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    THE ENGLISH GARDEN @ SCHLOSS PILLNITZ

    by balhannah Written Dec 17, 2013

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    It was Spring in the 1700s, when a decision was made to have an English garden.
    I walked through and around this green area amongst the trees finding some sculptures along the way. I found the English Pavilion from 1780, a round temple modeled after the tempietto in Rome. It overlooked the lake. As I couldn't go inside, I have only read there are three rooms inside, all decorated differently.

    Entry to the garden is Adults 2 euros Concession 1 euro

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    HISTORIC CAMELLIA BUSH

    by balhannah Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    230 year old Camellia tree in its house
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    I doubt if you would find many Camellia trees as old as this one. The Camellia is protected in a removable Glass house, in which temperature, ventilation, humidity, and shade are controlled by a climate regulation computer in Winter, and in the warmer months, the house is rolled away from the tree.
    The best time to see the Camellia if you can, is at “Blossom Time”, from the middle of February until May, when the camellia has thousands of crimson red blossoms. Every year, a limited number of shoots from the camellia are sold during the Blossom Time.

    The garden had an area with lots of different Camellias, most of them flowering when I was there.

    CAMELLIA HOUSE OPEN. mid-February to mid-April daily from 10-5PM

    Day ticket for the castle park and plant houses
    Admission € 2.00
    Reduced admission € 1.00

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    THE ORANGERIE

    by balhannah Written Dec 17, 2013

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    Schloss Pillnitz Orangerie

    The Orangerie is a impressive building in the Palace garden. It consists of three buildings, the jousting building is in the middle and on each side are the east and west wings. The jousting building is one of the oldest buildings at Schloss Pillnitz, as it dates back to 1725,

    Use of the Orangerie began in 1799, when the heat loving plants were moved into there for survival during the colder months. The six oldest citrus plants of the Orangerie are over 250 years old and the oldest citrus plants in Germany. These orange trees still bear lots of fruit, despite their age!

    The Orangerie is used for special shows where visitors can view rare plants and it can be booked for private parties, exhibitions or concerts as it can accommodate 660 people.

    Day ticket for the castle park and plant houses
    Admission € 2.00
    Reduced admission € 1.00

    Park is open 9 - 6pm
    Park entrances are located at the AHA-ditch at the Lustgarten (near the visitor center) and the Palm House.

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    BAROQUE FLOWER GARDEN

    by balhannah Written Dec 17, 2013

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    The Palace buildings including the Riverside Palace, Upper Palace and the New Palace all surround a Baroque flower garden, whose centrepiece is a pond with a large fountain. The flowers were nice, but unless your up high, it really is hard to see the layout of the garden. Unfortunately, a large part of the garden was up-rooted and the fountain wasn't working!
    The garden led to a Chestnut tree lined pathway that ran parallel to the River Elbe.

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    CHECK THE FLOOD LEVELS

    by balhannah Written Dec 17, 2013

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    Flood marker

    As the Palace is built right beside the River Elbe, it comes as no surprise that is has often been flooded.

    The Pillnitz dock is beside the Palace, from here, a wide stairway leads to the Palace.
    On the balcony just above the stairway are markers that indicate the floodlines of some of Pillnitz's worst floods. Those lines are on the stone wall with the small arches directly below the painted facade.
    There have been some huge floods, the largest in 2002 & 1845. Most of the other floods were in the 1800s.

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    RIVERSIDE PALACE - WASSERPALAIS

    by balhannah Written Dec 16, 2013

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    From the New Palace, I walked along to the Water Palace. This stunning building was the first building built at Schloss Pillnitz. Built between 1720/21, three two-story pavilions were built and were connected by galleries. The staircase from the River Elbe was the main entrance to the castle.
    The Water Palace has curved roofs and is decorated with Chinoiserie paintings to give the impression of an "Indian summer residence". Between 1788/91, the water palace was structurally changed.

    Today, it is one part of the Decorative Arts Museum, the rest of the Museum is in the Upper Palace.
    Many magnificent pieces belonging to Kings and Electors of Saxony are on display. These include gilded Thrones, silver furniture, cut & painted glasses, Lace & embroidery, Delftware & German stoneware, lacquer furniture and other pieces of furniture, all luxurious and elegant.

    OPEN
    May to October Tuesday to Sunday 10 - 6PM
    November to April, the castle offers guided tours of the museum on weekends
    hourly FROM 11-3PM
    ADMISSION
    ADULTS 6,00 €, reduced € 4.00, children 6-16 years € 2.00)

    MUSEUM DAY TICKET FOR both museums, castle park and plant houses
    Admission 8.00 €
    Reduced admission € 6.00
    free admission for children up to 16 years

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    THE PALACE MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    The Palace Museum is located in the New Palace, a Neo-classical styled building with a Neo-classical domed hall, the only one in Dresden. It was built between 1819-1826, after the Countess' palace burnt down in 1818. It joins the Upper Palace (''Bergpalais''), built between 1722 and 1723, and the Riverside Palace (''Wasserpalais''), built between 1720 and 1721.
    As I was here before opening time, I could only view the outside.

