Weissenfels has an imposing castle towering over the town. There is a museum there now and some nice views. I had no time to visit the museum, just walked the grounds.
For some background:
The temporary exhibition of Weissenfels most famous citizen Heinrich Schuetz, is held in the 'Fuerstenhaus' (address, see below). It's a 3 minute walk from the town hall.
There are 2 rooms to be seen. One with themed travels of the composer. Another room with original instruments from that time, with music and a special find: a piece of an original manuscript.
Tues-Fri: 10-17 hrs
Sat-Sun: 13-17 hrs
Entrance: 1 euro
The HS House is currently closed, due to renovation. There is a small exhibition elsewhere in town (see next tip) in the period 2009-2011 (renovation period).
Heinrich Schuetz, if you care to google, is a major German composer from the 16th century. He lived just before JS Bach but he is held in as much high regard as the illustrious Bach.
Since we were driving on to Dresden the next day, we ate where we slept. Which turned out to be a great decision.
Favorite Dish: Here's the menu
Let's just start with: the portions are huge and the meat is perfectly prepared. If it's stewed meat or steak, it's spot on.
It's simple, high quality German food and seems to be popular by the locals too. The place was quite filled on Saturday evening.
The prices are average for that area, but to Western/North European standards it is darn cheap. There are very few main courses over 15 euro.
I know very little of this poet, who died in Weissenfels in 1801. You can read more about him here.
There's a little park and monument in town, dedicated to him. And there is also the Novalis House which you can visit.
Address: Klosterstraße 24, 06667 Weißenfels
Tuesday- Friday 10.00 - 17.00 Uhr
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 - 12.00 Uhr and 13.00 - 17.00 Uhr
A festive church service in honour of the Heinrich Schütz Festival that was taking place October 2010. We decided to attend (it was Oct. 17th 2010).
A rather nice (and young) church choir sang from Schütz' "Aus zwölf geistlichen Gesängen", conducted by Piontek.
The service was Evangelic Lutheran, led by Pfarrer Schmelzer.
Wochenspruch: Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist und was der Herr von dir fordert, nämlich Gottes Wort halten und Liebe üben und demütig sein vor deinem Gott. Mi 6,8
The St. Marienkirche is 700 years old. In a small town like this, still half ravaged by lack of maintenance under Russian and communist rule until 1989, it is good to see that the church has survived and can be used for church service and church music.
The vicar said it nicely: not only vicars/priests preach to the honour of God. The church musicians contribute just as much to worship.
After the service, hubby (a professional musician) played the Ladegast organ of which they are rather proud. Though it seems half the stops looked like they weren't working. Yet another project for Weissenfels to work on!
Markt 27, 06667 Weißenfels
03443/ 30 30 70
Mon-Fri 9.00 - 18.00
Saturday 9.00 - 12.00
Fondest memory: Some useful info on photo 2: the meeting point for various tours around the city, from the Novalis grave.