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  • Schloss Elisabethenburg
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    Schloss Elisabethenburg

    Elisabethenburg was the residence of the Dukes of Saxe-Meiningen until 1920. The castle now houses the Meininger Museum as well as the Max Reger archives, the Thuringian State Archives, the Max Reger music school, the Johannes Brahms concert hall, a restaurant (the Turmcafe), and the ceremonial rooms of the Meinigen City Council and Registry Office. The castle was constructed by Bernard I, the first Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, between 1682 and 1692 on the site of a late-Gothic castle built in 1511, part of which was incorporated into the north wing of the present castle. The new castle had three wings and a central tower which form an E shape when seen from above. Later this was interpreted as referring to the name of the Duke's second wife, Elisabeth Eleonore of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, thus giving the castle its current name.

    The castle and its court orchestra have been associated with many famous musicians, particularly with Hans von Bülow, Max Reger, and Johannes Brahms, who was a frequent guest there. The music archives hold a large collection of autographed scores, including many of Bach's, as well as a collection of historical instruments. The castle also has a very large court library, which was regularly used by Friedrich Schiller during his stay in the area.

    Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.

    Admission: Adults 3 €, Concessions 2 €.

  • Meiningen Steam Locomotive Works
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    Meiningen Steam Locomotive Works

    The steam locomotive works is a popular attraction for visitors. It is the only location in Germany that still has the expertise and technology needed to maintain and repair steam locomotives. Since 1995 the Meiningen Steam Festival (Meininger Dampfloktage) takes place annually on the first weekend in September. The two-day event is visited by over 15,000 steam locomotive enthusiasts from Germany and elsewhere and includes training as honorary locomotive driver, locomotive rides for children, various exhibitions and live music.

    There are regular guided tours of the factory, including the locomotive hall with its locomotives and waggons, and the heating house as well as the boiler shop, every first and third Saturday of the month at 10am. A tour lasts about 1½ hours and booking is not necessary.

  • Elisabethenburg Palace
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    Elisabethenburg Palace

    Elisabethenburg Palace (German: Schloss Elisabethenburg) is a Baroque palace located on the northwestern edge of Meiningen in Germany. Until 1918 it was the residence of the Dukes of Saxe-Meiningen. The castle now houses the Meininger Museum as well as the Max Reger archives, the Thuringian State Archives, the Max Reger music school, the Johannes Brahms concert hall, a restaurant, the tower Cafe, and the ceremonial rooms of the Meinigen City Council and Registry Office.

    The palace was constructed by Bernard I, the first Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, between 1682 and 1692 on the site of a late-Gothic castle built in 1511, part of which was incorporated into the north wing of the present building. The new palace had three wings and a central tower which form an "E" shape when seen from above. Later this was interpreted as referring to the name of the Duke's second wife, Elisabeth Eleonore of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, thus giving the palace its current name.

    The building was remodelled in the 19th century, and a dry moat added. The heavily rustic window surrounds, which now dominate the facade were added in 1845. Originally the windows had simple rectangular shaped frames made of sandstone. In 1918 a new Italian marble fountain was added. The interior decorations represent a gamut of architectural styles beginning with the baroque frescoes commissioned by Bernard I through the Rococo and 19th century Empire styles.

    The palace and its court orchestra have been associated with many famous musicians, and particularly with Hans von Bülow, Max Reger, and Johannes Brahms, who was a frequent guest there. The music archives hold a large collection of autograph scores, including many of Bach's, as well as a collection of historical instruments. The palace also has a very large court library, which was regularly used by Friedrich Schiller during his stay in the area.

  • Elisabethenburg Palace
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    Elisabethenburg Palace

    Elisabethenburg Palace (German: Schloss Elisabethenburg) is a Baroque palace located on the northwestern edge of Meiningen in Germany. Until 1918 it was the residence of the Dukes of Saxe-Meiningen. The castle now houses the Meininger Museum as well as the Max Reger archives, the Thuringian State Archives, the Max Reger music school, the Johannes Brahms concert hall, a restaurant, the tower Cafe, and the ceremonial rooms of the Meinigen City Council and Registry Office.

