Altenburg is a town in the German federal state of Thuringia and the capital of Altenburger Land district. The Leipzig / Halle is an international airport 50 km northwest of Altenburg so you can reach the town either by train or plane. Car for hire in Altenburg is the best way to explore the attractions of the town. You would want to see the Town Hall which is the most impressive Renaissance Buildings in Germany as it was built in 1562 to 1564 by Architect Nikolau Grohmann. Other impressive buildings are: Schenkendorffsches Palais (1724) and Alte Amtshaus (1725) both are magnificent Baroque structures.
Altenburg is well-known for its playing card production and the origin of skat thus it gained the name playing card town Founded in 1831, the Spielkartenfabrik manufactured playing cards and today its subsidiary company is Cartamundi which is leading the market in Germany. Altenburg Castle is a museum but its western wing contains an exhibition on the history of playing cards & games and a historical museum. Next stop is the Altenburg Brewery and Museum. Founded in the 1871, the brewery produces all kind of beer. Stroll through their museum and the Sudhausstube right above the production facility will even invite you as much beer as you want. Your rent a car in Altenburg will bring you safely back to the hotel.
There is something about museums which cannot keep tourists away. You tour begins at the Lindenau Museum in Bernhard August von Lindenau Palace. Built in 1875, it is the repository of Italian paintings from the 13th-15th centuries with a collection of classical antiques & cast and modern arts. The scientific museum Mauritianum has the largest collection of mummified rats. You will also find many interesting plants in the Botanischer Erlebnisgarten Altenburg.
Hire a car in Altenburg to go shopping which is a great part of visiting other places. At the Brewery Museum you have the opportunity to buy local wine, beverages, beer and schnaps. Main area for shopping is on and around the five historical market places of the old town. Your car for rent will bring you there anytime. Altenburg Liqueur of many varieties is available from the Distillery. Since Altenburg is well-known for its mustard, you might as well include this item in your purchases. Altenburg mustard comes in 150 varieties and all these varieties are available from the Mustard Shop on Moritzstrasse.
Since you have rented a car, you might as well explore the countryside and visit the cities nearest to Altenburg. Frauenstein is the western-most borough of the city of Wiesbaden whose famous landmark is 1000-year old Linden next to the Catholic Church of St. George and St. Catherine. The Traben-Ttrarbach is towns in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district where you can view the Mont Royal Fort built in 1687 by Vauban, under King Louis X1V.Other nearby towns worth visiting are Rositz, Fockendorf and Treben.
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