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Ruins of Lobenstein Castle

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  • Lobenstein mit Blick zum Bergfried der ehemaligen Burg
    / Lobenstein mit Blick zum Bergfried der ehemaligen Burg
    Photo: Archiv TVV / Frank Barteld
The tower is the landmark in the town of Bad Lobenstein and can now be visited as a viewing tower. 
The castle ruins are located on a hill in the old town. They are about 30 m high and can be seen from a great distance. The fortress was used to control those passing along the connecting route from Leipzig to Bamberg during the Middle Ages. Lobenstein was first mentioned as a home of knights in 1250 and was possibly owned by the lords of Lobdeburg. Lobenstein was already described as a town in 1278. There was evidence of the town having a mayor and council in 1411 and they were responsible for the minor courts. The fortification belonged to the Reeves of Gera in the 13th century. It then remained a place of residence until 1601 and had been owned by the Younger Reuss line since 1597. The fortress was in a state of disrepair in about 1600. The Reusses then moved into the castle. The fortress played a role for a short time in the Thirty Years’ War. Imperial troops stormed the structure, which was occupied by the Swedes, in 1632. The keep and remains of the surrounding walls still recall the fortress today.

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The opening hours are valid from April - September.


From October - January:

Tuesday: 10:00 - 13:00 Uhr

Thursday: 13:00 - 16:00 Uhr

Sunday/holidays: 13:00 - 16:00 Uhr



adults: 2,50€

children (6-14): 1,50€

family ticket: 4,00€

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50.445699, 11.640530
50°26'44.5"N 11°38'25.9"E
32U 687471 5591519
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Ruins of Lobenstein Castle

Schlossberg 16
07356 Bad Lobenstein
Phone 036651 2492 Fax 036651 77100

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