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  • Mon Plaisir - My Pleasure

    In Arnstadt you can see the ruin of the 16th century castle Neideck, a lovely town centre with an interesting fountain - a knight is guarding the water there - but additionally it also houses a very special exhibition: Mon Plaisir, not only a doll's house, but a complete doll's village.Duchess Auguste Dorothea von Schwarzburg-Arnstadt started this...

  • Bach Church

    The St Boniface Church was destroyed by fire in 1581. The New Church (Neue Kirche) was built on the site from 1676 to 1683. When Johann Sebastian Bach was 18 years old he was appointed organist to the church in 1703 and left in 1707. The inside of the church contains the organ used Johann Sebastian Bach. As the fame of Bach grew the name of the...

  • Neutorturm

    The Neutorturm (New Tower) dates from about 1418 and formed part of the towns’ defences. Vehicles still drive under the tower today but because of its size it acts as a width barrier. The City Walls, of which a large part survives adjoined the tower

  • Jakobsturm and Riedtor

    The Riedtor first mentioned in 1369 stands next to the Jakobsturm to the south of the centre of the town. The tower contains a Glockenspiel that plays every 2 hours between 1100 – 1900 hours and is the bell tower of the demolished Pilger-kirche St Jacobus. The gate was dubbed the Gateway to the Thuringian Forest and was on a pilgrimage route to the...

  • Liebfrauenkirche

    The 800 year old Liebfrauenkirche (Church of the Holy Lady) stands just off one end of the Market Square, with its twin towers at the western end.

  • Ruins of Schloss Neideck

    The Schloss Neideck was the original castle and palace for the House of Schwarzburg-Arnstadt. It was built on the site of an older castle between 1553 and 1560. What remains now is the restored bell tower, moat and park, with the rest of the castle being just ruins. There is a model that illustrates what the original castle looked like. The castle...


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    Jacobsturm, Arnstadt

    by ATLC Written May 17, 2009

    This is a bakery annex tearoom, directly under the Jacobsturm (tower) where the "Glockenspiel" (carillon) plays. We ate two different kinds of cakes with a cup of coffee each, while listening.

    Favorite Dish: Coffee was cheap but otherwise unremarkable (at € 1.30 per cup, quite cheap) and rhubarb cake and a cheesecake with poppy seed at € 1.25 each. The lot was much better than the actual carillon music!

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    I must pay more than 5 euros a day for a hire car

    by alancollins Written Nov 28, 2007

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    Favorite thing: When I visited Arnstadt I was fortunate enough to have a hire car. I used a car park then visited the town centre. I'm not sure why and its unusual for me but I could not remember the way back to the car park. Fortunately and I'm not sure how widespread it is but the car park ticket had a tear off part that had the location of the car park printed on it. So it was only a question of asking for directions back to the car park.

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