Hartenfels CastleThe spirit of reform

This town is a monument to Luther’s reform spirit. In Torgau, the spiritual center of the German Reformation, Hartenfels Castle is the most significant building of the townscape, an outstanding masterpiece in one of Germany’s most beautiful Renaissance towns. This is where the »Torgau Articles« laid the foundation for the Augsburg Confession, where the first Protestant songbook was published, and where the Protestant rulers signed the »Torgau League of Princes«. This is also where Luther’s wife Katharina von Bora died and was buried in St. Mary’s Church.

The »Torgau Museum Route« leads visitors up the hill to the castle and the castle church, the first Protestant church to be built in Europe whose design was based on an idea of Luther and which was personally consecrated by the great reformer.

The castle courtyrad is dominated by the Large Spiral Staircase: This »impossible staircase« by the great architect Konrad Krebs supports itself without the aid of any central pillar.

Free Admission & Benefits


Schloss Hartenfels
Schlossstraße 27 | 04860 Torgau

Co-operating partner of State castles, palaces and gardens of Saxony.

Phone +49 (0) 3421 70140

E-Mail info@tic-torgau.de

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Prices & Opening hours

Entrance fee

  • Hausmannsturm Tower: 1,00 EUR
  • Lapidarium: 2,00 EUR / reduced 1,00 EUR
  • Exhibition: 5,00 EUR / reduced 3,00 EUR / groups (5 people and more) 4 EUR p.P. / children under 17 years free 
  • Free admission with schloesserlandPASS (except Hausmannsturm Tower and Lapidarium).

Opening hours

  • Hausmannsturm Tower 
    daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Lapidarium
    Sat and Sun 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Exhibition:
    May - Oct daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Nov - Apr daily 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Due to renovation, the castle church and the Great Staircase can temporarilly not be visited.