Augustusburg CastleThe crown of the Ore Mountains
Here, where stallions once breathed heavily in front of grand barouches, horse-powered engines now roar. Augustusburg Castle is one of the favorite places of motorcycle fans since this is the home of Europe’s largest motorbike museum.
Numerous unique exhibits from the history of this fascinating means of travel are on display here. During the “Winter Meeting” of the motorcycle congregation, Augustusburg Castle attracts thousands of motorcycle fans.
Visible from afar, the monumental Renaissance castle rises above the Zschopau valley on a porphyry cone. It is aptly called the “Crown of the Ore Mountains” because of its roof shape.
The imposing structure, which in four centuries has lost none of its former appeal, was completed in the year 1572. Augustusburg Castle, however, not only
impresses through its historic atmosphere but also because of its spaciousness which has been put to good use. There is hardly another castle in Germany which
offers such a large variety of cultural and educational programs inside its castle walls. Here, visitors will not only find the motorcycle museum, but also other
worthwhile exhibitions of game and birds, of coaches and of the hunting and castle history, with impressive murals in the Venus and Rabbit Hall. Visitors can have a magnificent view from its watchtower. In addition, falconry shows of eagles and hawks allow visitors to vividly experience these majestic birds of prey. The artistically minded will love the sight of the altarpiece of the castle church which was painted by Lucas Cranach the Younger. This altarpiece is considered to be one of the most remarkable works of art of the Protestant
faith. It has never been removed from its original location since the church was consecrated. Furthermore, for those who wish to rest after having enjoyed all the sights, the castle also accommodates a youth hostel where you can At the Motorcycle Museum stay the night.