This place is a true delight for all children, no matter what the age. As you wonder throug the woods, there are resting places, where you can hear the fairies and other little people talk to you. It is just a magical place.
Where does fantasy end and reality begin was the question I had to ask myself when we entered this chamber. I stood there in awe of our creators fantastic vision and creativity when he created earth for us to enjoy.
The hightlight for me visiting the town of Saalfeld is its Fairy Grottoes. In this caves, visitors, young and old, will be amazed by the colourful stalactite cave, which is open all year round. You become totally absorbed by this enchanting adventure and inspired by the beauty of the grottoes. Experience the unique atmosphere of the fairytale dome and enjoy a fascinating presentation of light and music. On themed evening tours you can explore the Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes following in the footsteps of the miners of yesteryear or accompanied by the Grotto Fairy.We were there during day time and was escorted by an elve.
When we arrive in a town, this is usually our first stop, especially if we haven't accommodation.
The staff here were friendly and helpful and found us good accommodation. I was given plenty of information and free pamphlet's.
Pick up the FREE WALKING TOUR MAP like I did. It gives all the information on the historic building's and things to see in the Town.
There is a lot to see in this town, and they do have the Thuringen tourist card.
OPEN....Monday - Friday..9-6pm & Saturday's...9 - 1pm
Looking for the City Museum, I found it in the former Franciscan monastery. It was shut, I was too late!
The Monastery, built in 1250, is the only surviving medieval monastery in eastern Thuringia, and house's one of the most important city, culture & history museums in Thuringia
The whole of the Monastery is used by the Museum.
If it is open and you can go inside, expect to see............
Cloisters, the capital hall with beamed ceiling, frescoes and stucco ceiling, now the concert hall.
Learn about the Pre and early history of the Franciscan, Thuringian Folklore, Natural history collection, coin collection and artwork including sacred works of art from different eras, furniture, textiles and consumer goods, handicrafts, folk art, costumes and uniforms.
OPEN....Tuesday - Sunday 10 - 5pm
ADMISSION.....Adults 2 euros.
This is the last of the medieval gate tower's I saw, and that was all of them [four]. The last one no longer exist's!
This gate Tower is also on the ancient trade route Nuremberg-Leipzig and is located on the southern side of Saalfeld. It was built in 1429 and damaged in the Great Fire of 1517.
It was rebuilt quickly because of its importance, and then it was destroyed again by another fire in 1727. Rebuilt again, and in 1738, a Cupola was added to the Tower.
The two gate towers were separated by the moat, on the inside of the mounting system was a bridge, which was in turn secured by mutual flank walls with battlements and loopholes.
This Gate Tower, built in the 14th century, was part of the old town wall's. It was through this Gate way, that people made their way into the old town to the Market's. According to historians, the word "Darrtor" may have come from the Slavic word "door", which would mean something like "the market".
This is the only Tower open to the public. You can climb to the top and have a panoramic view of the Old Town and of the Thuringian Slate Mountain range.
OPEN...Usually open from April to September from 1pm - 5pm.
Closed on Monday's.
It probably would be best to check with the Tourist Information centre.
The former City Pharmacy was built in 1617, and is another beautiful ornate building in Saalfeld. It was the residence of the Mint Master, Johann Jakob. The building is built in the late renaissance style and was used as a Pharmacy between 1747 to 1969.
The facade is decorated with ornament's, scrolls and allegorical figures.
This is another building that was originally built as an Inn in 1602, and then between 1660 and 1735 used as a city palace of the dukes of Saxony and Saxony-Altenburg - Saalfeld.
The Old Mint until 1846 housed the sovereign mint, until the centuries-old tradition of coinage in Saalfeld came to an end.
The building is the cream with red window frame's on the right hand side of my photo.
St. John's Protestant Church, is one of the largest late Gothic hall churches in Thuringia.
Martin Luther held a Church service here in 1530.
Would you believe this Church was 170 years in the making, and was only completed in 1515.
Among its special features include the outdoor pulpit at the south-west corner.
Inside the church, many grave stones have been preserved, and there are precious stained glass window's from the Middle Ages.
Evidently, the Bildschnitzarbeiten architecture is valuable and precious. The Saalfeld carver, Hans Gottwald made the church's life-size figure of "John the Baptist"
Opening times from May to October
Monday to Saturday 11 - 4pm
Sundays and holidays 1 - 4pm
November to April by appointment
I found Hiltmannsches House next to the Blakenburger Gate.
This was built as a medieval Town House in 1485. What I liked, was the ornate renaissance Bay window. During renovation's in 1929, an extra story was added to the house.
The House is in the photo by the gate on the right hand side
The Blankenburger gate is located to the north of the Town, and is believed to date back to 1380.
It was built as a medieval gate tower on the ancient trade route Nuremberg-Leipzig. In 1726, the baroque Cupola was added.
There is no public entry to the Gate Tower.
The Saaltor [also called Engelstor] gate, is the one we entered the Town through.
It is located at the eastern most point of the Town, and was the Gate built to protect the trade route over the River to Gera during the 15th century. It was considered the "Ehrensäule" (gate of glory) along the royal road between Nuremberg and Leipzig.
In the year 899, the name of a royal is first mentioned, and then in 1056, when the Archdiocese of Cologne took possession of the court, the Benedictine monastery was founded.
After its dissolution, an Office manager took over, and then some time after this, it was stormed by peasants and miners.
Duke Albrecht inherited the Castle in 1674 and made it his home. All the monastic buildings were demolished and in 1677, the foundation stone was laid for the construction of the residence.
The building is a three-wing complex which is painted in White and Red. There is a Baroque chapel
a castle garden with an orangery, royal stables and a bandstand.
After 1735 the castle was Saalfelder civic center and then the Mint in 1846. Today, the District Office is located in the old residence.
The Castle Kitzerstein was built around two semi courtyards.
Unfortunately, in 1517, both of the house's & farm's were destroyed by fire. Ritter Georg von Holbach bought the land, and Kitzerstein castle was built on it. The Castle is built in richly structured Renaissance style, and has the East and South wing's directly over the River Saale. Over the centuries, the castle had many owners.
In 1948, it was accessible to the public, and since 1955, it is home to the Music School.