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Historic site of first Lutheran Church

Our exploration of Castle Hartenfels was limited to a brief walk on a cold and misty evening with... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2018
Centreville, Virginia
See the courtyard, the church, the gardens

A stop in Torgau requires a visit to Schloss Hartenfels, built by Elector John Friedrich in 1534... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2018
Vancouver, Canada
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Schlossstr. 27, 04860 Torgau, Saxony, Germany
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

Built in 1534, it was the residence for the prince-electorates of Saxony who supported Martin Luther's Reformation ideas. The Castle Church is the first Protestant church to be built in Europe, and was personally consecrated by Luther in 1544. The Castle therefore has tight links...More

Thank Mina P
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Our exploration of Castle Hartenfels was limited to a brief walk on a cold and misty evening with our guide from the Viking Elbe River cruise. The most visible building in the city of Torgau, the three story white castle was constructed during the 15th...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2018

A stop in Torgau requires a visit to Schloss Hartenfels, built by Elector John Friedrich in 1534 beside the Elbe River and to see the church Luther designed as a model for the Protestant religion. The view of this castle from the Elbe River is...More

Thank retireeVancouver
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Hartenfels Castle is the spiritual center of the Lutheran Reformation. Its chapel was the first church built as a Protestant church and was consecrated by Martin Luther in 1544. The castle's free-standing spiral staircase is an architectural wonder. The #1 attraction in Torgau which dominates...More

Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 16 June 2017

We got there late in the day so we couldn't go inside but we could walk about the courtyard and we could climb up that amazing staircase. It is quite unusual. The view from the top is amazing. The sun was starting to set when...More

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This was a really beautiful castle but there were no English tours or brochures. I was with my friend who is German and her children so she explained some things to me. They have a tour for children in German. There are also bears you...More

Thank Rachael P
Reviewed 5 September 2016

The castle towers above you as you enter the town. You cross a deep moat complete with bears to enter through a gate under a magnificent coat of arms whilst spires and volutes shoot into the sky around you. After a hot day's cycling we...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2016

Arrived in the evening with our cruise ship and walked up into Schloss Hartenfels. It's worth a climb up the spiral staircase to view the area, and the staircase itself is quite striking. Torgau itself seemed VERY quiet and non-touristy, but quite lovely, sort of...More

1  Thank JoycelynK
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Walked from our ship into the town and visited several interesting buildings. Although we were quite late in the day we still managed to walk into the courtyard which was really impressive.

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Entry to the castle itself is free but you pay to get into some of the exhibitions. The free entry means it's worth popping in even if you only have a few minutes to spare, just to admire the large central courtyard with its impressive...More

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