Object description:

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.

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Margravial Rooms

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


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

Guided tours

The Museum "The Hohenzollerns in Franconia" can be visited only with a guided tour (in German)
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

The Army Museum, the Margravial Rooms and the castle church can be visited without a guided tour.

Guided tours on the castle (outside; in German)
1 May-30 September:
every Saturday at 2.15 pm
(approximately 90 minutes)

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:

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
(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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