Mildenstein Castle in Saxony
Admittedly, we had traveled from Mildenstein Castle near Leisnig before our trip through the Schlösserland Saxony never heard. Nevertheless, we visited her. Because we were invited to an event. We should learn to cook in medieval style. That definitely aroused our curiosity. We had a few years ago in Stein am Rhein for the first time medieval (pilgrim) food tried. This time, however, we should cook ourselves. That particularly appealed to us. It was clear to us that there were no tomatoes, potatoes or spices back then. We wanted to find out what was on the table at the Knights of Burg Mildenstein.
Our visit to the castle Mildenstein
However, before we can enter the castle kitchen, we get a tour of the castle grounds. Not all buildings are open to the public. It is eagerly restored. In doing so, special emphasis is placed on authentic restoration. Walking through the showrooms awakens the feeling as if we are making a journey back in time to the past. The small castle chapel once served the inhabitants of the complex for worship services. Today it is a museum. From a balcony in the castle wall opens a view over the Freiberger Mulde. This flows deep below us through the valley. Castle Mildenstein perched on a steep rock spur over the river.
I can well imagine how the damsels once stood here and looked for the knights. It was also the perfect place to fend off attackers. From here the slope goes steeply down into the valley. Anyone who ventured high risked his life anyway. However, we have a great view of the river valley and the village of Leisnig on the other side.
The castle is mentioned for the first time in 1046. In 1058, Friedrich Barbarossa made it an imperial castle. The keep in the inner courtyard dates from that time. Later it served as the seat of the margraves and as the royal court of Stanislaw Leszczynski. This Polish king stayed on the castle grounds between 1706 and 1707 with 1000 followers. In the centuries that followed, the castle eventually served as a district court and prison. Even officials lived in the castle apartments. Today most of the buildings serve as exhibition and event rooms.
Where one celebrates festivals today and once held prisoners criminals
Our tour through the castle takes us to the knights' halls. These can be rented today for events. Tables on long wooden tables or celebrate under the banners of the knights wedding? If you want, you can do that at Mildenstein Castle.
One floor down we pass the cells where criminals were once held prisoner. In one room, one can learn about the understanding of law in earlier times - torture included. In another room, however, things are more peaceful. In it one shows how the official mold here once swung his scepter.
Medieval cooking at Burg Mildenstein
After our tour through the castle grounds, we go to the black kitchen. There is already an open wood fire smoking under metal kettles hanging from the ceiling. Bowls full of onions, carrots, beans, leeks and herbs are waiting for us. Under the guidance of Obermagd Anna we cut the vegetables and herbs small. In the meantime a millet porridge is bubbling over the fire. Once this is cooked soft, we add vegetables and herbs. It is seasoned with salt.
In addition, there is herbal yoghurt with borage and home-baked white bread. To drink we get - not quite true to style - cold water from the tap. In medieval times, it was safe to get out of the castle well.
There is no meat. This was reserved for the lords of the castle. The servants of the castle lived mainly on vegetables and cereals. A healthy and nutritious, if monotonous, diet.
In Petar's video you also get a good impression of Burg Mildenstein and our medieval cooking class:
Further travel tips for castles and palaces:
Castle Mildenstein Click here for a map
Current information on opening times, entrance fees, hall rents and events can be found on the Website of the castle.
Events at Mildenstein Castle
The castle offers events throughout the year that bring the Middle Ages to life. This ranges from knight festivals, concerts and plays to beer brewing courses to medieval cooking classes. The current dates and offers can be found on the Website of the castle.
- A14, exit Leisnig, follow the signs on the overview boards!
- A4 exit Heinichen; B 169 until shortly before Döbeln; Take the Leisnig exit and continue to Leisnig
By train, the journey is also possible:
Arrival by train is also possible. Leisnig train station is located directly below the castle.
Hotels in and around Leisnig * You can also book online at booking.com.
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Source: own research on site at the invitation of Schlösserland Sachsen. Our opinion, however, remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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