The Dornburg Palaces tower high above the River Saale. The Old Palace was built in the 16th century to replace a medieval fortress. Around 1740, Ernst August I of Saxe-Weimar had the Rococo Palace built. Together with the prestigious ballroom, visitors can admire interior decoration from different epochs in the palace. The Renaissance Palace was purchased by Grand Duke Carl August 1824. Goethe stayed here during the summer of 1828, when he withdrew from society after the death of the duke of Weimar. The gardens are laid out partly as a country park and partly in Baroque style. Visitors should not fail to walk through and enjoy them.