The Museum in Weesenstein Castle

Banquet hall architecture in the attic, the stables on the fifth floor, the cellar vaults below, and another floor down the grand living rooms – concerning architecture, everything seems to be upside down because the building emerged from the top downward. Together with its base, the oldest part – the tower – is therefore situated five floors above the classical conservatory built several centuries later. Today, the permanent exhibition invites you to travel through the Saxon past but consequentially, in reverse order.

Your way to the Middle Ages leads upstairs!You can visit the exhibition all by yourself. You can look up all the information in English, German, and Czech. Furthermore, we recommend using our audio guide available in these languages, each of which contains an additional kids’ version.

The Lower Palace

Royal Living Rooms of the 18th/19th Century

The Lower Palace, existing as a double-winged castle during the Renaissance and being reshaped in the Baroque period, houses the grand living rooms. The representation rooms’ historico-cultural importance derives from their original furniture, the decorative features, and above all, their historically valuable wallpapers leaving these rooms unequalled on a supraregional scale. Furthermore, there is the remarkable Catholic chapel established in 1850 by King John (König Johann). The sense of life and living of the 19th century, when Weesenstein had become a private haven of the Saxon crown, is intended to be presented here

The Castle

From the Lower Palace and via a stairway, you first reach the »cellar« of the historically older part of the castle. Dark and well-fortified rooms surrounded by thick walls provide information about the early history of Weesenstein Castle and its first owners – the burgraves of Dohna. Moreover, the exhibition illustrates the history of the Bünau family (Familie von Bünau). Based on many exhibits showed in authentic ways, you can see how the Bünaus characterized the cultural landscape of Saxony and Bohemia. Here you can also experience the gentry‘s way of living and working during the Renaissance and the Baroque period.

Admission & opening hours

Admission:

  • Full rate 6,00 EUR
  • Reduced rate 3,00 EUR
  • Full rate: EUR 6.00
  • Reduced rate*: EUR 3.00 
  • 2 adults and up to 4 children**: EUR 14.00
  • 1 adult and up to 2 children**: EUR 8.00
  • Group rate (15 people and more): EUR 4.50 per person
  • Group rate for pupils: EUR 2.00 per person
  • Weesenstein Castle annual ticket: EUR 12.50 (entitles you to visit the castle museum and to purchase reduced rate tickets for events or guided tours)
Guided tours
  • Audio guide: EUR 2.00
Free admission:
  • Children aged 5 or younger
  • People visiting the castle on their birthday
  • Accompanying adults of severly disabled people (entry »B« iin the disability pass)
  • Tour guides
  • Tour bus drivers accompanying a tour group
  • 1 accompanying adult per 10 pupils
  • Journalists for reporting purposes (valid identification required)
  • Holders of the schloesserlandPASS

Opening hours

April to October
  • daily: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Easter 2016
    Good Friday to Easter Monday: daily, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
November to March 
  • Tue - Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Dec 24 and Dec 25: closed

Subject to modifications.