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When I came the first time to medieval Schleusingen, I was immediately attracted by the mighty castle, called "Bertholdsburg", which dominates this little town.
It is located in the town center surrounded by nicely renovated houses from the past.
The "Bertholdsburg" - many thanks to Wikipedia
It was a rainy Sunday when I parked my little yellow Opel (GM) a few steps away from the castle to spend an afternoon there.
It was an exciting experience for me - not only the castle and its museum which hosts many exhibitions - but also because I had a long and interesting talk with the staff.
I spend so much time with talking and gaining information that I decided to visit this place the next day again.
Please visit our web site which we have prepared about the castle "Bertholdsburg" in Schleusingen.
Unfortunately a self guided tour in English is still not possible. No volunteers could be found who are willing to translate the important information into English.
To promote tourism to Thuringia the "Thüringer Tourismus GmbH" should initiate such a program instead of using a disgusting mixture of German and English in their "German" web site.
Castle Bertholdsburg in January
Downtown Schleusingen in winter
Naturally, I came back during my following visits of Thuringia. My wife, Elizabeth, was with me and she was amazed to see the renovations of the medieval houses in downtown Schleusingen which were still going on. For me it was interesting to see the century old wooden structure which is not always visible.
After the renovations have been completed business and people will fill them again with live.
It is amazing to see a few centuries old house from the inside after it has been properly renovated.
Over a year later we could see the achievements and new projects had started.
Very often unclear ownership after over 40 years of communism delayed the required work to save the old structures.
Just stroll through this little town and collect some impressions. Enjoy a good meal in Schleusingen, try some of the baked goods in one of the coffee shops. Elizabeth got addicted to those.
An old picture which shows the market place from Schleusingen in the past
The history of Schleusingen can be traced back to the year 1232. Already in 1412 it became a town.
Park at the market place (don't forget to pay) and stroll around. Take a picture of the fountain which is dedicated to countess Elisabeth von Henneberg.
Many towns in Thuringia have collected local legends. If you are interested check out book stores or tourist offices. I hope that some of them are available in English. It is very interesting to read them.
We both enjoyed a good meal in one of the restaurants at this market place.
The market place of Schleusingen
In a certain area free parking was allowed for a limited time
Even when you have children with you - do not miss a visit to the "Bertholdsburg" in Schleusingen.
Again - we created a detailed web site about this museum which hosts several exhibitions. Some of them are permanent others are temporary.
All this is accommodated in a historic building which dates back to the year 1226. That means no elevators and wash rooms are not provided on every floor.
Instead the money was wisely spend on collecting items from the past and restoring them. However, some money should be available to provide all the helpful information also in the English language. This would allow self guided tours for all English speaking visitors.
We are offering such services for reasonable costs! So far we did not get a single request.
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