Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden
Pillnitz Palace and gardens are a magnificent example of the harmonic combination of architecture and nature in Saxony.
Nothing of the previous medieval buildings remained. Elector Duke Augustus the Strong bought the small Renaissance castle 1694, gave it to his mistress Countess Cosel 1706 and took it back (read: confiscated) the property in 1718.
Both Water- and Mountain Palace were built 1720 - 25 according to plans of architects Pöppelmann and Longelune in a Baroque style. The Chinoise style of roofs and decorating paintings makes it particularly charming. Later additions in classicistic style were built, not disturbing, in similar style.
In the early 19th century the palace became official summer residence of the Kings of Saxony.
It has always been a place for celebrations. The guests used to get to Pillnitz Palace by boat on the Elbe river and arrived right on the magnificent staircase leading up to the Water Palace.
Both Water- and Mountain Palace are home of the nice museum of decorative arts. Don't miss to stroll through the magnificent gardens, see the Camellia and the neighbouring vineyards.
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Though the scenically situated palace had been on the Elbe river considerably longer, this beautiful former summer residence of August The Strong was expanded for his use in 1720. The Baroque buildings were designed by Pöppelmann with the Water and Mountain Palaces separated by gorgeous gardens that draw thousands of visitors each season. The complex is sprawling and the gardens surprisingly free of charge. Even a tour of the museum is only 3 Euros. One can reach it by car or train but perhaps the best route is via the Elbe River, whether by boat on even on foot.
Pillnitz Palace was once the summer residence of the Saxon royal court. The central part of the palace was built 1720-22 for Augustus the Strong. In my eyes the best part is the vast park. This English garden has an over 200-year-old Japanese camellia and numerous other rare trees. Do not miss the have a meal and an excellent glass of wine, which has grown on the slopes around Pillnitz, in the nearby restaurant.
You can make a short river cruise from Dresden to reach beautiful baroque Schloss Pillnitz, located on the bank of the river Elbe. The cruise itself gives fine views on the riverbanks, the bridge "Blaues Wunder" and finally on Schloss Pillnitz.