Albrechtsburg Castle is considered to be the first castle of German building history and an architectural masterpiece. In 1710, August the Strong built the first European porcelain factory here. In the historic murals from the 19th cent. you will discover a storybook of Saxon history.
Notes on accessibility / deviations from the pictograms:
- Access to cathedral square (cobblestones) via panorama lift (car park as per parking guidance system castle/cathedral)
- Lift: Space 169x237 cm
- All visitor-relevant areas of Albrechtsburg Castle are accessible for wheelchairs via lifting platforms or lift (space of 133x199 cm for turning a wheelchair)
- Narrowest passage 84 cm
- Toilet for wheelchair users: 131x181 cm in front, 91 cm right, 108 cm left of the toilet
- Museum shop, “Kapellenstübchen” (2nd floor), bastille (3rd floor) are not accessible
- Audio guide for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Guided tours for guests with learning difficulties and deaf visitors on request
- Audio guide to 6 great 3D models for blind and visually impaired guests
When Martin Luther was born on 10 November 1483, Saxony was at the height of its power. Since 1464, Elector Ernst and his brother Albert had together been ruling the most powerful country in the center of the Holy German Empire. In 1471 they started the construction of what we now call Albrechtsburg Castle, their new residence in Meissen and the first “Schloss” in Germany – not a military fortress but a residential palace and a visible sign of their power and wealth. But just two years after Luther’s birth, Ernest and Albert made the biggest mistake in Saxony’s history: they split up the land. The ruling Wettin dynasty was divided into two lines, the Ernestine and Albertine. Now there were two countries with the name Saxony, the Electorate and the Duchy, and it was the sons of Ernst and Albert who played the most important, albeit different, roles in the life of Martin Luther and for the course of the Reformation. After the death of Albert’s son, the staunchly Catholic George the Bearded, who after the death of his sons had tried by all means to prevent his Protestant brother Henry succeeding him, Henry, later called “the Pious” left the Catholic funeral service in Meissen Cathedral to hear a Protestant sermon of mourning and consolation from his court chaplain in Albrechtsburg Castle. Then he introduced the Reformation into the Duchy of Saxony.