"The Crown of the Ore Mountains" Augustusburg Palace Tip by Kathrin_E

Augustusburg Palace, Augustusburg: 12 reviews and 47 photos

  Landscape view from the train
by Kathrin_E

... that's what Augsutusburg is nicknamed. The palace is located on a ridge which rises notably higher than the surrounding hilly landscape. Palace and town overlook a wide area and can be seen from far away. With some imagination the white palace with its towers, chimneys and roofs looks indeed like a crown placed on top of the highest hill.

There is some political purpose behind this symbolic location. The owners, the Albertine line of the House of Saxony, had just achieved two decisive victories against their relatives from the other, the Ernestine line, first in the War of Schmalkalden in 1547, then in the Grumbach Feuds of 1566/67. Duke August, the reepresentant of the Albertine line, secured the position as Elector, thus the leading role in Saxony and one of the seven most influential political positions in the Empire. Right after the victory against Duke Johann Friedrich, his opponent from the Ernestine line, August decided to build his new hunting lodge in the shape of a big palace here on the hilltop.

The photo is a snapshot from a train on the railway line between Freiberg and Chemnitz. In the open land Augustusburg is a prominent landmark and can be spotted from far away.

Address: Schloss, Augustusburg
Phone: 03729138018
Website: http://www.die-sehenswerten-drei.de/index.cfm?m=august

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  • Updated Sep 23, 2016
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