Watch birds of prey on the wing | Falkenstein Castle
Falconry has a long tradition. Even some 4,000 years ago, trained birds of prey helped human beings hunt. The Middle Ages saw the peak of what was known as the “sport of kings”: hunting animals and feathered game.
This ancient art is being practised once again in its original form at Falkenstein Castle. From March to October, the whole family can experience this fascinating, trusting relationship between the falconer and the bird! Marvel at the majestic flight of the eagle owl or the speed of the peregrine falcon, and hold your breath as the eagle dives from incredible heights. As these are memories that no-one wants to forget, you will also be given the chance to have a photograph taken with a falcon or eagle owl perched on your arm.
Before or after the demonstrations, you can explore the castle with the whole family. The many displays inside and outside the castle or in the museum tell you interesting and curious facts about the castle’s history.
And anyone who is left hungry or thirsty after their exploration will find food and drinks to suit every taste at the “Krummes Tor” castle inn.
“Romanesque gems” day trip | Neuenburg & Goseck Castles
Individually, the two castles rising above the picturesque valleys of the Unstrut and the Saale are a delight – and together, they really pack a punch.
Just a quarter of an hour apart by car, Neuenburg Castle near Freyburg and Goseck Castle between Naumburg and Weissenfels make the perfect destination for a day trip followed by a meal. Fall under the spell of these “Romanesque gems”! Their colourful history – a fortress, a monastery, a church, a castle – has left the sites packed with all kinds of memories.
The many facets of the Middle Ages, up close
Its grand residential buildings and towers and the magnificent double chapel make Neuenburg Castle (founded in 1090) an outstanding testament to high mediaeval architecture. Go back to the days when Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia, Emperor Barbarossa and many other famous figures toiled and suffered here! You can even visit the permanent museum exhibitions on the castle, wine and timepieces while the little ones are kept busy in their very own “Children's Chambers”.
Monastery and castle, monks and lords
Visitors come face to face with Goseck Castle’s colourful history at every corner they turn in this lovely building. A multimedia exhibition on the subject brings ancient times back to life in a compelling way. You can also discover the beautiful 11th-century crypt, the mediaeval murals and the ballad of the “Murder of the Count Palatine”.
Little visitors in a big castle | The perfect family day out at Neuenburg Castle
Neuenburg Castle has a great deal to offer – and especially to light up the eyes of its youngest visitors. That is because, while the adults are lost in the glittering world of the Romanesque, Renaissance and baroque eras, enjoying the view from the mighty round tower, visiting the exhibition of timepieces or learning about the history of fine wines in the wine museum, the children can dive eagerly into the Middle Ages.
One example is the fantastic “Children’s Chambers”, where they are transformed into damsels, squires, princesses or brave knights. Dressed in their full finery, they then go to count the steps of the “Dicker Wilhelm” (Fat William) keep. And when they are tired out from all the fun, the whole family can meet at the castle inn for a refreshing snack.
A stop at the museum shop is also a must, of course, for a souvenir of all these amazing experiences!