Burg Lauenstein (Germany)

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Rumor has it that Burg Lauenstein is the preferred residence of the "White Woman" ...
The picturesque Schieferburg is located in the north of the Franconian Forest, in the Franconian Rennsteig region.

Lauenstein Castle is a medieval hill fort located in the Thuringian-Franconian Slate Mountains. Originally, the rule Lauenstein belonged to the territory of Orlagau. After the first millennium, the area was colonized on the upper reaches of the Saale (tributary Loquitz) by monks of the Benedictine monastery Saalfeld. The castle Lauenstein represented a stately center in the former clearing area dar.

The legend of Mantelburg tells that Burg Lauenstein was already built by King Konrad I in 915 as a bulwark against encroaching Sorbs and Wends. It is believed that the oldest buildings date back to the 12th century. In the first written mention of 1222 Lauenstein is in connection with "Henricus de Lewinstein", probably called "Henry of Könitz". Around 1250 Lauenstein reached the counts of Orlamünde. Finally, in 1506, the rule fell to the Knights of Thüna over the Counts of Schwarzburg and the Counts of Mansfeld. In the years 1551 to 1554 was under "Christoff von Thüna" known as Thünabau main part of the castle built. The well-known Thünabau is a notable example of Central German Renaissance. The Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach-Bayreuth bought 1622 castle and rule Lauenstein, this fell in 1791 to Prussia and 1803 to Bavaria. In the year 1896 the castle romantic dr. Erhard Messmer the completely neglected castle complex, had it renovated and refurbished. Since 1962 the plant is owned by the Free State of Bavaria. Today, the main castle has a museum with over 20 showrooms that can be visited as part of a guided tour. The exhibition rooms are extensively equipped with collections of locks and keys, lighting fixtures, furniture from the 15th to 19th centuries, weapons and armor. In the premises of the outer bailey, a hotel was created with more than 30 accommodation options, where today the castle continues to live. It is rumored that Burg Lauenstein is the preferred residence of the "White Lady". The legend tells that this restless spirit in a white robe is Katharina von Orlamünde, who was born in the 14th century at Lauenstein Castle and ... Natives report, even today she is to be seen on certain occasions at Burg Lauenstein !!! Another highlight is the Lauenstein Castle Festival. The small town of Lauenstein is set in a medieval setting over the festive season. Let yourself be surprised by jugglers, mercenaries and a certain medieval ambience. The castle festival takes place every two years on the 4th weekend in June.

Opening hours:
April 1 to September 30 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (last tour at 5:00 pm); October 1 to March 31 from 10:00 to 16:00 (last tour at 15:00). Closed on Monday.

Adults 4, - Euro; reduced 3, - Euro; Children under 18 years accompanied by adult free. Groups of 15 persons 3, - Euro per person. Registration for groups (from 15 persons).

Last update 2019

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Latitude: 50.5132925
Longitude: 11.3693474
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