Red marble pillars bear the gallery of the Great Hall, which is regarded as a total artwork of historicism. Both the arched panels at the top wall seals and the ceiling fresco take as their theme the sole fairy-tale that has survived from antiquity – the story of Cupid and Psyche. Also striking is the Bach Hall, the ceiling of which is decorated with paintings of historical scenes by Richard Böhland. The elegant Gold Hall is defined by stylistic elements in almost a classisistic manner.
Cherry wood, mahogany and rosewood – the parquet floor in the Alexandra Room is one of the most beautiful floors in the entire Palace. Red silk wallpapers based on historical models line the salon. The Empire Room stands out with its gilded stucco zone. The Ducal Library is characterised by neo-renaissance and art nouveau elements. The room is further enhanced by artistic works, such as a painting dealing with the Altenburg "Kidnapping of the Princes" – one of the most spectacular abductions ever to have taken place in Central Germany, which had its beginnings in Altenburg Palace in the 15th century in Altenburg Palace.
Among the impressive features of the Collegiate and Palace Church of St. Georg are its baroque interiors. The magnificent Trost Organ ensures the perfect sound. The church, the Banqueting Hall and the Bach Hall are all worth visiting with the daily tours on offer.
Two towers rise above the palace grounds: the Hausmannsturm (tower) – dominating all the other buildings, and the keep known as the "Flasche" (Bottle), embodying a romantic residential tower. The Junkerei (Junker estate) houses the Thuringian State Archive of Altenburg.
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Residence castle © LVDG Simon Büttner
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Hausmannstower © David Cray
Fountain Residence Castle Altenburg © René Pfüller
Panorama in the Hausmannsturm © Jens Paul Taubert
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