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Altenburg is located in central Germany – the eastern part of the German state of Thuringia – the river Pleiße, and has about 37,200 inhabitants (2007).The city is located 39 km south of Leipzig, and is main town in the district Altenburger Land.
The city is best known for its production of playing cards, and has its own playing card museum.
Altenburg was first mentioned in 900’s, and has many historic tourist attractions.
City Hall from 1560’s is one of the most important renaissance buildings in Germany , and one of the city’s architectural sights.The Nikolai Church from the 1200s, many visitors – with its 45 meter high tower. The tower is open to the public, and from the top has great views over the city.
Other city sights include Altenburg Castle – where the main building is from the Renaissance and the home of Playing Cards Museum, St. Bartholomäikirche – church with roots from the 1100s with the tower from 1659, Mauritianum – the city’s Natural History Museum and the Lindenau-Museum – an exhibition of Italian paintings from the Renaissance.The museum has the largest collection in Europe outside Italy, where you can also see sculptures, reliefs and ancient artifacts dating from 700 years beforeNOK
The city’s Brewery Museum is also a popular attraction, where visitors can learn more about beer and brewery history.
The regional airport Leipzig – Altenburg Airport is located 5 km southeast of downtown.