This is a hunting lodge built between 1542 and 1546 for Duke of Moritz of Saxony. There are four round towers for symmetry, and inside is baroque style, and very elegant with gold and glitter all over. A chapel was added in 1661, and later other additions came by the residents who lived here as heirs until 1945 being the last ones to occupy.
The beauty of this castle/palace sitting on a man made island surrounded by water is fantastic. In the rear of the huge park is the Pheasant Palace that was also used for hunting and relaxation.
The main theme are deer antlers since this was a hunting lodge in its time, and has the largest collection of antlers in the region and the largest one is 6 1/2 feet wide.
Besides this glamour, there is the feather bed that was for August the Strong, and yes, it is all made of feathers. Then there is all that porcelain in the rooms and ornate furnishings.
Opening time are generally 10-5:30PM but until 4PM during Feb-March-and closed November-January. Entrance is 7 Euro adult, with a Schlosserland SAxon card and 9,50 to include Pheasant castle. Without the card, you pay my guess 12 Euro for one, and combo of 16 Euro.
It is about 8 miles north of Dresden and signs are easy to follow
Schloss Moritzburg was originally built as a hunting lodge for the duke of Saxony in 1546 but was renovated in the baroque style in 1730 by Poppelmann for then Elector of Saxony August the Strong II as a summer residence with extensive gardens. The interior collections contain porcelain from Meissen, lavish furniture from around the world and an unusual large one of antlers (well, it was a hunting lodge!). The surrounding parks are the real draw and a stroll around the grounds is free. It is only 14 km from Dresden so an easy day trip well worth undertaking.
Forget the city for half-a-day and head to Moritzburg, it's a small, small village with a nice castle in front of it.
I was not inside but I enjoyed a lot the landscape there, with some lakes around the lonely castle.
Just 15 min north-northeast of Dresden you find the castle of Moritzburg. The place is completely surrounded by a lake. Moritzburg was originally built in the 16th century, but was completely remodeled in the 18th century as a hunting lodge. Today it contains a museum.
The Hunting House of Moritzburg: Really a pleasant place for a summer outing. If you are patient enough, you may get there by a traditional train dating back to the beginning of the 20th century (if not earlier). It will take some time, but you will see the countryside.
Moritzburg is a nice castle near from dresden. I can recommend to make a guided tour inside and it´s almost great to go around through the nice parkes. Arauond the castle are beautifil lakes too.