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Wildeck Castle

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Wildeck Castle with Renaissance rooms, motorcycle exhibition, coin workshop, printing museum with book bindery and department of stamps.

The »Bohemian Route« used to link the trading centre of Leipzig with the royal residence of Prague. Initially, it was mainly used for transporting salt from the Halle region to Bohemia (hence its name »Salzstraße« (salt road), but later also by traders and carters - and they all needed protection. Therefore, Wildeck Castle, built on the fortifications of 12th century fortifications watched over the Zschopau River passage by night and day and made the town a safe harbor for merchants from all directions.

Today only “Fat Henry”, an over 30-meter-high residential watchtower with meter-thick walls, is a reminder of the once defiant fortification. In the middle of the 16th century Wildeck was converted by order of Duke Moritz of Saxony into a far less martial hunting castle.

Today, the Renaissance castle houses several museums especially devoted to the industrial history of the region. Bikers will be thrilled by the many two-wheeled treasures, since Zschopau used to be the center of Saxon automotive industry in the 20th century. Especially children will love Wildeck Castle's  coin-minting workshop, the mineral collection and the giant slide.


Wildeck Castle
Schloss Wildeck 1
09405 Zschopau

Phone: +49 (0) 3725 287170
Fax: +49 (0) 3725 287180
Website: www.schloss-wildeck.eu

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