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»FAT, ONE-EYED, REVOLUTIONARY – Three Wettins for A Thousand Stories«

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»Mysterious Drawings Scratched in the plaster«

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»Elisabeth of Rochlitz – The Unknown Heroine of the Reformation «

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History

The Imperial Castle of Rochlitz

The imperial castle of Rochlitz was built presumably in the mid-10th century as part of the castle complex in the March of Meissen. Around the turn of the millenia, the castle was given to the Ekkehardingers. The castle owes its first documented evidence in 1009 when it was burnt down by Margrave Gunzelin. When the property was transferred to Margrave Konrad I of Wettin in 1143, its time as the imperial castle of Rochlitz ended.

The Ascent of the Wettins

Rochlitz was to be connected during the following centuries with the ascent of the Wettins. Thanks to the consolidation of the country by Margrave Conrad’s son Dedo, the castle and bailiwick saw a steep rise from 1156. With the development of Rochlitz Castle to become a permanent residence by Margrave Wilhelm I at the end of the 14th century, the fortress was turned into »sloß« Rochlitz, i.e. Rochlitz palace. At the end of the 15th century, the Wettins Ernst and Albrecht further refurbished the castle as a widow’s seat for their sister, Duchess Amalia.

Elisabeath and the Reformation

One of the most important personalities of the Reformation had her widow’s seat also at Rochlitz Castle: Duchess Elisabeth of Rochlitz. Against the will of her father-in-law, Duke George the Bearded, and despite any other ill will, she immediately introduced the Reformation in the Rochlitz territory.

It became quiet about Rochlitz

Another comprehensive building stage followed towards the end of the 16th century when Christian I and his wife Sophie used the place as a hunting castle. At the time of the Baroque, people developed other conceptions of how to reside royally, and tranquility moved in. The office of Rochlitz, however, and the court remained. During the Thirty Year’s War the castle complex was bombarded, besieged and freed again, several times over.

Archive, Seat of the Law Court and Correctional Institution

In the mid-19th century, extensive building works started to accommodate the District and Local Courts. This was less beneficial for the royal apartments. Until German reunification, Rochlitz Castle remained the archive, court and penal institution. US-American troops also used it as a detention camp for soldiers of the Wehrmacht. It was later a base of operations for the Soviet NKVD and, during the times of the GDR, it housed the musical school for the district and a day care center.

Extensive Rehabilitation

In 1892 already, the teacher and local historian, Professor Clemens Pfau, was given the castle chapel as a display room for the History and Antiquity Society. Eventually, in 1995, when the castle went into the possession of the Free State of Saxony, its use as a museum was to be intensified. For that purpose, extensive reconstruction works were carried out until 2012.

Today’s visitors of Rochlitz Castle can gaze at the residential and representation rooms of the nobility again and travel back in time to long forgotten ages.

Contact

Rochlitz Castle

Sörnziger Weg 1 | 09306 Rochlitz

Property of State Palaces, Castles and Gardens of Saxony, non profit

+49 (0) 3737 4923-10
rochlitz@schloesserland-sachsen.de

Opening hours

Leisure activities and guided tours:

Museum

  • April 1 to November 5
  • Tue - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat, Sun, public holidays: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • October 3 and 10: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • last admission: 1 hr before closing

November 6,2017 to March 2018

  • closed

Subject to changes.

Subject to modifications.

Ticket rates

  • Full rate 5,00 EUR
  • Reduced rate 2,50 EUR
  • Full rate: EUR 5.00
  • Reduced rate: EUR 2.50
  • 2 adults and up to 4 children: EUR 11.00 
  • 1 adult and up to 2 children: EUR 6.00
  • Group rate adults: EUR 4.00 
  • Group rate school students: EUR 2.00

Free admission:

  • Children aged 5 or younger
  • People visiting the castle on their birthday
  • Accompanying adults of severely disabled people (entry »B« in the disability pass)
  • Tour guides
  • Tour bus drivers accompanying a tour group
  • 1 accompanying adult per 10 school students
  • Media workers (valid identification required)
  • Holders of the schloesserlandPASS
  • Audio guide: EUR 2.00
  • Guided tour surcharge outside opening hours: EUR 15.00

 

Subject to changes.

Subject to modifications.