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    Lutherkirche

    by german_eagle Written May 10, 2015

    The other main church of Radebeul is Lutherkirche, located at the main road through the town, Meißner Straße, in Radebeul-Ost. It is an impressive building in Neo-Renaissance style from 1891/92 by Rudolf Schilling & Julius Gräbner. They used brick for the walls and sandstone for decoration. The church is north (steeple) - south (choir) oriented, reason was that the parish wanted to show off their wealth with an impressive architecture - the choir - to the travelers on the trains, passing in short distance south of the church.

    Anyway, the church resembles typical elements of 16th century churches in the region and also the castle in Torgau - an important site of Lutheran reformation. The interior in style of German Renaissance is originally preserved: altar, pulpit and lectern are collaborations of Kurt Roch and Johannes Ludwig, the baptismal font is also a work of Kurt Roch. Worth seeing is the wrought-iron door to the baptismal chapel by August Kühnscherf. The stained-glass windows are works of Bruno Urban after motifs of Albrecht Dürer.

    The church is open daily April - October.

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    Ev.-Lutheran Friedenskirche Kötzschenbroda

    by german_eagle Written May 10, 2015

    The parish church in (Alt-)Kötzschenbroda, located on the eastern end of the main square, is more historically significant than for its architecture/works of art. It is aptly named "Friedenskirche" (peace church) as this (actually the neighbouring parsonage) is where Saxony and Sweden signed an armistice on 27 August 1645, which ended the thirty-years war for both countries three years before the final peace treaty was signed in Münster and Osnabrück. There is a small exhibit in the ground floor room of the steeple, accessible from the church nave (free), where you can see the table where the armistice was signed, a facsimile of the document and find some basics listed about the thirty-years war.

    The present church dates from 1646, erected after the Gothic building was severely damaged by the Swedish troops, and redesigned in 1884/85. The choir and the steeple are still relics of the Gothic church. The only really old piece in the church is the pulpit from 1642. Well worth a look are the stained-glass windows in the choir, modern works of art on the themes peace, Jesus Christ and mercy.

    The church is open daily April through October. Usually you can climb the steeple for great views of Radebeul, the vineyards and even Dresden and Saxon Switzerland in far distance - but in 2015 it was closed for construction works.

    Friedenskirche from Elbe cycling trail Friedenskirche stained-glass windows in the choir armistice exhibit view from the steeple
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    Altkötzschenbroda

    by german_eagle Updated May 1, 2015

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    The main square of Kötzschenbroda, has the form of a long and wide street, which was called Hauptstrasse until the villages united in 1935 under the name Radebeul. Since then it is called Alt(Old)-Kötzschenbroda. On the northern side a one-way street (west-east) runs in front of the townhouses, then follows a footpath, with benches and occasional outdoor seating of restaurants, lined with trees in the middle, and then there's a locals-only tiny cobbled one-way street on the southern side in front of the houses.

    The ensemble along that street/square is very picturesque. In the 1990s the owners started renovating the old houses and opened (wine-) restaurants, cafes, craftwork shops, galleries etc. It is fun to stroll along that street, sip a glass of wine here or buy a tasty piece of cheese there, watch the artisans at work, do some window shopping (craftwork, mostly pottery) etc. Locals use to meet here, especially on mild summer nights, but also for a coffee inbetween or so. Don't miss to check out the backyards also - romantic. Not to miss is the Friedenskirche, the parish church of Kötzschenbroda, but it deserves a separate tip.

    Every year in Sept a huge wine festival takes place here. It is crowded, but absolutely fantastic. (Small entrance fee.) Music bands, jugglers, open-air theatre, and of course wine tasting and lots of yummy food!

    Alt-K��tzschenbroda, impression
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    Schloss Hoflössnitz

    by german_eagle Updated May 1, 2015

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    Schloss Hofloessnitz (I refuse to use the term "castle" - it is more like a manor) is a very charming ensemble in a beautiful setting. It was built 1650 in late Renaissance style. The ground floor of the main building is home of a museum on viticulture, on the upper floor you can see the bedrooms of the Elector Duke of Saxony and his wife and also the main hall.

    Absolutely stunning are the paintings on the walls and ceilings on the upper floor. Some of them depict exotic birds which the Dutch painter Eyckhout had seen on his trip to South America 1636 - 44, the others depict the human virtues. It is fun to guess which virtue exactly is which - there is a description available in the main hall where you can see if you were right :-)

    Don't miss a wine tasting in the cafe/wine restaurant or buy a bottle and have a picnic under the huge chestnut tree.

    I also recommend to walk through the nearby vineyards. Very nice.

    Schloss Hofl��ssnitz, Main Hall Schloss Hofloessnitz upper floor, one of the bedrooms Birds, painted by Eyckhout Schloss Hofloessnitz with vineyards and Spitzhaus
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    Spitzhaus Stairs

    by Kathrin_E Updated Mar 18, 2009

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    Spitzhaustreppe is a steep and long stairway that begins near Hoflößnitz palace and leads straight up to the top of the hill, to Bismarck tower and Spitzhaus. I have not counted how many stairs it has - many. Very many.

    The view is worth the effort!

    When you walk up, don't stop. Keep walking. No matter how slowly, but keep walking, otherwise it will be even harder to continue.
    If you feel you must stop, please don't block the way, force others to stop and make it harder for them, too.

