Medieval castles and fairy-tale villages in Germany
  • Schloss Johannisburg - the Bavarian Nice

    Schlossplatz 4, 63739 Aschaffenburg

    How to Get There?


      The Deutsche Bahn trains take you right to the main train station Aschaffenburg. From there signs will show you the direct way to the palace, it´s only a 10 minute walk.

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      From Frankfurt its approximately a 35 minute ride by car - approach the palace via the highway A3 or A4. Unfortunately there no parking on palace ground available but you will find parking spots underneath the palace in surrounding streets.

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 49.976234
      LONGTITUDE: 9.142174



      The biggest airport next to Aschaffenburg is the international airport Frankfurt am Main (FRA) which is only a 30 minute drive away. Simply take the highway A3 or A4 and follow the signage to Aschaffenburg.

      Nearest airport

      Frankfurt/Main (FRA)

    Why Go There?

    Apr-Sept: 9am-6pm; Oct-Mar: 10am-4pm, closed on mondays

    Architecture lovers will absolutely enjoy this most beautiful Renaissance palace "Schloss Johannisburg", with it´s sandstone walls and wonderful mediterranean gardens around it.

    The Johannisburg palace is considered as the landmark of the city and therefore is one of the main attractions in Aschaffenburg and surroundings.The building is known as the most important Renaissance palace, in Germany and was built in 1605-1614 by Georg Ridinger. Until 1803, it served as a secondary residence of the archbishops of Mainz. The palace is located right in the center of the city Aschaffenburg (Bavaria) and next to the river Main. It gets it´s very distinct and unique look from a construct of red sandstone - absolutely beautiful.

    Since 1996 the palace holds a unique exhibition, which shows the largest architectural models made out of cork materials that represent the most famous buildings of ancient Rome. Besides the wonderful architecture and the exhibition, there are many other unique features at Johannisburg palace. The National gallery of Aschaffenburg for example is also within the walls of the palace. The gallery contains the largest collection of paintings by ´Lucas Cranach the Elder´, who´s known not only as a painter and printmaker, but also as an entrepreneur and politician - he literally embodies the Renaissance.

    This year in 2014, Johannisburg palace is celebrating the 400th return of the consecration date. From February until December 2014 there will be an extensive cultural program with exhibitions, lectures, concerts, markets and festivals. 

    The Palace Gardens are exquisite and one of the most pleasant parts of the castle. The Pompeiianum (Mediterranean gardens) is another distinctive part of the gardens. Even tho the palace is in Germany the Mediterranean aura is overwhelming - the garden is full of fruit trees and flowers and has given Johannisburg the nickname of the “Bavarian Nice". King Ludwig I coined the phrase and specially enjoyed the similarities to the city on the french seaside.

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Schlossplatz 4, 63739 Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, Germany

    Things to do close by!

    Nature exploring

    The river Main is right next to the castle, during the Stone Age humans already settled along this river. And even today people love the magical atmosphere of the river and it´s surroundings. It is a wonderful place for recreation. We recomment to enjoy the river by boat - trips are offert along the river or here:


    Literally just around the corner only a 6 minute walk away, is the "Naturwissenschaftliches Museum", which is a scientific museum with a scientific collection and holdings of the former royal forest high school. If you are interested in cultural knowledge, this museum is absolutely a place to go to.


    Right in the middle of Aschaffenburg is another picturesque park "Park Schöntal". This wonderful garden was created in 1780 and designed as an English-style park. It enholds manifold thigs to discover, such as ruins from 1552 of a burnt down church 'Zum Hl. Grabe'. The park is open all year long and for history lovers definately worth a visit!

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