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If you fancy a hand of cards, Altenburg is the place for you: playing cards has been practised here for over 500 years, and the national card game ’skat’ was first played here. The town has a history of 1000 years, and boasts an impressive castle set on a rocky outcrop. Buy collapsible top hats on Rossplan Square, and baptise your cards at the Skat fountain: it brings good luck!

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Romance will be in the air as you stroll around this attractive part of the town with its many ancient tiny houses. Take your time here to enjoy the history and relax with a cup of coffee.
Adresse: Nikolaiviertel, Altenburg

Castle and Playing Card Museum and Card Fountain

You will find the playing card museum inside the castle walls whilst the card fountain is on the old town square. The museum contains a large playing card exhibition and other ducal collections such as antique porcelain and furniture.
Adresse: Schloss 2-4, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 51 27 12
Åpningstider: Tue-Sun 10h-17h, Mon closed

Lindenau Museum

The Lindenau Museum houses one of Europe’s finest collections of Italian Renaissance Art, ceramics and classical statues and is considered one of the most important art museums in East Germany. There is a café on site and also a shop.
Adresse: Gabelentzstrasse 5, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 89 553
Åpningstider: Tue-Fri 12-18h, Sat-Sun 10h-18h, Mon closed

State Theater Altenburg

State Theater Altenburg was built in 1869 and was once the Royal Theatre. It is well worth a look inside as it has a beautiful historical interior. Approximately 165,000 people visit the theatre annually.
Adresse: Theaterplatz 19, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 585160

Altenburg Brewery and Museum

Experience the Art Noveau brewing room and get a chance to sample some of the local beer. Special evenings mean you can try a few samples and enjoy some local food. For beer connoisseurs there is a chance to drink as much beer as you can in an hour, quite a challenge!
Adresse: Brauereistraße 20, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 312 90
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 7h-12h30 & 13-16h, Fri 7h-12h30, Sat-Sun closed

Altenburg Towers

Visit Altenburg’s many towers and get a bird’s eye view of the town. You can choose from the towers in the castle to Nikolaiturm in the old town or the tower gallery at the Brüderkirche. Another alternative is the watchman’s apartment at Bartholomew’s Church.
Adresse: Altenburg


This baroque building was completed in 1712 and once consisted of three greenhouses. Nowadays, The structure is available for reservation in occasion of special events, such as conferences, cultural meeting and exhibitions. It also features an elegant cafeteria and tea house. There is also a small park in front of the orangery if you would like to take a walk.
Adresse: Orangerie, Altenburg
Åpningstider: Opening hours vary; check on the website


This Memorial Church was built in 1897 from duke Ernst I. in remembrance of his wife Agnes. Very special are the windows which hint the birthday month of Agnes.
Adresse: Agneskirche Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 488 495

Rote Spitzen

If you want to enjoy a view over the city, you should visit this basilica in the heart of Altenburg. The red spires are the landmarks of Altenburg and were built and were built between 1165 and 1172 under the supervision of the emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Udo von Naumburg. They represent one of the most beautiful example of Thuringian Romanesque Architecture. Here is also located the Castle and Playing Card Museum and the Card Fountain.
Adresse: Schloss 2-4, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 512 710
Åpningstider: Fri-Sun 12h-17h

Gasthaus Gesecus

Gasthaus Gesecus is a very small Altenburg inn that is famous for their regional dishes cooked by the owner. It is a chance to step back in time and imagine Germany in another life.
Adresse: Topfmarkt 2, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 344 731 50 66
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 10h30am–14h30 & 17h–20h, Wed 10h30am–14h30

Dünewald Fisch

The popular local fish monger loves to cook his fresh fish for his guests during lunch and early evening. No set menu, but whatever arrives that day together with a good glass of wine. This is an ideal place for a long chat.
Adresse: Weibermarkt 2, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 314 000
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 8h-18h. Sat 8h-13h

Kulisse Inh. Meier Kathrin

Kulisse Inh. is a good place to meet people. There is an enormous bar and large portions of good food which makes this a popular place to eat. Hot food is served from 17h until 24h every day.
Adresse: Theaterplatz 18, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 500 939
Åpningstider: Daily 17h-24h

Ratskeller Altenburg

Ratskeller Altenburg is a town house inn which is part of the 16th century town hall. Located in the centre of the town, it offers lots of regional specialities served in four different rooms.
Adresse: Markt 1, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 311 226
Åpningstider: Daily 10h-23h

Restaurant Brunello

Restaurant Brunello´s menu focuses on Mediterranean specialities and changing theme dishes in a former court official’s large villa. Beautiful views of the castle. Sitting in the winter garden, on the terrace or the panelled salon you will feel like transported back 100 years.
Adresse: Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 14, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 890 077


Located in Hotel am Rossplan, this cosy dark panelled inn is the favorite place for all card players who play Germany’s national card game “Skat” over jugs of beer and hearty local dishes.
Adresse: Am Rossplan 8, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 56 610
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 16h-23h, Fri-Sun 11h-23h

Steakhouse Theatercafé

Steakhouse Theatercafé is located just opposite the theater and with an impressive view up to the castle. They offer a good choice of steaks and other meat menus at reasonable prices.
Adresse: Theaterplatz 9, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 51 58 69
Åpningstider: Mon 17h-23h, Tue closed, Wed-Thu 17h-23h, Fri-Sat 17h-24h, Sun 11h30-14h, 17h-23h

