Burgk Castle

Burgk Castle Museum

Picturesquely situated on the banks of the Upper Saale River, Burgk Castle not only houses historic living quarters and showrooms along with valuable interiors, but also serves as one of the cultural centers of the Saale region with its collections, exhibitions - including contemporary art -, concerts and festivals.

  • Schloss Burgk
  • Schloss Burgk
  • Schloss Burgk
  • Schloss Burgk
  • Schloss Burgk
  • Schloss Burgk
  • Schloss Burgk

The impressive late-medieval fortifications enclose a building that harbors numerous treasures behind a seemingly plain facade. The harmony between architecture and landscape is fascinating. Starting with the striking fortifications of the late Middle Ages and ending with the late baroque complex of the Sophienpark, the history of art is illustrated by the example of a small reign rich in quarrels. Until 1945, the Princes of Reuß of the older line used it mainly as a hunting lodge and summer residence.

Since 1952, the architectural ensemble Burgk Castle has served as a museum. Valuable furniture, glassware, paintings, tapestries, trophies, weapons, and other objects are on display in the now carefully restored and richly furnished interiors such as the Knights' Hall, the Castle Chapel, the White Room, and the State Bedroom.
The impressive Knights' Hall on the top floor of the Castle does not need any disturbing supports and pillars, as the wooden ceiling was suspended and anchored in the roof truss – making it an architectural rarity in Germany. The resulting excellent acoustics make the room a popular concert hall.

The chapel with its early-baroque decoration contains the jewel of the Castle: the organ built by Gottfried Silbermann in 1742/43, which is one of the smallest by the master and one of the few whose baroque sound has been preserved.

Of exceptional visual value is the colossal fireplace (21.50 m) of the historic Castle kitchen.

The museum houses three special collections thematically devoted to the theme of books: The Exlibris collection (about 80,000 sheets) is one of the largest collections of its kind in Europe in public hands. The library is dedicated to the history of the Reuß family and the Reuß region, as well as art historical literature. The collection of artists' books and original graphic magazines is remarkable.
A selection of the collection holdings is regularly presented in temporary exhibitions.

The complex offers a fantastic backdrop for weddings in civil and church ceremonies, among other things. Concerts, exhibitions, festivals, medieval Castle spectacles, Christmas markets, weddings, and much more enliven the historic walls, making the visit an impressive experience.

Amenities and Facilities

Burgk Castle Museum with the following amenities and facilities:

Event location

Guided tours



Museum store



Hours of operation & ticket prices:

April until October

Tuesday until Sunday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

November until March

Tuesday until Sunday
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Closed on December 24, 25 and 31, open on all other public holidays (including Mondays).

Adults: 6,00 €
Reduced: 5,00 €
Students up to 13th grade: 2,50 €
Admission is free for children under the age of 6.

Family ticket (Parents with 2 or more school-aged children): 15,00 €


Burgk Castle

Burgk Castle Museum
Burgk 17
07907 Schleiz

Phone: +49 / 36 63 / 40 01 19
Fax: +49 / 36 63 / 40 28 21

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Celebrate your event in romantic surroundings

Celebrate your wedding at Burgk Castle... Take advantage of the unique possibilities offered by the house and get married in the ambience of the Castle. Or are you looking for a special place for your event? We offer it! For festive events, receptions, conferences, colloquia, lectures, and private celebrations, the Castle kitchen, the mill vault, the Amtshaus (district office) hall, as well as selected representative rooms and outdoor spaces can be rented.


Contact person: Museum Schloß Burgk
Phone: 036 63 / 40 01 19

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