For some years, Senftenberg Castle is home to a museum that offers everything from the glorious history of Saxony, the heyday of the fortress, the mining traditions of Lusatia, the history of a small town to modern art. The fort, that was built in the 16th century to safe the borders of Saxony, is built on a medieval castle. This fact makes it Germany´s only surviving fortress to be surrounded by a mighty earth rampart.
Living the history of a town
The exhibition "Cosmos of a small town" allows visitors to get to know the different Eras of a typical brandenburg-saxon small town. In total, the years 1756, 1831, 1909 and 1978 are available for exploration. There is the opportunity to engage with various interactive media stations. It is also possible to hear personal stories from historical residents of Senftenberg,
Further exhibitions in the castle
You also have the option to go "underground" and see what the early days of mining looked like and how farmers became miners. The Lusatian art collection with more than 2500 works by almost 130 artists is also located in the castle. The museum also offers various vacation programs, as well as so-called fortress games every summer, in which puzzles have to be solved. For adults, there are various themed tours where you can get to know the castle better.
The preserved fortress, whose foundations date back to the 12th or 13th century, was built under Saxon rule in the 16th century. The castle was used for military purposes until 1764, before some parts were torned down in the 18th century. It was only after german reunification that archaeological investigations and a subsequent restoration, which was completed in 2006, were commissioned. Demolished building complexes were reconstructed in a modern form, old remains were renovated, parts of the complex were reconstructed and the exterior was adapted to the surviving walls. Since then, the building has housed the Museum Senftenberg Castle and Fortress.
How to get there
With the car
At the crossing Schloßstraße/Steindamm is the parking space "Steindamm", which is free of charge for a parking period of 2 hours. From there, follow Schloßstraße for 450m. It is also possible to park in the Steindamm/Dubinaweg parking lot. This is free of charge and is located directly at the foot of the castle park. To get to the fortress, you only have to cross the castle park.
By public transport
About 450m away from the fortress there is the bus stop "Senftenberg, Schlosspark". It is connected with the bus lines 531, 613, 617, 618, 619, 620, 641 and 642.
It is also possible to get there by train. Senftenberg train station is only a 20-minute walk from the castle.