Augustusburg Hunting Lodge


Historical records of ore mining in the Ore Mountains begin in 1168, when silver ores were discovered in the vicinity of today's Freiberg. More than 800 years of mining history of the Ore Mountains are based on this discovery.

The successful development of mining activity in the 16th century under Elector Augustus I. (1526-1586) and the resulting prosperity enabled the construction of numerous castles in Saxony, of which the Augustusburg Hunting Lodge is one representative example. The water transportation technique used in the 130m deep well, which was constructed by mining methods in the 16th century, was originally used in mining and has only been preserved here in the original.

Augustusburg Hunting Lodge which was built in 1567 is thought to be the first Renaissance-era castle in Saxony. The strictly symmetrical castle with its cross-shaped inner courtyard is characterised by the four corner houses, which are coupled by narrow, rectangular connecting buildings.