'Rosegarden of the Dornburg castles.'
Three castles in a row, one romanesque, one renaissance and one rococo. Goethe retreated into the southernmost of the three Dornburg castles during the summer of 1828, leaving his ministerial worries behind. He did so with his employer, duke Carl August of Sachsen-Weimar, a small state that was especially famous in cultural circles.
Goethe loved to wander around the rose gardens surrounding the middle rococo castle, from where he had a beautiful view upon the river Saale down below. An inspiring spot, where famous pieces of literature were concepted. When he went, everything was kept as he had left it behind. Or so says the concierge. Thus the drawings he brought from his travels to Italy are still hanging in the same place. And his bed is as neat now as it was during his life; as an experienced traveller he had always preferred his field bed. Photo Paul Smit.