The mighty Neuenburg Castle rises high above the little winegrowing town of Freyburg. Commissioned by Louis the Springer, its construction bolstered the Ludovingians’ claim to power in the eastern part of their domain. And other famous names appear in the history of this castle, which is visible from afar: from 1224-25, for example, Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia lived here, to whom the splendidly ornamented double chapel was dedicated: a real Romanesque gem. Prior to that, Emperor Barbarossa visited his brother-in-law at the “New Castle”, and this is where Heinrich von Veldeke wrote parts of his world-famous Middle High German “Eneas Romance”.
The well-preserved residential tower takes you straight back to the world of the private affairs that went on alongside courtly life. Unique everyday objects from those glorious days, such as toys or clothing, tell their very own tales. In other parts of the castle, further historical relics await you, such as the incredibly technologically advanced latrines.
In the castle museum, permanent exhibitions focus on the colourful history behind these walls; on Thuringian nobility, the region’s winegrowing and the fascinating topic of the pocketwatch. Other pieces are presented in temporary special exhibitions. And there are hands-on activities for little visitors: in the playfully run “Children’s Chambers”, children can be the lord or lady of the castle for a day.