Object description:

Plassenburg Castle – Kulmbach

Museums ("The Hohenzollerns in Franconia" /
Frederick the Great Army Museum)

Picture: "The Hohenzollerns in Franconia" Museum

Museum "The Hohenzollerns in Franconia"

Princes and kings from the House of Hohenzollern substantially influenced the course of German history. The museum in the Plassenburg documents the history of this family – once burgraves of Nuremberg – who became powerful in Franconia and ruled here until 1806. Governing from the centres of Ansbach and Kulmbach / Bayreuth they shaped Central and Upper Franconia by supporting the Reformation, encouraging the settlement of the Huguenots and introducing economic reforms. Franconia was the Hohenzollerns' power base for expansion into Mark Brandenburg and Prussia.

When the Franconian line died out, the Prussian kings took over the hereditary Franconian territories, which they ruled from 1792 to 1806.

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Travelling cabinet

The new museum in the magnificent residential rooms of the 16th-century castle gives an impression of the life of princes in the baroque age. It traces the progress of the Hohenzollerns from the Middle Ages, via the two margraviates from the 17th and 18th centuries to Prussian dominance and the endeavours of the Prussian kings to preserve the Franconian monuments of their family.

The museum was set up together with the Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte and the State Collections of Bavaria, in particular the Bavarian Army Museum.

Frederick the Great Army Museum
(Windsheimer Collection)

The museum in the most important Hohenzollern fortress in Bavaria has the largest existing collection of old Prussian military items dating from 1700 to 1806, which are on display in 32 glass cases.

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Army Museum

It documents the outward appearance and inner structure of an army which altered the course of history on the battlefields of 18th century Europe and focuses in particular on the time of Frederick the Great (1740-1786).

The infantry and cavalry are described in detail, as well as the social structure of the troops. The main exhibits are firearms, swords, flags and paintings. The museum was established jointly with the collector and historian Bernd Windsheimer.

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Festungsberg 27
95326 Kulmbach
Telephone  09221 8220-0

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 fees

Admission fees 2022

4.50 euros regular
3.50 euros reduced

Castle ticket: 7 euros
(including the municipal museums at Plassenburg Castle)

Annual season tickets/
14-day tickets

Further information

Further information

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Information for visitors with reduced mobility:

Toilet for the disabled available
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

Museums under different administration:

Deutsches Zinnfigurenmuseum
(German Tin Figure Museum, run by the town of Kulmbach)

Landschaftsmuseum Obermain
(Museum of the Upper Main Region, run by the town of Kulmbach)


Telephone 09221 947-505


Free wi-fi available

Franchised restaurants and hotels:

CafĂ© & Burgschänke
Telefon 09221 81313

Nearest railway station:

Bayreuth or

Public transport with nearest stop:

From Bayreuth: Bus to "Kulmbach/ Busbahnhof"
Bus services in Kulmbach:

Parking space:

No parking available at the castle

Administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung
Ludwigstraße 21
95444 Bayreuth
Telefon 0921 75969-0
Fax 0921 75969-15
sgvbayreuth@ bsv.bayern.de

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