In 1665, work began on a baroque leisure garden for Duke Moritz Wilhelm and his wife Maria Amalia. Constructed in front of the castle walls, it was completed by the recently restored orangery (1708) and a lower baroque parterre and water features, which is accessible via a series of steps.
In 1782 the eastern section of the leisure garden was given to the manufacturer Adolph Ludwig Albrecht, who built a baroque palace with a neighbouring factory. By the end of the 19 th century, the orangery and leisure garden, including Albrecht's gardens, were covered with more and more buildings.
Between 1912 and 1935 the new owner of the Upper Mill, Rossner, converted the western part of the former courtly leisure gardens into a private landscape park. It became a public park in 1954, featuring a pond, a game reserve and a children's playground.
The 2004 State Garden Exhibition at Zeitz, the first in Saxony-Anhalt, provided a unique opportunity to begin the long-term transformation of the open spaces surrounding the castle into an attractive green space for urban leisure and recreation. The Rossner Park, which represented the core area of the garden exhibition together with the Castle Hill, was carefully restored in the process.
castle park: 1st April to 31st October, daily 10 am to 6 pm, entrance fee applied
castle: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, entrance fee applied
cathedral: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 6 pm, no entrance fee