A Reformist Spirit Beneath the Spiral Staircase

Hartenfels Castle
A Spirit of Reform beneath the Spiral Staircase

Hartenfels Castle is a true masterpiece of the early Renaissance, nestled beautifully in Torgau, one of the prettiest towns of the German Renaissance and the political center of the Reformation. One of the most modern palace complexes in Europe was erected on the foundations of a castle in the 16th century, which is when the Large Spiral Staircase was built and the Castle Chapel was consecrated by Martin Luther himself. This is considered to be the world’s first ever Protestant church. In the late 18th and 19th centuries, the castle became part of the Saxon-Napoleonic fortifications and later served as a barracks for the Prussian Army. The multimedia exhibition at Hartenfels Castle offers precious insights into everyday courtly life in Torgau. You can round off your day with the glorious view from the Hausmann Tower and a nice visit to the castle café.


External accomodation tips Übernachten in Torgau

Benefits with the schloesserlandCARD

Reduced rates apply to enter special exhibition
Further benefits
Free admission to the Center of Documentation and information (DIZ) Torgau, »Traces of Injustice« exhibition

Arrival & map

Next City:  Leipzig  (50 km)

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Hartenfels Castle

Schlossstraße 27 | 04860 Torgau

+49 (0) 3421 70140

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Opening hours and admission prices


Closed opens Su. 10:00 - 18:00

10:00 bis 18:00
10:00 bis 18:00
10:00 bis 18:00
10:00 bis 18:00
10:00 bis 18:00
10:00 bis 18:00
Please note our special opening hours: Lapidarium
Erinnerungsort Torgau
Castle chapel
Schloss Hartenfels: Permanent & Special Exhibitions

Further information on opening hours and admission prices can be found here