This massive fortress belonged from 1338 to 1791 to the Burgraves of Nuremberg and subsequent Margraves of Brandenburg, members of the Hohenzollern family. In 1559, Georg Friedrich von Ansbach commissioned Caspar Visher to build a four-winged complex. The Schöne Hof (Beautiful Courtyard), an arcaded courtyard richly decorated with relief work, is one of the finest examples of German Renaissance art.
Further highlights are the museum "The Hohenzollerns in Franconia", the "Frederick the Great Army Museum" (Windsheimer Collection) and the Margravial Rooms with historic pictures of the construction work, portraits of margraves and the gilt canopied bed of Margravine Maria (around 1630).
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April-October: 9 am-6 pm
November-March: 10 am-4 pm
Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31
21 May 2017 - 30 April 2018
13 May 2018 - 30 April 2019
The exhibitions are included in the admission charge.
Guided tours (in German) on the Margravial Rooms and the Museum "The Hohenzollerns in Franconia"
9.15 am-3.15 pm every hour and at 4.30 pm
10.15 am-1.15 pm every hour,
at 2.30 pm, and on request
Guided tours on the castle (outside; in German)
1 May-30 September:
every Saturday at 2.15 pm
(approximately 90 minutes)
4.50 euros regular
3.50 euros reduced
Margravial Rooms and museum "The Hohenzollerns in Franconia": only accessible via staircase
"Landschaftsmuseum Obermain": ground floor accessible, first floor only accessible via staircase
"Zinnfigurenmuseum": accessible for wheelchair users; toilet for the disabled available
(Museum of pewter figures, run by the town of Kulmbach)
Landschaftsmuseum Obermain (Museum of the upper Main region, run by the town of Kulmbach)
Free wi-fi available
From Bayreuth: Bus to "Kulmbach/ Busbahnhof"
Bus to the castle
Limited parking spaces available
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