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Markkleeberg Castle and Gatehouse

An interesting ensemble for tourists and fans of history and culture

The first written evidence that Markkleeberg existed is from 1190, when a Bere de Clebergk testified the sale of the village of Altranstädt. This ministry was presumably located in the small moated castle, which was later built over by manor and castle. Until 1350, Markkleeberg was owned by a certain "von Cleberg", after which it passed through many owners.
During the time of the Battle of the Nations, it belonged to F. W. Heinrich von Funcke. He experienced the complete annihilation of the stables of the estate and the village school by fire, caused by fighting during the Battle of the Nations. 
The last owner, Dr. Paul Hoppe, was expelled as a result of the land reforms in 1947. After 1990 it was acquired by the Gerlach family who was responsible to a great extent not only for the renovation of the castle, but also for the revival of the entire historical ensemble, one of the most outstanding monuments in and around Leipzig

The city, the church, the monument protection offices, the owner and community groups have all invested heavily in recent years to restore this cultural-historical and interesting ensemble and to breathe new life into it. Today, the Förderverein Historisches Torhaus zu Markkleeberg 1813 e.V. operates a museum in the gatehouse, which displays the history of the palace complex, peasant life & customs and the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig 1813. The historic rooms are also used, and rented out for events. In the castle, the Musiksalon delights a culturally-interested audience. The upper floor and the side wing are used as a private residence by the owners.
Especially in May, the Castle Park excites hundreds of visitors with its colourful rhododendron splendour. 

- Visitor bathroom available
- Leipzig Regio Card Partner

Accessibility information:

Assistance for blind and visually-impaired people, special and personal help for people with disabilities, guide dogs allowed.
A few parking spaces in front of Markkleeberg gatehouse, parking "Mönchereiplatz" approx. 500 m by foot
Attention! The castle courtyard is fortified with historical pavement (field stones).

Information about the toilet:
Door width: 57 cm
space to the left of the toilet: 17 cm, right: 28 cm and in front 83 x 54 cm


location Markkleeberg Castle and Gatehouse
Kirchstraße 40
04416 Markkleeberg
phone +49 (0)341 3385776
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City of Markkleeberg


  • Special and personalised assistance services available for people with disabilities
  • Assistance for blind and visually-impaired guests info
Bathroom , Parking area
Interior view of the gatehouse with exhibits, culture, museum
View from the street to the Markkleeberg Gatehouse, culture, sights
©Stadtverwaltung Markkleeberg
Exhibition at Markkleeberg Castle, interior with exhibits
©Bernhard Weiss
Markkleeberg Castle
© V. Hartig
Gatehouse in front of the castle in Markkleeberg, museum and venue
© V. Hartig
Hintergrundbild Anfahrt

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