The light castle near Kahla

The light castle near Kahla approx. 26 km (max. 31 min. by car) away from Rudolstadt

It lies high above the Saale valley, is one of the most beautiful castles in the whole of Thuringia and is also affectionately called “Queen of the Saale valley”. Who visits the light castle receives a wonderful panoramic view of the resin up to the Thuringian forest. In rare originality she accommodates a wonderful museum to her 800-year-old history and to the Thuringian porcelain in the inside. But not only the castle is worth a visit. At the foot of the castle is the historic porcelain town of Kahla, which impresses with its historic town centre and a medieval town layout.

Opening hours

Summer time (April – October): daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Winter time (November – March): daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing time


Adults: 13,50 EUR
Seniors: 13,00 EUR
Children (6-16): 8,50 EUR

11,50 EUR Severely disabled, unemployed, groups of 10 or more persons
10,00 EUR Trainees, students

Two adults. + all own children: 34,00 EUR
One adult. + all own children: 23,00 EUR

Here porcelain meets the Middle Ages

In the walls of the light castle you meet an exciting change from old and new. The light castle is an almost completely preserved middle age castle in which you can discover in addition still fascinating porcelain worlds.

The foundation light castle has created a unique concept with the porcelain worlds. You are sent on an enchanting journey with exciting stories all about porcelain. You travel to other countries, discover chambers of curiosities and can even take a seat at a richly set princely table.

History made tangible

Also the 800-year-old history of the light castle can be experienced actively. With an eventful tour you have the possibility to look into the deepest dungeon of the castle. Marvel at the big treadmill with which water from a 80-metre-deep well is carried high, but also how the fetters of the prisoners felt can be imitated in the Zuchhaus exhibition. In the picture exhibition “embers and spirit” you experience how the light castle has developed to the centre of the freedom and youth movement.

Children on a journey of discovery

The beautiful medieval castle also has something to offer for children. With its towers and dungeons, it invites everyone to take imaginative walks. With the Burg-Berg-Ticket (offered together with Saalfelder Feengrotten) children can go on a dragon track search. In addition, trained museum educators develop and offer children’s programmes for all ages.

Experience gastronomy

In the medieval castle tavern you have the opportunity to fill your stomach. Here Thuringian specialities are created in a modern way. Herbs from our own garden are used for refinement. In addition to the hearty dishes, there is also a modern bistro in the visitor centre. In addition, a designer café is to be opened to accompany the Porcelain Worlds exhibition. So here, too, the new is combined with the old.