"Weesenstein and its castle" Weesenstein by german_eagle
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There are so many castles, palaces and gardens in Saxony - some of them are famous and well known (not to say crowded) tourist attractions, others are off the beaten path, hidden gems.
One of the latter is castle Weesenstein, only a few km southeast of Dresden. It is located in one of Saxony's most beautiful valleys, the Müglitztal, at the foot of the Erzgebirge mountains. Its setting on a rock above the river adds to the fascination.
The castle was first mentioned in 1318 as a property of the counts of Dohna, in 1406 the counts of Bünau became the owners. In 1575 the change from a fortified castle to a residential castle started. After devastations by Swedish troops in the 30-year war it was reconstructed in the 18th century. In 1830 it was bought by the Saxon Royal family. It became the favourite place of Prince Johann, later King Johann (1801 - 73), well-known as translator of Dante Alighieri's "Divina Commedia" into German under the pseudonym "Philaletes".
A specialty of the castle is that - due to its history - the residential apartments and representation halls are located at lower floors than the stables, the kitchen etc. - the castle was constructed from the upper to the lower level over centuries.
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In August 2002 a terrible flood hit Saxony. Within 24 hours about 400 litres (16 inches) of rain fell on the main crest of the Erzgebirge mountains. The flood devastated the villages and towns down the valleys.
The small town Weesenstein experienced the worst case. Dozens of houses were destroyed, some people died. In dramatic rescue operations many inhabitants could be rescued. But their homes - houses and households - were lost. Due to its location high upon the hill the castle was not affected, only the garden was devastated.
When visiting Weesenstein today you will rarely find traces of that horrible flood. You will just wonder about the empty places to both sides of the river. Just imagine that there were houses on those grounds - until the flood came.
The tiny village Weesenstein itself has a cafe, too - Kaiserstübl, right on the main street and vis-a-vis of the bigger... more travel advice
At the end of the tour through the castle you stumble upon the Schlosscafé. As the name indicates, it is more a café... more travel advice
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