British Royal Heritage in Thuringia

Free Guided Tour at Friedenstein Castle

Lying in central Germany, the state of Thuringia may be small but there are more than 400 castles, many of which have been the setting for some important moments in German history, and even those of the British royal family. The Windsors have strong links with Germany, and most lead us to Thuringia and the noble family of the Ernestines. Discover Friedenstein Castle and learn more about the Queen's ancestors and the roots of the British royal family.

Date: June 18, 2024, 9:00 a.m. (CET)

We offer a free shuttle bus to Friedenstein Castle and, after the tour, to Blankenhain Media Center. Tour ends around 11:30 a.m. (CET)

Meeting Point and Departure: "360-Grad Thüringen Digital Entdecken" at Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 99084 Erfurt (opposite the main station)

Friedenstein Castle in the city of Gotha was established as a ducal residence after the Thirty Years’ War. The castle forms the centrepiece of Gotha’s ‘Baroque Universe’, which includes various museums and the world’s oldest fully intact Baroque theatre. In the rather palace-like castle, you can stroll through the ducal rooms and get to know the former inhabitants, such as Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. She married Frederick, Prince of Wales, and became the mother of the British King George III. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria danced in the festive hall during their visit to Gotha in 1845. The Queen enjoyed her visit so much that she wrote in her diary: ‘I feel so at home here’. The castle tour showcases precious artworks, porcelain and furniture, which all serve as an impressive reminder of past glories.

For more information please visit: Friedenstein Castle | Stiftung Friedenstein – Gotha (

Guided press tours during the EURO2024