Plassenburg Castle – Kulmbach

Picture: Plassenburg Castle

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.

Picture: Margravial Room external link

Margravial Room

 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).

Further information on the museum "The Hohenzollerns in Franconia" and the "Frederick the Great Army Museum"

The following rooms are available for your events:

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Object information:


95326 Kulmbach
Telephone  09221 8220-0
fax 09221 8220-26

Responsible administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung
Ludwigstraße 21
95444 Bayreuth
Telefon 0921 75969-0
Fax 0921 75969-15

Opening hours

April-October: 9 am-6 pm
November-March: 10 am-4 pm
open daily

Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31

General information on opening times and admission charges

Guided tours

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)

Further information

Further information

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Information for visitors with reduced mobility:

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

Museums under different administration:

Deutsches Zinnfigurenmuseum
(Museum of pewter figures, run by the town of Kulmbach)
telephone 09221 804571

Landschaftsmuseum Obermain (Museum of the upper Main region, run by the town of Kulmbach)
telephone 09221 804571


telephone 09221 947-505

Franchised restaurants and hotels:

Telefon 09221 81313

Nearest railway station:

Bayreuth or

Public transport with nearest stop:

From Bayreuth: Bus to "Kulmbach/ Busbahnhof"
From Kulmbach:
Bus to the castle

Parking space:

No parking available at the castle

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