"WONDERFUL MEDIEVAL SAALFELD!" Saalfeld by balhannah

Saalfeld Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 45 photos


Saalfeld, founded in the 7th century, is located in Thuringia and situated by the Saale River.

It is best known internationally as the former capital of the branch of the
House of Wettin [Windsor's] that is today's British royal family.

Saalfeld's link to the British Royal's is linked to Queen Victoria's mother,
who was the Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld,
while Queen Victoria's husband Albert was also born into the house of Saxe-

At about the same period, the royal family of Belgium was founded by
Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld and the Princess Juliane of Saxe-
Coburg-Saalfeld married the crown prince of Russia.

But most famous of all, is the House of Windsor, as Franz Frederick was the
grandfather of both Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her husband,
Albert, Prince Consort.

This bloodline continues unbroken from Queen Victoria through to Queen Elizabeth today.


Saalfeld is one of the oldest cities in Thuringia, and was in 899 known as "salauelda."

Saalfeld was a very important trading centre, and received privileges like the coin, the customs and the fishing rights of which still bear witness to two barbs in the city arms.

In the 16th century, there was an economic boom, as copper and silver was discovered and mined.

Also, the location at the crossroads of important trade routes such as the trade route from Nuremberg to Leipzig Saalfeld helped.

Even today, on three days of the week, market days are held.


Saalfeld is traditionally said to be a town of gables, gates and towers as well as the entrance to the Thuringian Forest.

The Celts settled here long ago, and the town, formerly a Royal residence, was a favorite of mine!

There were numerous historic buildings which I loved seeing!

The town?s main attraction is the Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes. These former mines are today entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the ?most colourful show grottoes in the world? and are among the most popular sites in Thuringia.

You may want to come here at Christmas time, and watch the guys throwing full-size Christmas trees at the Winter Market contest!

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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    My one visit to Saalfeld was on a business trip in 1998. Unfortunately I didn't see much of the town, because I had to do another presentation in Weimar the next morning.

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Jun 17, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      What a pity! I thought it was a nice town, perhaps you will have a chance to go there one day. Thanks for visiting!

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    We visited Saalfeld in April, but unfotunately only made it to th fairy grotto's. Next time I will definately exlore the town as well. Lovely place, nice pics and comments.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Enjoyed your page Dee, especially all the photos of the old buildings. Germany is a great destination, visited 4 times but the longest was 5 days Berlin in 2010. No time for Berlin page yet.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    still going great guns with the tip writing....lovely pics here! i will have to do something about getting my map out and looking at all the towns I went to during all my road trips and stopped at so many too - ended up loving Germany when I actually thought Id never go there! I have a lovely friend in Tuttlingen who also used to enjoy taking me places which was great - in all seasons. and another friend I visited a few times up in Bremen too. So Germany has provided many special memories...for you too by the looks of it!


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