    Update: I have just been told by a local expert that the number of stairs is 365. Enjoy!

    Spitzhaustreppe, bottom end Spitzhaustreppe, top end
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    Meinholds Weinberg

    by Kathrin_E Updated Mar 15, 2009

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    The pretty house with the tower was built in the 16th century as winery and enlarged in the late 18th century. In 1792 it was bought by court typographer Carl Christian Meinhold.
    In 1840 the tower was simplified to its present shape. The main building was designed by C. E. Johne, a student of Gottfried Semper, and erected in 1851.

    Meinholds Weinberg
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    Hoflößnitz Palace

    by Kathrin_E Updated Mar 15, 2009

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    The Margraves, later Electors and still later Kings of Saxony owned the winery in this location since 1401. In the 17th century, after the desastrous 30 Year War, Elector Johann Georg I had the little palace built, which was completed in 1650. It served as hunting lodge and maison de plaisance.

    The palace now hosts a smal museum about the history of the place and viticulture in the Elbe valley. The first floor still has the festival hall and apartments of the principal couple with their original paintings all over the walls and ceilings. These rooms are the palace's treasure, the paintings are wonderful. Travelogue with more photos of the rooms and their paintings
    The main hall is used for civil weddings.
    Two cute dioramas, home-made by someone in the village almost 100 years ago, show scenes from baroque life at Hoflößnitz, they are presented on the second floor.

    Opening hours:
    Tues - Fri 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00
    Sat, Sun and holidays: 10:00-18:00

    Entrance fee:
    Adults 2.30 €, concessions 1.50 €, children (6-14) 1.00 €

    The classicist building opposite the palace, named Kavaliershaus, used to be the house of the administrator. It contains the winery, which is still in operation and produces its own wines, and a shop where local wines can be sampled and bought. Opening hours like the museum.

    Hofl����nitz Hofl����nitz among the vineyards Hofl����nitz, Kavaliershaus Hofl����nitz, main hall
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    Bismarck Tower

    by Kathrin_E Updated Mar 14, 2009

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    Monumental towers in the honour of Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of the German Empire from its founding in 1871 to 1890, can be found all over Germany. After Bismarck's death in 1898, all in all 240 of these towers were erected, most of them designed by Wilhelm Kreis, all over the empire and even in the colonies. About two thirds of them are still preserved.

    The one in Radebeul, built in 1907, is a small variety. It is standing on the edge of the hillside above Oberlössnitz next to the top end of Spitzhaustreppe. The tower consists of walls without a roof and can't be climbed. This would not be necessary anyway because the terrace in front of the tower already offers an amazing view of the Elbe valley over to Dresden (photos 3 and 4).

    Bismarck tower Bismarck tower View of Dresden and Radebeul from Bismarck tower View of Dresden centre from Bismarck tower
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    Vineyards

    by Kathrin_E Updated Mar 14, 2009

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    The upper, steeper slopes of the hills are covered in terraced vineyards. Steep paths and stairs lead uphill. The view from the top is amazing.

    Elbe wines are rarely available outside the region. The amount of wine the winemakers along the Elbe valley produce is rather small so hardly any is exported. If you like whites, especially dry whites, don't miss trying them.

    The vineyard of Oberlößnitz is named "Goldener Wagen", Golden Carriage.

    Bismarck tower and Spitzhaus above the vineyards Hofl����nith vineyard Gate of Goldener Wagen vineyard Terraced vineyards
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    Saxon Wine

    by King_Golo Written Jul 16, 2005

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    When in Dresden, try to go to Radebeul, some 15km away, for a day. Radebeul is famous for its wines growing on the hills of the Elbe valley. Wackerbarth castle (Schloss Wackerbarth) is a good place to get an insight into winegrowing. Tours are offered including wine-tasting and walking through the vineyards. In summertime, several music events take place on the premises. Furthermore, a shop provides a good selection of local wines. Make sure you visit the shop, as there is an interestingly designed armchair - made entirely out of corks!
    Unfortunately, tours and everything else is rather expensive at 9 euro per person, but you can stroll through the vineyard on your own without paying. A good and short walk goes up the hill just opposite the actual castle. From up there, you'll have a marvellous view on the Elbe valley.

    The vineyards of Schloss Wackerbarth
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    Schloss Wackerbarth

    by german_eagle Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Schloss Wackerbarth is the incarnation of a Baroque palace in combination with viticulture. The small palace was built 1727 - 29 for the state secretary of King Augustus the Strong, Count Wackerbarth - as a retreat after he retired.

    While the palace was remodeled in 19th/20th centuries (although in Neo-Baroque style, so it did not change the ambience) the small pavillion in the garden, called Belvedere, is originally preserved. A magical place inmidst the vineyards.

    Nowadays Schloss Wackerbarth is State Winery of Saxony. They produce excellent wines and Sekt (sort of champagne), especially of white grapes like Pinot Blanc + Gris, Riesling, Traminer etc.

    Their restaurant is excellent. Don't miss a guided tour - either Wine or Sekt tasting or the Historical tour, which includes a visit of the palace and the Belvedere.

    And, as usual, I recommend a walk through the vineyards, up to the so called "Jakobstein", with views of Radebeul, Dresden and even Saxon Switzerland's flat-top mountains.

    Schloss Wackerbarth Belvedere and Jakobstein inside Schloss Wackerbarth Schloss Wackerbarth Schloss Wackerbarth overview
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