Just 20km's from Rudolstadt, but in the opposite direction to my other "OBT" tips, is the pretty town of Schwarzburg.
As the name suggest's, there is a castle of Schwarzburg known as the Black Castle. The Town is high up, and we found a good view point overlooking the valley. From the Town, we could see the Castle.
I didn't visit the Castle, but did have a small look at this town, and what I saw, I liked! It is another one, with quite a few unusual half-timbered buildings and I think it was worth more time spent there, than I had!
Grosskochberg is located about 12kms from Rudolstadt. The drive to the village is quite pretty.
Arriving at the village, we found the Kochberg Castle, and a very pretty little village, full of half-timbered house's. I really enjoyed walking around here. It was nice and quiet, no tourist buses here! There is an old 15th century Church, with a carved wood Altar.
We went for a short drive from Rudolstadt and came across Castle Kochberg at Grosskochburg.
It was set in a really nice location.
The castle was built in 1600 and has been restored and opened as a Museum in 1975. I didn't go into the Museum as I wasn't interested on what it was about.
The Museum has information about Charlotte von Stein and her family, the connections of Goethe, Schiller and others, AND Kochberg history of the castle and the village. The castle complex includes a small Theatre in which concerts, theatre productions and readings are held regularly in the summer months.
OPEN.....10 - 6PM DAILY......CLOSED ON MONDAY'S
CLOSED....NOVEMBER - MARCH
Follow route 85 from Rudolstadt, and then turn into Route L2391, and you are there, approx 12kms.
This small Church was built as a simple Cemetery Chapel in the 11th century. In 2009, it was restored with the roof and exterior walls covered with real Thuringian slate.