Anchor point no. 1 of the Via Romantika (Castles and Palaces) and Attraction no. 1 of Via Romantika cultura
If the round tour wasn’t well sign-posted, one would need a good sense of orientation: Because Weesenstein Castle, located in a picturesque setting on a rock in Müglitztal valley, boasts 8 floors that grew top down. Accordingly, the cellar is located on the fifth floor and the stables on the fourth floor. The upper floors still radiate the character of the original castle, which was first documented officially in 1318. The lower floors on the other hand provide cosy rooms that are equipped in keeping with the 19th century. They came about in this form after the royal family of the Wettins, who ruled Saxony for 829 years, bought the castle. Under John, the art-enthusiastic prince and king-to-be, who went down in history as the Romantic on Saxony’s throne, Weesenstein Castle became the “secret residence”. Inspired by the truly picturesque surroundings he translated Dante’s “Divine Comedy” into German, a masterstroke even by today’s standards. He also commissioned the marble statue “Flora” for the castle park framing the Müglitz River that invites visitors to a relaxing stroll until this day.