As a cultural pearl, Altenburg is still an insider tip.
For over 1000 years, the town has never been destroyed and enchants visitors with its impressive castle complex and lovingly restored Old Quarter.
History is alive in Altenburg - Barbarossa, Luther, Brehm and Brockhaus are the best-known names. An exceptionally lively cultural programme and the atmosphere of the former royal town, with its market squares, Skat Fountain, numerous monuments dating from different eras and many parks, combine to create a unique flair. This is where the card game Skat was invented and playing cards have been produced here for 500 years, sold in the playing-card shop in the marketplace and collected at the Playing Card Museum. The castle has magnificent ballrooms, towers, a castle church with the Baroque Trost organ and extensive castle gardens. In the internationally famous Lindenau Museum, art lovers will enjoy unique art collections, ranging from antique to modern. The State Theatre, the "small Semper Opera", offers a high-class four-genre programme. On culinary tours or manufacturers' works tours, history can be savoured with the tasty Altenburg specialities, namely Altenburg beer, liqueur, goat's cheese and mustard. Situated on the edge of Thuringia - but at the heart of Central Germany - Altenburg is Thuringia's gate to Saxony.
Martin Luther visited the eastern Thuringian town of Altenburg more than a dozen times. He usually stayed with his friend Georg Spalatin, the Elector's Private Secretary and subsequent Altenburg pastor.