Discovering Weissenfels: Nine Things to See When Visiting
Whether you arrive in Weissenfels via train or car, it's best to start any tour of discovery of the city in the town's market square or Marktplatz in German. The spacious area lies a stone's throw from the local train station and is surrounded by a variety of historical buildings including the town hall, not pictured above because it's currently being renovated and your's truly can never escape the scaffolding. You will also find the tourist information here, where a variety of guided tours start. I much recommend them to learn more about Weissenfels and it's fascinating history.
From the market square you can already see Schloss Neu-Augustusburg lying high above a hill overlooking the city. Unfortunately, the former residence of the Dukes of Saxe-Weissenfels, a secundogeniture of the Albertine line of the House of Wettin, is a shadow of its former self. So you have to use your imagination to get an idea how it once looked when the royals still roamed its halls. Built during the late 17th century, Schloss Neu-Augustusburg is one of the earliest examples of Baroque architecture in Germany. Remnants of its splendrous former interior decorations are few and far in between, but you can spot some as you can see in the picture above. Weissenfels seized to be a residential town during the mid-18th century when the ducal line died out and usage of the palace has been diverse since, to say the least. In addition, the Schloss sadly has major structural problems. As a precaution, a suite of rooms that until recently showed an exhibition about the history of Neu-Augustusburg and the Baroque cultivation of home decor, that includes above's room, is currently closed.