Historical treasures can be discovered at every turn in one of the most important classicistic castle-complexes of Germany. Numerous obelisks, monuments and stone-settings are hidden in the castle-park. In the following we would like to introduce some of them.

 

 

  • WELCOME OBELISK

    It was erected in 1816 at the foot of the access road to Burg Schlitz, opposite the tavern “Zum Goldenen Frieden” and bears the following inscription (translation from Latin into English):

     

    "Dear guest, it is my wish that you, while walking up, may hand over your sorrows to this vessel. Hans Count Schlitz 1816 "

     

    The original of this vessel is lost since 1945. Everybody walking up to Burg Schliz was to hand over his sorrow to this vessel by touching its base with his hand. In the upper part of the obelisk the Count’s family-motto and life-philosophy is inscribed with the following initials:

     

    wwwv
    which stands for “wuensche wenig, wirke viel” and means: “wish small, act big”

  • OBELISK OF THE THREE WISHES

    It was erected in 1812. The three wishes are as follows:

    - Peace for the Fatherland
    - Blessing for Farming
    - Fraternity for the Germans

     

    The first wish refers to the circumstance that at that time Mecklenburg was still occupied by Napoleon. The second wish is based on the fact that Count von Schlitz was founder of the Mecklenburg Agricultural Association. The third wish refers to the situation that at that time Germany was split up into app. 300 small principalities.

  • BURIAL GROUND

    In 1825 the gate for the future burial ground was erected, but regrettably not finished.

    The inscription reads as follows:

    Youth’s abundant energy, Joy’s jubilant sound, Honour’s radiant brilliancy – For the ennoblement of this earthy clod I sacrificed them. What I have created may guarantee for you, my successors, an abundance of enjoyment! And for me your gratitude!

     

    On the stone’s backside the Count’s date of birth is inscribed, as well as the initials of his motto wwwv. The following date (14.08.1822) cannot be interpreted so far. Presumably it is the date of the Count’s joining the Freemason Lodge, as several Masonic symbols can be found all over the park and the building.

  • TEACHER STONE

    It was erected in 1813.

     

    For the faithful creators of my youth this stone was placed in gratitude by H. Count Schlitz 1813

     

    The names of these faithful creators are inscribed on the front side, which are: Otto Meier, headmaster of the Joachimsthal Grammar School, and professor Eberhard, teacher of philosophy at the University of Halle.

  • AMALIEN STONE

     

    It was Amalien’s enchantment alone that was capable of giving higher charm to the dreariness of Suelz.

     

    We do not go into detail, whether this stone was set in memory of a charming spa romance at the moor bath of Suelz.

     


  • LOUISEN STONE

    Along the way to the Luisen Lake the Louisen Stone can be found which Hans Count von Schlitz had dedicated to his wife.

     

    “Named after the mistress of this castle, after the fair life companion who faithfully shared my sorrows and my joy. The best, what has been erected here, was due to her. 1828”

     

    The inscription reads as follows:
    To Luise, the fair life companion, this lay out is dedicated and named Louisen Lake

  • REGENSBURG MONUMENT

    It was erected in 1808 and is equipped with the following two inscriptions:

    Providence protected those dear to me but iron not the fighters H Graf Schlitz 1814

    In the tempest of Regensburg, where those lived who were dearest to me, two combatants fighting against each other left behind this armour while falling in battle on April 22nd 1809.

     

    The armour had been kept in an alcove on top of the monument and is completely corroded in the meantime. The opposite side shows the family crest of Hans Count von Schlitz.

  • BLUECHER MONUMENT

    Erected in 1817, consisting of two parts, whereas the major part depicts Napoleon’s exile on St. Helena.

    The inscription reads as follows:

    The Demon which held Teutonia’s fetters until recently, is chained on a distant, rocky island. The power of delusion is broken and justice and truth triumphed on June 18th and November 20th 1815

     

    Until 1954 a marble bust of Napoleon had been kept behind an iron grid which was destroyed.

     

    The second part of the monument contained a bust of Bluecher which was lost in 1945 and recently found in a former latrine. The bust is now kept inside the building.