The rooms of the palace still have a baroque appearance although the furniture is not complete any more. Famous among experts: the wall coverings of stamped and gilded leather.
Being a hunting lodge, the interior of the palace contains a huge collection of hunting trophies, mostly stag antlers. The "Hall of Monstrosities" is especially notable - here we find a large number of misshaped antlers in the weirdest, even sickening varieties.
The forest and the lake of Moritzburg used to be the preferred hunting and fishing location of the Saxon princes since the middle ages. In 1542 a first hunting lodge was built. The palace chapel dates from the second half of the 17th century. August the Strong had the palace enlarged in 1723-1733. Court architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann designed the representative building with its four round towers. The palace is situated on an artificial island in the middle of the lake. A dam connects it with the mainland.
There is more to Moritzburg than just the main palace. The whole surroundings have been redesigned to create an artificial baroque landscape as royal hunting and leisure resort. It includes the lake, the park beyond, the forest with its long straight alleys, the canals, and the small Fasanerie palace.
Fasanerie indicates that pheasants were kept and bred here. The Fasanerie palace was built in 1770-1776 in Chinese style. It is combined with a harbour and lighthouse, a landscape garden, fountains and sculptures and two artificial islands.
If you plan to visit Moritzburg palace, these trains are not the fastest but the most romantic way of getting there. They are fun to ride. This train route along Lößnitzgrund valley is operated by historical steam trains, nicknamed Lößnitzdackel (dachshund) due to their speed, or lack thereof.
Radebeul Ost station is the starting point of the narrow gauge railway to Radeburg and Moritzburg. From Dresden, take the S-Bahn to Radebeul Ost.
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Check the timetable carefully because connections are not too frequent.
Hint: From Moritzburg train station to the palace you have to walk about 2 kilometres. In case you have difficulties or don't like walking, think of a different method of transport, for example the bus.