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  • Playing Cards Museum in Altenburg in Thuringia
    Playing Cards Museum in Altenburg in Thuringia ©Andreas Weise/Thüringer Tourismus GmbH

Playing cards from Altenburg.

The composer Richard Strauss was such a dedicated card player that he even included a round of the popular German card game skat in one of his operas, Intermezzo. This game for three players was invented in 1813 in the town of Altenburg, which is well known for its playing card factory. The museum in Altenburg Castle, the oldest of its kind in the world, covers the history of skat and playing cards. The town itself, over 1,000 years old, boasts a lovingly-restored old quarter as well as the magnificent castle.

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