The new SAT1 show “Love in the Mind”: a dating experience at Waldenburg Castle in Saxony

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The new SAT1 show “Love in the Mind”: a dating experience at Waldenburg Castle in Saxony

Written by Isabel Muller

Waldenburg – For several weeks, 28 singles from all over Germany who wanted to get married moved to Waldenburg im Zwickau region. The SAT1 dating program “Love in the Mind” was filmed.

In the Hall of Mirrors, spouses each week promise eternal loyalty. The participants were actually married here, too. © Ralph Koons

Hollywood Joyce Waldenburg? Roughly: Towards the end of last year, camera teams, makeup artists, producers, and other TV professionals hit the yard once again. This time it was all about love in the new Roman castle – true love. Because nothing is played here. For a change, there were not actors in the most famous filming locations in Saxony, but rather actors of reality.

About 20 photography teams have filmed at Waldenburg Castle since the reunification. It was here that famous films such as “The Grand Budapest Hotel” with Ralph Fiennes, episodes of Tatort or Christmas tales such as “The Clever Farmer’s Daughter” were created. “We’ve really tried and seen a lot here,” says castle spokeswoman Anya Straub.

However, there was a team premiere last year: for the first time, the folk background was used to orchestrate reality.

Dating Show Concept: In a daring marriage experiment, singles between the ages of 26 and 58 blindly trust their senses just to find the love of their life.

Popular movie setting: About 20 film crews have filmed at Waldenburg Castle since reunification.

Popular movie setting: About 20 film crews have filmed at Waldenburg Castle since reunification. © Ralph Koons

It can be felt, smelled, tasted and heard – but not seen! Does it work when speaking without eye contact? How does the other person’s skin feel? How does the first kiss taste – without looking into each other’s eyes?

Once the love is kindled, things get straight to the heart of the matter: After getting to know each other in a different way, it’s on top or flop – either getting married or going home alone. The interesting thing: only in front of the altar the lovers see each other for the first time.

Castle spokeswoman Anja Straub, here in the Yellow Hall, captured the changes in the photo.

Castle spokeswoman Anja Straub, here in the Yellow Hall, captured the changes in the photo. © Ralph Koons

The yellow room was given a pink makeover for photography.

The yellow room was given a pink makeover for photography. © Private

4 of 28 SAT1 Dating Contest Nominees Show “Love in the Mind”

Josephine, 34, from Hamburg was looking for love with 13 other women at Waldenburg Castle.

Josephine, 34, from Hamburg was looking for love with 13 other women at Waldenburg Castle. © Saturday 1 / Rudolf Wernick

Brave: Alicia (33) from Buchholz closes her eyes when choosing a partner.  If that works?

Brave: Alicia (33) from Buchholz closes her eyes when choosing a partner. If that works? © Saturday 1 / Rudolf Wernick

Daniel (35) from Gelsenkirchen is also trying his luck on a dating show

Daniel (35) from Gelsenkirchen is also trying his luck on the dating show Love in the Mind. © Saturday 1 / Rudolf Wernick

Will James, 29, from Petersberg find himself at the altar at the end of the show?

Will James, 29, from Petersberg find himself at the altar at the end of the show? © Saturday 1 / Rudolf Wernick

Waldenburg Castle is a popular location for film owners

For photography, the old library became a meeting place for single men.

For photography, the old library became a meeting place for single men. © Ralph Koons

By the way, the participants of the reality show in the Hall of Mirrors were married by a real Waldenburg recorder. Not an uncommon scenario for Anja Straube: “real” weddings take place here every week. “I’m curious how many TV couples stay together forever.”

Other scenes can also be recognized by attentive visitors: the library becomes a male domain during filming. Historic chairs had to give way to modern furniture. Women can feel comfortable in the yellow hall. The Red Corner Salon became the “room of the senses” where singles could get to know each other.

The production team searched all over Germany for a suitable location. Anya Straub thinks she knows why Waldenburg Castle is so popular with film people: “Many eras meet here. Our castle is more multifaceted than almost any other castle. But then we also have empty white-screen rooms for film crews that can be repurposed. completely.” “Waldenberg Castle, with its beautiful halls, staircase and galleries, provides the perfect backdrop as a ‘castle of the senses’ for our marriage experience,” says the production.

A bar has been set up in the old library in place of the historic chairs.

A bar has been set up in the old library in place of the historic chairs. © Private

curious? “Love in the Mind – The Experience of Marriage” is available starting Monday, April 11, in six episodes at 8:15 p.m. on Sat1. Gwen.

Cover photo: SAT.1 / Rudolf Wernicke, Ralph Kunz

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