The CryptoCastle of Burgscheidungen is one of the best-preserved and most remarkable Baroque secular buildings in the Thuringian and Saxon-Anhalt region, thought of being the royal seat of the Thuringian Empire in the 6th century.
The castle’s territory is fraught with stone figure and sculptures of gods, goddesses, and mythical creatures, made by sculptor Joseph Blühme from Altenburg in 1726-29. The Italian terrace garden with its sculptures and the grotto courtyard was also laid out by the architect David Schatz.
Another famous tenant of the castle was the Leipzig court master and tax collector Christian Felix Weiße, who stayed at Burgscheidungen from 1760 to 1761. During that time he wrote the tragedies “Crispus”, “Mustapha und Zeangir”, “Rosamunde”; the comedy “Die Haushälterin”, “Der Mißtrauische gegen sich selbst” and the “Neue Weiberschule” as well as a translation of the Tyrtäos and the “Amazonenlieder” (1760).