Logo: Wo Preußen Sachsen küsst

Prussia and Saxony. Scenes from a Relationship between Neighbours

First Brandenburg State Exhibition
Doberlug Castle, June 7 – November 2, 2014
... where Prussia touches Saxony

In the following you find a short description of the project,
further information in German

The Exhibition

In 2014, the First Brandenburg State Exhibition »Prussia and Saxony. Scenes from a Relationship between Neighbours«, as the first cultural-historical exhibition, will tell the history of the fascinating and multifaceted relationship between the neighbouring states of Prussia and Saxony. The exhibition will be presented at the Doberlug Castle in the twin towns of Doberlug-Kirchhain located in the south of Brandenburg, »where Prussia touches Saxony«.

»Prussia and Saxony. Scenes from a Relationship between Neighbours«: The exhibition's title is also an indication of the programme contents. Scenes of the neighbourship between Prussia and Saxony, which are based on historical events, will be brought to life with outstanding works of art, original documents and modern media in an exhibition covering an area of 800 square metres. The exhibition will focus on the period between the 17th and 19th century.

Congress of Vienna

The 200th anniversary of the Congress of Vienna between1814 and1815 provides the occasion for the big cultural-historical exhibition. A consequence of this Congress was the reshaping of Europe. The region, »where Prussia touches Saxony”, was directly affected by this reorganisation of Europe. A large part of Saxony was lost to Prussia, including present-day South Brandenburg together with Lower Lusatia and half of Upper Lusatia. From one day to another, people living in these regions of Saxony became Prussians.

Doberlug Castle

Doberlug Castle, which used to belong to the prince-electors of Saxony, is an impressive testimony of this history. The so-called »Saxon pearl of Brandenburg« will be both venue and heart of the First Brandenburg State Exhibition. For the occasion of the State Exhibition, the splendid castle will be re-opened to the public for the first time since being completely renovated, adding another tourist destination to the Elbe-Elster-Land in Brandenburg.

Umbrella Slogan

Under the umbrella slogan »where Prussia touches Saxony«, the State Exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events about the various aspects of Prussian-Saxon history: concerts, theatre and more as part of the summer culture programme at Doberlug Castle and monestary grounds, eight partner exhibitions in Brandenburg and three in Saxony, as well as a variety of activities in the region under the motto »The region is celebrating«.

In cooperation with local groups, cultural trails are being planned around the theme »Prussia-Saxony«, also including the partner exhibitions. Like this, the State Exhibition will make the special aspects in the Prussian-Saxon history visible.

House of Brandenburg-Prussian History

The House of Brandenburg-Prussian History (HBPG) in Potsdam is organising the exhibition. At its location in Kutschstall Am Neuen Markt, it hosts permanent exhibitions and temporary special exhibitions about Brandenburg-Prussian history. The HBPG's activity has become broader in scope after being entrusted with the project responsibility for the State Exhibition by the Brandenburger cabinet under the decision to hold the State Exhibition in October 2011.


Parallel to the State Exhibition, an academic catalogue will be published, which expands and deepens the range of topics covered by the exhibition. A cultural-historical travel guide provides suggestions for discovery tours through the region. A further publication will be about the history of the castle.


The First Brandenburg State Exhibition is under the joint auspices of the Prime Minister of the State of Brandenburg Dr. Dietmar Woidke and the Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony Stanislaw Tillich. The project is supported by numerous partners in Brandenburg and Saxony, including the Foundation of Prussian Castles and Gardens Berlin-Brandenburg and the Dresden State Art Collections.


The town of Doberlug-Kirchhain in the Elbe-Elster district in Lower Lusatia is the host of the State Exhibition.

Schloss Doberlug

Schlossplatz 1
03253 Doberlug-Kirchhain

Berlin - Schloss Doberlug: c. 125 km
Potsdam - Schloss Doberlug: c. 145 km
Dresden - Schloss Doberlug: c. 75 km
Leipzig - Schloss Doberlug: c. 100 km
Cottbus - Schloss Doberlug: c. 70 km

Doberlug is the junction of the main train connections Cottbus-Leipzig and Berlin-Dresden.

Opening Hours of the first Brandenburg State Exhibition

June 7 – November 2, 2014

Mondays-Fridays: 9 am to 6 pm
Saturdays, Sundays, holidays: 10 am to 7 pm

Admission Prices

Adults: 9 Euro, reduced admission: 6 Euro
Visitors up to the age of 16, school children: Free entrance
Group tickets of 10 persons and more: 6 Euro per person, other group discounts are available on request

Afternoon Ticket (valid from 3 pm): 6 Euro

Prices for guided tours
Groups (up to a maximum of 15 persons): The price for guided tour in English is 80 Euro plus reduced admission price of 6 Euro per person.

Status: July 2014. Subject to change!


Brandenburgische Gesellschaft für Kultur und Geschichte gGmbH
Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Dr. Antje Frank
Tel: 0331/ 62 085-49 | E-Mail: frank@hbpg.de