For Small Adventurers and Explorers
Which child wouldn’t like to go exploring as a knight or as a princess? In Schloesserland Sachsen anything is possible.
Come and explore our castles and palaces – whether you want to discover, play, just try out, make something with your hands or dress up – there is something for every child.
Give your child a treat and bring them to Schloesserland Sachsen!
Koenigstein Fortress (A)
750 years old and standing in the middle of Saxon Switzerland, Koenigstein Fortress rises 247 metres above the Elbe. You can reach the fortress plateau comfortably by means of the lift, with its panoramic view, or by foot. Once at the top you have a wonderful view across the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Koenigstein Fortress is not only interesting architecturally and historically, but also young visitors can discover interesting and fascinating facts about the fortress compound. With an an audioguide, Max, Marie and Alfred von Oer – the commandant of the fortress – take the young visitor on a voyage of discovery. On another exciting tour of the fortress, children can hear impressive stories about the everyday life of a soldier, the fortress prison, the deepest well in Saxony or various defensive structures.
Further to Station B – Stolpen Castle, about 28 km
Stolpen Castle (B)
Visible from far and wide, Stolpen Castle rises on a basalt rock massif over the Lusatian mountains. This late medieval castle compound, known because of its most famous prisoner Countess Cosel, holds many attractions for families. Apart from old wagons, canons, weapons and knights’ armour, the visitor can also discover the deepest basalt well in the world. Climbing to the top of the four towers can be fun and worthwhile, because from there the visitor has a fantastic view across the countryside. Brave children can, after they have been up the towers, go down into the winding corridors of the cellars to visit the castle ghost Basaltus and also wonder at the vaulted cellar, torture chamber and dungeon – a unique prison where kings kept their mistresses, the only one of its kind in Germany. It is worth visiting the restaurant in the castle courtyard, to recoup your strength (open from Easter to October).
Further to station C – Mildenstein Castle, about 112 kilometres
Mildenstein Castle (C)
High above the banks of the Freiberg Mulde river is one of the oldest castle compiounds in Saxony – Mildenstein Castle. Exhibitions, tours, concerts and festivals have made the almost 1,000-year history of the castle accessible. These have made it possible for people to explore the great halls, medieval kitchen, old storage cellars, vaulted safe, giant roof structure, torture chambers and the castle keep. The permanent exhibition, »A Symbol of Power Built in Stone« is also for both big and small explorers. The small squatting tower »Frieder Berg« takes children on a trip through time as they view the exhibition, and at the press of a button tells them exciting stories and secrets about the castle. For children who like to experiment there is a wall puzzle and wooden castle which they can build themselves.
Further to Scharfenstein Castle, about 76 km
Scharfenstein Castle (D)
Scharfenstein Caste in the Erzgebirge, which is almost 800 years old, offers the visitor and families more than just exhibitions about traditional popular culture and wood working; there are also all kinds of other things to discover, play with, admire and try out. »Join in« is the slogan, whether it be lace-making, painting or model-making. In the Christmas and toy exhibition, in the bobbin lacemaking and demonstration room, or in the children’s play corner with a merry-go-round, the little princesses and knights are encouraged to join in. Brave children can climb the 75 steps to the castle keep and enjoy the wonderful view or visit the 36-metre-deep reservoirs. As a reward for their courage, and as a memento of a memorable day, souvenirs such as wooden toys, decorative articles, Saxon specialities or typical Erzgebirge Christmas decorations can be bought from several shops.
Further to station E – Schlettau Castle, about 25 km
Schlettau Castle (E)
Knight Fritz and Mistress of the Castle Grete guide young explorers on a voyage of discovery through Schlettau Castle. It is possible to print out a colouring book beforehand (pdf download – 1.5 MB), which makes the tour of the castle a rewarding learning experience for children. The ghost of Schlettau Castle haunts the Great Hall and, at the touch of a button, tells his shivering story. Other life-sized puppets, in the prison, monk’s cell or the tower room tell anecdotes from the history of Schlettau Castle. Further places of interest here are the demonstration workshop, the children’s play corner, the wooden knight’s castle and the playground on the palace’s lands. You can explore the extensive palace park with its old trees and animal residents by yourself with a map of the park. There are more animals in the Centre for Forestry and Zoology where youngsters can learn about native trees and animals, and how to make models with natural materials.
FURTHER TIPS FOR EXCURSIONS
The Great Garden in Dresden and the Small-scale Railway
In the Great Garden you can find over 147 hectares, not only meadows for playing and relaxing, but also a puppet theatre, minigolf, the small gondola lake and the adjacent zoo, as well as the Dresden Park Railway which by tradition has been operated by Dresden schoolchildren since 1950. On a 5.6-km-long stretch of track trains stop at five different stations in the Great Garden.
Little bloodhounds can find the Museum for Palace and Town History in Klippenstein Castle, Radeberg, by themselves. They can buy the Radeberg Castle Quiz at the museum ticket desk for one €, and be guided on a tour of the museum with exercises, questions, tricky picture puzzles and pictures to colour in.
TIPS FOR OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION
The DJH European Youth Hostel at Colditz Castle. This castle has become infamous through its role as a legendary prisoner-of-war camp during the Second World War. The highly-modernised youth hostel fills Colditz Castle nowadays with life and joviality and is a popular place to stay for visitors from all over the world.
We wish you a right royal pleasure!