Droyßig Castle is located in the Zeitz Forest, 60 kilometres from Leipzig. One of the highlights of the castle is the brown bear enclosure, which has been around since 1870. In addition to the brown bear enclosure, visitors can also visit the castle church, the castle courtyard and the castle park. During your castle visit, you can enjoy regional specialities in the restaurant.
Those who want to combine their visit with an excursion into nature can explore the wide range of activities around the Droyßiger-Zeitz Forest. Besides the Zeitz Forest, this area features the Elster Valley and the "Wine Route along the White Elster". There is also the Elster cycle path and the Zuckerbahn cycle path, which runs from Zeitz via Droyßig to Coburg. There are also several hiking trails nearby: up to Haynsburg Castle and the Breitenbach forest playground, and to the many historic churches.
Droyßig Castle was originally a medieval castle complex constructed at the beginning of the 13th century to secure a key road junction. The almost completely preserved structure was built under the influence of crusaders, who brought castle building experience from the Orient. The moat and a double ring of walls, from which six semicircular towers protrude, as well as a round keep in the centre of the complex made the castle architecture unique. The Renaissance castle conversion took place in the 17th century. Today the castle is used, among others, by the registry office with a wedding room. It is also used by the municipality with a library, and for festivals, markets and concerts. Some castle rooms are also occupied privately.
How to get there
Droyßig Castle is best reached by car. There is a free car park directly in front of the castle grounds.