Darrgate (in german Darrtor) in Saalfeld
The Darrgate about 12,1 km from Rudolstadt
Once you are in Saalfeld, in addition to the unique fairy grottos, you should also see the city. Quickly, you will see the distinctive Darrtor. The Darrtor, is the oldest gate of the former 5 city gates. The gate tower of the medieval city fortification has existed since the 14th century and is also called the market gate, as this was the entrance to the community of Alter Markt. In the 16th century the tower became a municipal prison, at the time of the Peasant War. The tower is unmistakable by its crenellation and conical helmet, which was very typical of construction at that time.
Today it is one of the most popular landmarks of the city. In the tower itself today there is an exhibition about the prison of that time. In addition, you can also climb the tower to the top and on the platform you will be rewarded with a great panoramic view of the old town of Saalfeld.
Besides the adventure and beauty of the Darrtor in Saalfeld, there are many other experiences you can have here. There are various hiking trails where you can observe wild animals and pass by picturesque lakes. There are also plenty of climbing opportunities along the steep rock walls of the valley.
After a long day, a proper meal is needed. At the foot of the tower you will find a cozy Italian restaurant, which will definitely restore your strength. Eat and drink at the foot of the tower!
No matter what you ultimately decide to do: A day in Saalfeld promises a lot of variety and unforgettable impressions. With a little planning and the right choice of activities, it is possible to make the most of your time in Saalfeld and experience both history and culture up close. So why not plan a visit to Saalfeld?