Kasematten von Schloss Friedenstein

Kasematten von Schloss Friedenstein, Gotha: Address, Phone Number, Kasematten von Schloss Friedenstein Reviews: 4.5/5

Kasematten von Schloss Friedenstein

Kasematten von Schloss Friedenstein
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ClaudiaJH7
Houston, TX46 contributions
Tour of fortifications under the old palace battlements
Sep 2018 • Solo
I actually didn’t know what kasematten meant (it doesn’t process in translation apps) so it was only a guess until we went inside and I could look at the display board. It is some archaic way of saying Underground House, according to the tour guide.

The information board and the tour were 100% in German but from my spotty understanding: this tri-level stone tunnel and gallery sytem of fortifications was started inside the battlements of the original castle on the site, enlarged with the palace you see today, and last used as an air raid shelter in WWII. There are zillions of cannon portals to shoot out and a clever system of shafts to provide fresh air and a little light. It is built out of two kinds of stone blocks, the local red sandstone and something else. One small section did double duty as the storage room for ice harvested in winter and lasting all year.

The tour is rather slow-paced as the tour guide was explaining each stop for a long time. One short stretch was quite narrow so a very large person might not make it. There was also one very low spot to duck under. The ground and steps were rough and uneven so altogether, while this was not at all strenuous, a person with size or mobility issues (or claustrophobia) might just skip it.

It would have been really nice if the introductory display board had an English translation, maybe even laminated sheets you could read and give back, but most tourist sites in Gotha are solely In German, guess that’s just the way it is.
Written September 15, 2018
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