|Entrance driveway to Schloss Meseburg, Brandeburg.|
|Family portrait of the Von der Gröben's at prayer in Meseberg church.|
|Monument to one of the Von Gröben's.|
The Schloss was later owned by the family Lessing, founders of the Vossiche Zeitung, one of the first Berliner newspapers in the eighteenth century and a liberal publication at the forefront of the German Enlightenment. Indeed, the family included the important Enlightenment poet Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.
|Another view of Schloss Meseberg|
After Germany's reunification the by now rather run-down and dilapidated ruins were bought by the Messerschmitt Foundation (yes, that Messerchnmitt. The one who designed and built the fighter planes) and restored at a cost of 25 million €. Since 2004 the Schloss has been leased out by the Messerschmitt Foundation to the Federal German Government at a peppercorn rent of 1€ per year over 20 years. The Government has since been using it as a guest house for important international visitors - its first guest was French President Jacques Chirac on 26th Jan 2007 - but there didn't seemed to be anyone staying when we were there.
|Front door at Schloss Meseberg|
|Grapevines by Schloss Meseberg.|