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Castle Neu-Augustusburg

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The castle Neu-Augustusburg is enthroned far visibly over Weißenfels...

On the foundation walls of the former Weißenfels castle, the residence of the Weißenfels dukes "Schloss Neu-Augustusburg" was built in the years 1660 to 1694 in the form of a monumental three-wing complex. The castle served as the residence of the Electoral Saxon collateral line Saxony-Weißenfels until 1746 and quickly developed into a cultural stronghold.

Johann Beer acted at the Weißenfelser Hof as a
The castle Neu-Augustusburg is enthroned far visibly over Weißenfels.
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On the foundation walls of the former Weißenfels castle, the residence of the Weißenfels dukes "Schloss Neu-Augustusburg" was built in the years 1660 to 1694 in the form of a monumental three-wing complex. The castle served as the residence of the Electoral Saxon collateral line Saxony-Weißenfels until 1746 and quickly developed into a cultural stronghold.

Johann Beer acted as ducal concertmaster at the Weißenfels court, while Johann Phillip Krieger held the post of court kapellmeister. The personal physician of Duke Johann Adolf I of Weissenfels was a certain Georg Händel, who took his seven-year-old son to Weissenfels one day. Little Georg Friedrich Händel played the castle church organ so impressively in the Duke's presence that he convinced his father to provide a musical education for his son.

Thus, Weißenfels is considered the place of discovery of George Frideric Handel. Another world-class artist is also associated with Weißenfels Castle: Johann Sebastian Bach acted here as court chapel master.
Opposite the Comedy Hall in the north wing is the impressive Castle Church of St. Trinitatis, which is still preserved today and is one of the most beautiful early Baroque churches in Central Germany. Equipped with frescoes and magnificent stuccowork by Italian masters as well as a Förner organ, the church holds another treasure in the cellars: the princely crypt with splendidly decorated tin and wooden sarcophagi of the dukes of Saxony-Weißenfels.
Today, the museum in Neu-Augustusburg Castle houses an exhibition on the Duchy of Saxony-Weißenfels and the history of the town. It is also home to the largest shoe museum in the new federal states, with shoes from all over the world and from prominent personalities. The castle church as well as constantly changing special exhibitions can be visited during opening hours.
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April to September:
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

October to March:
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00 hrs
Saturday/Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00 hrs
  • Bad weather offer
  • for all weathers
  • for school classes
  • for families
  • for individual guests
  • Suitable for seniors
  • for children (3-6 years)
  • for children (6-10 years)
  • for children (from 10 years)
  • Cash payment
  • WC facility
  • Nappy-changing room
Adults 5 €.
reduced* 3 € (students, trainees, benefit recipients, people with a handicap, groups of 15 persons or more)
Students 1 €
Prince's crypt 5 €
Photo and video permission for private purposes 1,50 €
Guided tour 45 minutes up to 20 persons 40 € plus admission
Guided tour 45 minutes outside opening hours up to 20 people 80 € plus admission
by car:
- via the A 9 and A 38

by plane:
The distance to Leipzig-Halle Airport is only about 35 km

with the open local public transport system:
- Train station in the city centre
- Bus station in the city centre

by bike:
via the Saale cycle path

Where:

Address:

City of Weißenfels

Zeitzer Strasse 4
06667 Weissenfels
Phone: +49 3443 / 2390017
E-mail: info@museum-weissenfels.de
website: http://www.weissenfels.de/de/schloss-neu-augustusburg.html

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