residence of the Dukes of Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg, who were the absolute rulers here and...

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  • Heizhaus = heating house

    One of the new things in Altenburg since my previous visit in 2003 is the Heizhaus.Actually it was there all the time, but was just a nondescript old building with a furnace in it. Now they have transformed it into a small theater for alternative, experimental productions. They even put on small operas there, such as The Rape of Lucretia by...

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  • The Dead City, by Erich Wolfgang...

    Photos:1. Side view of the Altenburg Theater2. Looking up towards the churchMy first visit to Altenburg was in 2003, when I saw a very good performance by the combined Gera/Altenburg theater company of the opera Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957).This is an opera that Korngold completed in 1920, when he was only...

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  • The Altenburg Theater

    Photos:1. The Altenburg Theater2. From just up the road3. The front entranceThis neo-Renaissance theater building from the year 1871 was originally modeled after the Semper Opera in Dresden.The front entrance, however, was added in 1904/05 and makes this theater look quite different.It's not a big theater. There are only 536 seats, but that's...

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  • Markt

    The main square in the old town, enjoyed a walk around here and a stop for a quick beer in a cafe opposite the town hall.

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Altenburg Hotels

  • Parkhotel am Grossen Teich

    August-Bebel-Strasse 16 - 17, Altenburg, Thuringia, 04600, Germany

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Engel

    Johannisstrasse 27, Altenburg, Thuringia, 04600, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Astor

    Photos: 1. A derelict hotel in the same street 2. Hotel Astor 3. The inevitable parking lot 4....

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Altenburg Restaurants

  • Ratskeller

    Photos:1. Sign with their Special for the day2. Outdoor seating on the Market Square3. RatskellerLike most other German cities, Altenburg has a restaurant called the Ratskeller in the basement or ground floor of the City Hall.I don't know how this compares with other restaurants in Altenburg, because no others were open as far as I could see, but I...

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  • Excellent mushrooms!

    The closest restaurant to our hotel and immediately impressed by the specials on the menu outside - local mushrooms, good choice for Mrs Bonio (vegetarian). Anyway we were early evening vsitors so still quiet, but was filling up as we left. As I said the freshly cooked mushroom ragout was very good for Mrs B and pork steak with onions and potatoes...

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Altenburg Nightlife

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    by Leipzig Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    Built 1869-1871 as "Herzogliches Hoftheater" for the duchy of Sachsen-Altenburg, following Gottfried Semper's first Dresden opera house. It opened on April 16, 1871 with Weber's "Der Freischütz".

    Dress Code: formal clothes

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Altenburg Transportation

  • Airport

    Small airport just outside town and close to the village of Nobitz. Used by Ryanair with flights from(May 2008) London and Barcelona.A bus connects with flights from and to Leipzig and Altenburg

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  • Cycling in Altenburg

    Photos:1. Cycling in Altenburg2. Cyclists by the park3. Bicycle route signs at the stationOK, I didn't see huge numbers of cyclists in Altenburg, but I didn't see huge numbers of motorists or pedestrians, either, since the streets were mostly quite empty.From Altenburg there are signposted bicycle routes leading in all directions, for instance to...

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  • Bicycle rentals

    The one place I know of for bicycle rentals in Altenburg is the Peter Mende bike shop on Gabelenzerstraße, just across from the Lindenau Museum and several blocks downhill from the railroad station. There are no bicycle rentals at the station itself.In addition to this shop in Altenburg, Peter Mende also has bicycle shops in the nearby towns of...

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Altenburg Local Customs

  • German-Turkish Society

    There are only 582 foreigners living in Altenburg, that's 1.6 % of the current population of 35,735.Some of them have formed this society called the Deutsch -Türkischer Kultur und Schuldnerhilfeverein e.V. (German-Turkish Cultural and Debtors' Assistance Society). From the name of the society you can see where some of these foreigners come from and...

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  • Buildings under repair (or not) in...

    Photos:1. Derelict buildings in Wettinerstraße2. Another derelict villa across the street3. For Sale sign on the old villaThe Wettinerstraße was no doubt a very impressive street in former times.It leads from the railroad station (built in 1876) to the Lindenau Museum (also built 1876), and was lined with imposing villas built by well-to-do local...

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  • Derelict buildings

    Photos:1. A derelict building in Pauritzer Straße2. Two buildings across from the theater3. What used to be an optician's shopOne 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...

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Altenburg What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    Miscellaneous:
    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 )

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Altenburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Bohlen Works

    One of the stops on the railroad line between Leipzig and Altenburg is called Bohlen Werke = Bohlen Works.This is an industrial area that was developed starting in 1920 to make use of the brown coal coming from nearby open-pit mines.Until 1990 well over six thousand people worked here, and most of them commuted by train to and from this station.Now...

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  • Christmas Market

    About 20 stalls and a nice Christmas tree with characters of famous German tales around. Situated in front of the town hall at market square. Prices in 2002:Glühwein: € 1.00 (less then average)Bratwurst: € 1.50 (about average)Quarkbällchen (Curd Balls): € 0.30 / piece (less then average)

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    by Leipzig Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The card game Skat was developed around 1811 by residents of Altenburg. It is a three-handed, thirty-two card game.
    The new game spread to the University in nearby Leipzig and from there was carried all over Germany. By 1876 immigrants had brought it to the United States.

    Here you can read the rules - ready to beat me - the Lord of Skat ;-)

    18 - 20 - 2 - 0 - 4 - yours

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