Schoenfels Castle
Of Knights, Bailiffs and the Wettins

Schoenfels Castle, surrounded by a rampart and moat, was built around 1200. Its outer, lower and core castles form one of the most well-kept medieval fortifications in Germany. The castle near Zwickau was ruled by bailiffs in the 13th century but was ultimately claimed by the Wettins. The Lords of Weissenbach left a lasting mark on Schoenfels Castle when they modernized it in the 15th and 16th centuries. Some of the preserved features include the heatable bower in the newly created northwest wing and the Castle Chapel with its late-Gothic winged altar, its organ with wooden pipes and its richly decorated baroque pulpit. The closed complex offers fascinating insights into the living conditions of the castle’s former residents.

Benefits with the schloesserlandCARD

Free admission to the permanent exhibition
Free admission to the special exhibition

Arrival & map

Next City:  Zwickau  (8 km)

Arrival information:

By car

  • via A72 (Chemnitz - Hof), exit Zwickau West, further along the road towards Werdau
  • via B173 (Zwickau - Reichenbach)

By public transport 

  • bus line 181 (Reichenbach-Zwickau), stop Schoenfels
  • by rail: regional train (Regionalbahn) Zwickau, Leipzig or Vogtlandbahn Zwickau - Plauen
    stop Lichtentanne, further along the trail »Russbuttensteig«
  • by rail: Vogtlandbahn Zwickau, Kraslice, stop Stenn, followed by a 50-minute walk on a signposted trail  


Schoenfels Castle

Museum Burg Schönfels

Burgstraße 34 | 08115 Lichtentanne

+49 (0) 37600 2327

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Opening hours and admission prices

Scheonfels Castle

Closed opens Sa. 10:00 - 17:00

10:00 bis 17:00
10:00 bis 17:00
Please note our special opening hours: Burg Schönfels - Schließzeit
Full rate :
3,00 EUR
Reduced rate :i
1,00 EUR

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