    The palace was constructed by Bernard I, the first Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, between 1682 and 1692 on the site of a late-Gothic castle built in 1511, part of which was incorporated into the north wing of the present building. The new palace had three wings and a central tower which form an "E" shape when seen from above. Later this was interpreted as referring to the name of the Duke's second wife, Elisabeth Eleonore of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, thus giving the palace its current name.

    The building was remodelled in the 19th century, and a dry moat added. The heavily rustic window surrounds, which now dominate the facade were added in 1845. Originally the windows had simple rectangular shaped frames made of sandstone. In 1918 a new Italian marble fountain was added. The interior decorations represent a gamut of architectural styles beginning with the baroque frescoes commissioned by Bernard I through the Rococo and 19th century Empire styles.

    The palace and its court orchestra have been associated with many famous musicians, and particularly with Hans von Bülow, Max Reger, and Johannes Brahms, who was a frequent guest there. The music archives hold a large collection of autograph scores, including many of Bach's, as well as a collection of historical instruments. The palace also has a very large court library, which was regularly used by Friedrich Schiller during his stay in the area.

  • Meiningen Court Theatre
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    Meiningen Court Theatre

    The Meiningen Court Theatre, today Theater Meiningen (Meininger Theater), is a four-division theater in the Thuringian town of Meiningen. The ensemble of the theater offers musical theater (opera, operetta, musicals), drama, concerts and puppet shows. In addition, ballet complements and Youth Theatre, from Eisenach State Theatre produced and performed. Connected to the theater continues to be the Meiningen orchestra. The traditional stage operates as South Thuringia State Theatre and is under the umbrella of the Cultural Foundation Eisenach-Meiningen, Thuringia, jointly funded by the state, city and county of Schmalkalden Meiningen.

    The house is the birthplace of the modern practice to date director's theater, known as the Meiniger or Meiningen Ensemble. At the end of the 19th Century than it had Meiningen Court Theatre of the Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen Theatre made this profound reform with numerous guest appearances throughout Europe known. The orchestra Meininger Hofkapelle was conducted between 1880 and 1914 by Hans von Bülow, Richard Strauss, Wilhelm Berger and Max Reger and performed in European concert halls.

    This tradition and further flowering times were Meininger Theater in a significant stage are not only in Thuringia and secure her to this day a special place in the theater world. This further characterizes the self-image as "Theaterstadt", town of theatre.



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Meiningen Overview

Meiningen has extensive parks and a number of neo-classical buildings. The ancient city walls of the historic old town is surrounded by newly created eclectic neighborhoods and well-preserved half-timbered buildings.

Things to See in Meiningen

Schloss Elisabethenburg

Castle Landsberg

Das Meininger Theater

Goetz-Höhle

Büchnersches Hinterhaus

Dampflokwerk Meiningen (Meiningen Steam Locomotive Works)

The theatre was called the Meininger. It featured plays and has concert halls and had a model effect in Germany and in Europe. Artists like Hans Guido von Bülow (Bülow vacation rentals | Bülow travel guide) were employed. The activity of the Theaterherzog Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen (1866–1914) lead to international celebrity. Bülow was replaced by Max Reger from 1911 to 1914. Today its name is "Südthüringisches Staatstheater". It has more than 300 people employed and provides a huge area with opera and drama

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More about the History of Meiningen

The place was first mentioned in 982 and was chartered in 1230.

Between 1680 to 1918, it was the capital of the Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen. The fairy tale collector and writer Ludwig Bechstein was an archivist in Meiningen. One of the princesses of Saxe-Meiningen, Adelheid Louise Theresa Caroline Amelia von Sachsen-Meiningen, became the wife of the King William IV of Great Britain in 1818. She is the namesake of the Australian city Adelaide.

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Meiningen is a town in Germany - located in the southern part of the state of Thuringia and is the district seat of Schmalkalden-Meiningen. It is situated on the river Werra.

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