Monk's Cowl & Knights' Feast

On this route, you will encounter the long-ago world of knights and monks.

Discover how to write like medieval monks, feast in the jovial company of knights or be enchanted by castles steeped in history.

All of this is possible in Schloesserland

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Gnandstein Castle (A)

This castle is the best-preserved Roman fortress in Saxony, and one of the knightly castles in Germany where it is still possible to taste the atmosphere of ancient times. Keep, outer ward, battlements, protective walls – the fortress high above the Wyhra stream is a dream come true for all enthusiasts of the Middle Ages.

There is a legend that today there is still treasure hidden on the fortress grounds, waiting to be discovered. Go and find it!

You can climb to the top of the keep and, if you don’t find any gold or gems, you at least will be rewarded with a wonderful view.

Details about Gnandstein Castle

Further to station (B) – Rochlitz Castle: about 22 km

Rochlitz Castle (B)

Gothic windows, laced cross vaults, defensive walkways, dungeons, the large court kitchen, all should please anybody who dreams of times long past. For those brave enough, there is a chance to visit the torture chamber.

Anyone who ventures here will be able to find traces of those stormy periods of history which accompanied the German settlement of the east during the High Middle Ages.

Stand eye-to-eye, opposite former Saxon princes, such as Albert the Courageous or Augustus the Strong on the “True-to-life Procession of Princes” – an exhibition which, through its splendid costumes, seems to bring back to life the protagonists on the famous Dresden mural.

Details about Rochlitz Castle

Further to station (C) – Kriebstein Castle: about 22 km

Kriebstein Castle (C)

Let yourself be taken back to the 15th century: it isn’t only the murals in the castle chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which will make your visit worthwhile.

Take a little more time for a tour and let yourself be fascinated by the completely-painted Kriebstein Room. In the residential tower, various styles and room designs can be experienced, between the deepest cellar and the attic.

The presence of the knights and lords of the castle can still be felt today in the courtyard.

Details about Kriebstein Castle