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Upper Castle Greiz

Castle · Vogtland · 280 m · open today
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  • Oberes Schloss Greiz
    Oberes Schloss Greiz
    Photo: Archiv TVV, S. Theilig
Visible from afar, the Upper castle in Greiz looms over the valley of the Weißen Elster River and has dominated the region for centuries.

Already in the early 13th century historical documents refer to a castle situated on the striking argillaceous shale cliff above the river. Initially, the castle served as a residence for the bailiffs of Weida and Plauen. Subsequently, the Reuß princes live here. The castle burned down after being hit by lightening in 1540, and was soon replaced by a new castle. This is why the building we see today is in the Renaissance style.

Today, the historic structure is home to a museum with the permanent exhibit “Vom Land der Vögte zum Fürstentum Reuß älterer Linie” (from the land of the bailiffs to the Reuß prinicipality – the Elder Line) that spans over four floors.

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Museum opening times: Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Public transport

You can reach Greiz via Gera or Plauen by regional trains of the railway Vogtlandbahn, and with the regional express of Deutsche Bahn from Erfurt. You can find information on travel times and prices at 

Travel Information is also available at or via phone +49 (0) 3744 19449

Getting there

Greiz is located on federal roads 92 and 94.

From direction Berlin / Leipzig take on the A 9 motorway the exit Lederhose and take the B 175 to Weida. From here the B 92 leads directly to Greiz.

From Nürnberg take the A 9 to the exit Schleiz and then drive on the B 94 via Zeulenroda to Greiz.

From the direction of Gera or Plauen, take the B 92 directly to Greiz.

From the direction of Chemnitz, take the A 72 to the exit Reichenbach and then take the B 94 via Reichenbach to Greiz.


You can park either at Westernhagenplatz (parking ticket machine) or in the Schlossgarage  (underground car park, adress: Neue Str. 1).

Alternatively, you can also use the parking spaces on the banks of the Elster river and walk across the bridge (Friedensbrücke) into the historic old town.


50.658625, 12.196581
50°39'31.1"N 12°11'47.7"E
33U 301860 5615614
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Upper Castle Greiz

Oberes Schloss 3
07973 Greiz
Phone 03661 - 689815 Fax 03661 - 703291

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