Views of Weißenfels, Germany

Views of Weißenfels, Germany

Weißenfels (often written in English as Weissenfels) is the largest town of the Burgenlandkreis district, in southern Saxony-Anhalt, central Germany. It is situated on the river Saale, approximately 30 km (20 mi) south of Halle.

Perhaps the first mention of the area, before the town itself was founded occurred in 806 CE. The settlement arose around a castle on a ford crossing the river Saale and received municipal rights in 1185.

Weissenfels Castle Neu-Augustusburg (Museum Schloss Neu-Augustusburg) in Saxony-Anhalt was the residence of the Dukes of Saxony-Weissenfels, from 1680 to 1746.

The well-preserved early Baroque building is considered a nationally valuable cultural monument.

Today, the castle houses the Museum Weißenfels. In addition to an exhibition on shoe craftsmanship, which goes back to the GDR shoe museum housed there since 1964, a redesigned exhibition on the Duchy of Saxony-Weißenfels has been on display since 2007.

Video Source: Weißenfels (Die Saale) from Joachim Werner on Youtube   CC BY

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