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...more
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...more
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 ThuringiaThe whole of the Monastery is used by the Museum.If it is open and you...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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 sidemore
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.more
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...more
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...more
What a lovely looking building was the Rathaus!It's no-where near as old as lots of building's in Saalfeld, as it was only built between the year's, 1529 and 1537.The style of this Rathaus, is an early example of the Saxon-Thuringian Renaissance architecture. Set in a nice position, overlooking the Market Place, it has a keel arched gate, where the...more
This is a very old Tower house buildilng is located in the Market Place.Built in 1180, this building was built in a prime position in the Town, near the Market, the Town Hall and the Church, as residing here, was to be, the Town Mayor!Inside, it had a Cellar and a fortified ground floor.In 1681, the first pharmacy moved into the Romanesque building...more
Just 18kms away from Saalfeld, is the Town of Leutenberg.
Located here is Schloss Friedensburg, which is now a Hospital.
The Main interest for me, was the town is on the "slate route," and we saw building's entirely different to anywhere else in Germany.
They were built out of the dark grey slate found in the Franconian-Thuringian Slate Mountains.
Do you remember using a slate board and and slate pencils?
The Town is quite interesting with a nice Rathaus, Church and many other building's.
This is an area for hiking in the great outdoor's.
Located 18kms from Saafeld by following Route 85, and then route 90.