Egyptian Restaurant Pharao

Do you want to get a feeling of the Arabian Nights? At the Pharao you will experience a feast for the senses. Every Friday and Saturday there are belly dance performances.
Adresse: Heinrich-Heine-Straße 1, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 50 10 80


The Gassenhauer is a Schnitzel restaurant. The dishes are prepared with much care and the owner as come up with a wide range of delicious creations.
Adresse: Pauritzerstraße 39, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 51 11 39
Åpningstider: Mon-Tue 17h–22h, Wed-Thu closed, Fri-Sat 17h-23h45, Sun 17h–22h

Cafe Domizil

Cafe Domizil serves delicious home-made cakes in a historical setting. Here you can have breakfast or light lunch. Open from 8am-6pm in the early evening. It has a terrace on the main market square.
Adresse: Markt 8, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 371 080
Åpningstider: Daily 8h-19h


As one of the oldest bakeries in Altenburg, Laudenbach focuses on traditional bread and cakes and offers customers high quality products perfected over more than two generations. You are definitely in the right place to have a taste of real Thüringer Blechkuchen bread and see for yourself how Altenburg's bakery tradition is far from fading out.
Adresse: Sporenstraße 11, 04600 Altenburg
Telefon: +49 344 750 97 35
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 6h30-18h, Sat 6h30-16h, Sun 1h-17h

Backhaus Hennig

Backhaus Henning has become appreciated for its multi-faced nature, since it boasts not only good good cakes and coffee, but also unique hand-made ice cream and its own fresh bread, baked every day and served oven-to-table.
Adresse: Kornmarkt 7-8, 04600 Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 509725
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 7h-19h, Sat 7h-17h, Sun 7h30-18h

Finnegan's Irish House

An Irish pub, where ever you are, is always a safe bet for a cold, good tasting beer. At Finnegan's they also serve traditional Irish food and have a menu of 40 different types of whiskey.
Adresse: Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 2, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 488 5274
Åpningstider: Mon 20h-24h, Tue-Fri 18h-24h,

Wein- und Getränkevertrieb Elke Häfner

80 different spirits, whiskeys and liquors which you can select from and take back home. At the store you can relax with a great tasting sparkling glass of champagne or wine.
Adresse: Leipziger Straße 31, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 511 037
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 9h-18h, Sat 9h-24h, Sun closed

Alwo Diskothek

Located a bit outside the center of Altenburg, Alwo Diskotheck is a must-go for groups of young people looking for some dancing. Housed in an old cellar with vaults of red brick, Alwo Diskothek offers a relaxing lounge ambiance until late afternoon, after which it transformes into a vibrant night club with DJs and soft lighting.
Adresse: Werksiedlung 31, 04603 Nobitz

Bahnhof Center Altenburg

The Bahnhof Center Altenburg is located in the train station of Altenburg. Here you can find several shops and cafés.
Adresse: Wenzelstraße 43, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 513 454
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 9h-20h, Sun closed

Altenburger Senf & Feinkost

Senf is German for mustard. In this lovely shop you can buy a lot of mustard creations among other local delicacies.
Adresse: Remsaer Straße 21a, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 85 260
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 9h-16h

Altenburger Spielkartenladen

This shop has a wide range of different playing cards to choose from. You are welcome to find out how many there actually are!
Adresse: Markt 17, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 51 28 023
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Sat 10am-2pm

Schnuphase'sche Buchhandlung

If you are looking for a good read, you should visit this cozy bookstore. They also have a well-assorted range of regional literature.
Adresse: Kronengasse 5, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 311351
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 9h-18h, Sat 9h-13h

Chocolaterie - Heike Bicking

Heike Bicking focuses on high quality chocolate and also boasts one of the largest assortments of fine tea and wine brands. Step in and choose what you prefer from a huge selection of products.
Adresse: Baderei 3, 04600 Altenburg
Telefon: +49 3447 4367
Åpningstider: Daily 9h30-18h

Airport Leipzig–Altenburg

The airport is a small former military airport eight kilometres from Altenburg. There is a connecting bus to Leipzig which is 50 km away, a link from the airport to Altenburg train station and from the airport to Leipzig train station. The train Altenburg to Leipzig is hourly. A local travel ticket on the MDV for the larger Leipzig region including Altenburg is available.
Adresse: Flugplatz, Nobitz
Telefon: + 49 3447 59 00


Germany can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best time to visit

Due to its location in central Germany, Altenburg's weather is typical of of central European continental climate: with lots of rain and snow during the winter, the city is characterized by mild and sunny summers. The period between late spring and early Autumn (approximately from the end of May to the first half of September) may be the best moment to enjoy Altenburg and to explore the magnificent countryside around the city.

Public Transport

The MDV is a local public transport group which runs buses and trains in the wider Leipzig area and also to Altenburg. Trains to Leipzig run every hour and take 35 minutes to the main station in Leipzig. From there trains go to Weimar, to Dresden and to Berlin. Early in the morning there is a special train from Altenburg to Berlin directly. Trains also run towards the south from the town.


Stephan Stötzner
Telefon: +49 3447 579 494


German post office
Adresse: Kanalstraße 16, Altenburg
Telefon: +49 573 824 5266


Pharmacies share 24 hour duty. Daily information is also in the daily newspaper. Emergency treatment is available at the emergency hospital - Kreiskrankenhaus. Information is also in the daily newspaper. Klinikum Altenburger Land GmbH +49 3447 520


Country code: +49 Area code: 03447