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VISIT SCHLOSS PILLNITZ
I do hope you have time to visit the largest castle complex in Europe built in the Baroque style of Chinoiserie. This is a Chinese form of art and is found inside and outside the Palace. The buildings and the gardens have a Chinese influence too!
Elector Augustus the Strong bought the property in 1706 as a gift for his love, "Countess Cosel" then began reconstructing it from a Saxon Palace to a Baroque Palace. The old Church was torn down and a new one built, the one you can see on a Museum tour. The connecting passages of the side pavilions to the central pavilion were added later.
After touring the Palace complex, then it was time for me to see the gardens, where I found the oldest Camellia tree and Citrus trees in Germany.
I really enjoyed looking around this unique Palace and the gardens, so I hope you do too!
Allow plenty of time to look around.
I came here by car, but you can come from Dresden by Paddle steamer OR Ferry. http://www.saechsische-dampfschiffahrt.de/
ADMISSION PRICES AND OPENING TIMES:-
ADDRESS August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2, Pillnitz
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Pillnitz is Elegant Style
There are three main palaces on the premises besides adjacent structures between them. They are called water palace and upper (berg) palace, and new palace. They were designed by Mathaus Popellman in late 1600's. The complex was acquired by the Wetting dynasty in 1694, and was for a mistress of John George IV who died shortly thereafter, as did she. Then Augustus the Strong thought this was a great idea, and used it for his mistress, who soon after ran away. He then converted it into a Chinese looking motif because he was enamored by Chinese and porcelain. There were a couple of fires that destroyed some of the buildings. In 1818 one burnt down and was replaced by the New Palace that was completed in 1826. Gentry lived here using it as a summer palace until 1918.
It sis located south of Dresden about 10 miles and along the Elbe. Open times are 10-5PM generally and lesser until 4PM in Nov-March. Entry to the three museums are 5, 4, and 3 Euro for Water, Ne and Berg palaces, but free with Schlosserland Saxon card
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
I can recommend to make a trip to Schloss Pillnitz. It´s closed by dresden and there are a beautiful romantic garden and park around. It´s great too every saison and you can relaxe so much on one of the lot´s of benches.
a little beautiful chateau a bit outside of Dresden next to the Elbe. I´ve been in Dresden last june (2002), so before the terrible high tide for the whole region around. But on one wall of the chateau next to the river are marks that show the highest levels of water through the centuries. Unfortunately I believe they reached a new high score last year or at least one of the hightest. And these marks are up the wall to the second flor of the building.....
- Castles and Palaces
Pilnitz: Great example of...
Pilnitz: Great example of European architecture with Chinese and Italian style influences. What else? Oh, yes, I almost forgot... If you come in June, you will be able to attend the Elba festival: main shows taking place in Pilnitz. Lots of food (literally of any cuisine known to the humankind), drink, music and fireworks!
This is a beautiful castle called Pillnitz.
I scanned a postcard which I thought gives you a great view of the whole picture.
- Family Travel
Schloß Pillnitz used to be the summer residence of the Saxonian kings. It is a beautiful palace with a nice museum inside and a fantastic park outside!
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