A must is the visit of the beautiful garden. First mentioned in the 16th century it was redone in French Baroque style in the 18th century. You'll find beautiful sculptures, two bridges crossing the Müglitz river and several monuments - and lots of blooming flowers of course! Focus of the part beyond the Müglitz river is a Baroque pavillion,...more
When castle Weesenstein became the favourite place of King Johann he gave order to build a catholic chapel (unlike the Saxon people, who are in the majority Lutheran-Evangelics, the Saxon Rulers were catholic since August the Strong converted to Catholizism to become King of Poland).In 1840 the former bakery was rebuilt as a catholic chapel in...more
The biggest and most beautiful of the medieval vaults is the court hall (Gerichtsstube). A beauty is the bookcase from the 16th century. Jurisdiction was assigned to the Bünaus in 1455, since then the Court of Weesenstein had its seat in this hall.The room has late Gothic doorframes and deep recesses with window seats. Narrow stairs lead up to the...more
Although the name "Rittersaal" (Knight's Hall) was given in the romantic period of the 19th century, it is true that the oldest parts of this room were built in medieval times.As you can see it today it is a mixture of several construction phases: Gothic relics (fireplace), walls and frescos from the Renaissance (shortly after 1600), Baroque...more
The entrance of the residential apartment floor is marked by the "Salettchen", a mid-size hall. The decoration is originally preserved from the middle of the 19th century. The room is dedicated to King Johann of Saxony. The vault paintings depict his passions, Poetry and Justice. The magnificently decorated vault and the paintings on the wall in...more
When entering the castle the magnificent portal catches the visitor's eye. The portal was created in 1575 in Renaissance style. It depicts the coat-of-arms of the owner at that time, Rudolf III. of Bünau and his wife Christiane of Schleinitz, as well as those of his parents and parents-in-law.A bridge spans the little canal that leads to the mill...more
The villagers of Weesenstein have also done an exhibition on the disastrous flood of August 2002. It is located in a small building along the road to the train station. The exhibition shows photos and videos, background information and original items found in the mud and debris. Whoever watched the German news in those days will recall the pictures...more
Disaster struck on August 12/13, 2002 when, after heavy rainfalls in the Ore Mountains, the little Müglitz stream turned into a destructive flood wave. The board shows what Weesenstein's centre had looked like before the flood, and the fate of every single house. All those that have a red dot have either been destroyed completely or damaged so...more
The tiny village Weesenstein itself has a cafe, too - Kaiserstübl, right on the main street and vis-a-vis of the bigger parking lot. You pass it when walking from/to the train stop, too.It's a lovely small place, cosy interior, and nice terrace for warm weather. Very good, friendly service. I totally love their kind of entertainment: a bird that...more
After a break of more than 130 years the microbrewery in the castle reopened in 1999, reviving a tradition since 1510. I was there twice so far and both times enjoyed the beer very much - it has a strong flavour, IMO somewhat non-typical for a Pilsener. Food is simple, once we had a big potato in the skin, curd and gherkin. Tasty and...more
At the end of the tour through the castle you stumble upon the Schlosscafé. As the name indicates, it is more a café than a restaurant, although they do serve small dishes and not just coffee and cake. However, when we were there it was later in the afternoon, and so we did have a piece of their yummy black currant cake and a cup of cappuccino. The...more
The "Schlossküche" restaurant is in some historical rooms in the second courtyard of the castle. No need to pay an entrance fee for this one. Rustic, cosy, charming ambience. The service is very good, friendly and quick.I was there for lunch on a cold, snowy day in winter. Closed on Mon/Tue.The dishes have odd names, refer to medieval times. But no...more
This is a nice restaurant in the castle of Wesenstein and also has some nice, old furniture.Königliche Schlossküche zu Wesenstein, doesnt that sound very good already ? Sorry I do not have photos here, but there are many photos in my link ! I took a beer and some local dish, it was good but I do not remember the name of that dish.more
Passing through all the courtyards of the palace you reach the brewery restaurant at the far end. This rustic place includes a small outdoor seating with four tables that overlooks the valley and the garden. The pub is a microbrewery, the local beer is a speciality, tasty and quite strong.The menu is short and contains about five or six local...more
Even if the castle were not spectacular, it would be worth traveling here just for the beer which is served "holzfass" or from wooden barrels, this is increasingly becoming a rare if treasured tradition.
It is a marvelously hoppy brew and quite easy drinking. Even Bavarian VTer Seppoman gave it the thumbs up. There is a cozy pub or drink in a cave downstairs as we did!
Dress Code: I wore a tux but I think it generally is a pretty relaxed affair.
If you plan to drive to Weesenstein, make sure to avoid rush hours in Dresden. The roads Dresden - Heidenau - Pirna are usually one single traffic jam.Anyway, from Dresden drive to Heidenau (B 172). In Heidenau take the turn to Weesenstein - Glashütte - Altenberg. From my experience it takes about 30 minutes from Dresden city centre to Heidenau,...more
Assuming you will go to Weesenstein from Dresden, I highly recommend public transportation. Every half hour regional trains (S-Bahn No. 1) run from Meissen to Bad Schandau via Dresden-Hauptbahnhof (and other stops in Dresden). Take one of those (preferrably those which leave Dresden Hauptbahnhof at the full hour) to Heidenau, where you change for...more
Weesenstein can easily be reached by train. The village is a stop along the local line from Heidenau to Altenberg which runs hourly. From Dresden, take the S-Bahn (S1 direction Schöna/Bad Schandau) to Heidenau and change there. Warning: Check the timetable carefully, especially on weekends, because not all trains run daily and the nearest pub to...more
What to buy: You can probably buy these earthen mugs from the brewery but as is tradition for me, I just had to steal one, even on my wedding day. Little did I know the brewmaster would let me leave with a full one as a present. :S Oh well, now we have two! They are great for drinking outside on a hot summer day as they keep the beer cool by blocking out the sun as well as acting as an insulator to air temperature.
Weesenstein is rather popular for weddings - both church weddings in the palace chapel and also civil weddings. Every bridal couple and their guests have their photos taken in the palace gardens. On Saturdays it's wedding fashion show... I got to see four different weddings in one afternoon.more
The brewmaster was quite talented, playing many instruments, singing, joking and generally keeping not only the wedding party but the entire medieval festival entertained! I was all set to try this barrel excercise but D Luckily stopped me as I was likely to hurt myself after all the beer I'd drank. Wives can be a good thing I guess. :)
Photo Equipment: Cameras and skill by fellow VTers.
Miscellaneous: Sabs did get THE Wedding picture but most of the photos were shot by SandySmith and hubby Dave, who really should come out of the VT closet!
Still, I wasn’t driving on this particular day. It was after all my wedding day and I had just been married in a centuries old church in my wife’s home town of Dippoldiswalde. No, I was scrunched into the back of her sister’s small car trying in vain to keep my tuxedo from wrinkling to an unrecognizable state. I was already wondering what the...more
Time went by all too quickly so after taking lots of photos for posterity, finishing off the barrel of beer and saying goodbye to our many family members and friends, we walked reluctantly back down the hill from the magical castle setting to make our way back home. It was sad saying goodbye to everyone but all good, even great things come to an...more
We had time now to enjoy more normal sized beers and intermingle with our friends and family while dining on succulent roasted pig, sauerkraut, beans with chunks of ham and potatoes. We wandered around the festival through dark winding passages into various rooms of the castle but most of the time we talked and laughed; for my part, I enjoyed a...more