    I have seen photos and read information on the inside and can say it looks worth seeing.

    Here you learn about what went on in Pillnitz Castle
    What you see, is the domed hall, the royal court kitchen and the Catholic chapel.

    With the burning of the old Renaissance castle, The Royal Court Kitchens were re-built in 1830 to feed not only the royal family, but also the court staff of approx. 70 people. A large part of the kitchen inventory was lost, so it was re-constructed in 2000 with the help of written sources and images, meaning that the pieces on display are accurate copies. .

    Between 1823-1829 the Chapel wing was built and the new Chapel was consecrated on 16th June 1830. Here, many frescos depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary can be seen. These were done by the Court Painter. The chapel has been renovated and is being used by the Catholic Church.

    The New Palace building has six free-standing Corinthian columns on each side of the square room and paintings with allegorical figures and representatives of the arts.

    Castle Museum and Museum of Decorative Arts
    OPEN: May to October Tuesday to Sunday 10 - 6PM
    November to April, the castle offers guided tours of the museum on weekends
    CLOSED IN WINTER
    OPEN on the weekends, hourly 11-3pm castle tours take place
    ADULTS 6 euros Reduced 4 euros children 6-16 years 2 euros

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    THE OLD GUARD @ SCHLOSS PILLNITZ

    by balhannah Written Dec 15, 2013

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    Look for these ticket notice boards

    The visitor center at Schloss Pillnitz is located in the "Old Guard"
    The "Old Guard" was used by the royal guard detachment as its headquarters, now it's the visitor center where I bought my admission ticket for the garden, it's where you meet if your doing a tour and its also where exhibitions are held in the upstairs rooms through-out the year. There is a gift shop and bookstore where I bought some postcards. Before going exploring, I picked up a FREE MAP from here which I was pleased to have because of the area the Palace and gardens cover.

    The Visitor centre and the Castle Museum and Museum of Decorative Arts ARE OPEN FROM
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May to October
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from November through April.
    Toilets and a restaurant are in separate buildings nearby.

    The park is open 6am and closes at dusk.
    Bicycles are not to be taken into the park, bike racks can be found at the park entrances.

    MUSEUMS ARE CLOSED IN WINTER
    On weekends, they are open from 11-3pm on a castle tour
    ADMISSION: Adults 6,00 €, reduced € 4.00, children 6-16 years € 2.00

    Ticket prices in the summer season for CASTLE PARK & PLANT HOUSES
    Admission € 2.00 Reduced € 1.00

    MUSEUM TICKET FOR BOTH MUSEUMS, CASTLE PARK & PLANT HOUSES
    Admission 8.00 € Reduced € 6.00

    Look for the notice boards directing you to the Old Guard House for tickets

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    English garden

    by german_eagle Written Jun 17, 2012

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    From 1778 on the northwestern grounds were re-designed as an English style garden. The English pavillion was built, the pond constructed, an older building was reconstructed and used as orangery and so on. This part of the park has an ambience closer to natural landscape, you almost don't feel like it is designed. I like that a lot. Strolling on the paths under the huge trees that provide shade in summer is very pleasant. Watching the ducks is also fun!

    In winter/early spring you can peek into the orangery and see the tropical plants, admire the blooming camellia. Don't miss to notice the different trees all over the English garden: It is an arboretum, many trees are from other continents.

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    Dutch garden

    by german_eagle Written Jun 17, 2012

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    Flower beds, Flora statue and church in vineyards
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    Behind the mountain palace is the so called Dutch garden. It was designed after 1723 and is basically originally preserved. The garden stretches from the backside of the mountain palace toward the Chinese pavillion (which was built later, the original plan was to enlarge the park to the hills). A large central lawn and two smaller lawns to the sides are separated by lines of linden- and chestnut trees. These lawns are most beautiful in early spring when thousands of crocuses are in bloom.

    In some distance from the palace are some flower beds and a statue depicting flora. Interesting views from there to the Palmenhaus and the church in the vineyards.

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    Palmenhaus

    by german_eagle Written Jun 17, 2012

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    This large greenhouse is one of the oldest in Europe, erected 1859. After thorough restoration it was re-opened in 2009. It is divided into three sections: The southern part is home for mostly South-African plants, the central hall is for the palms and other tropical plants, the northern wing is for Australian vegetation.

    While both side wings are each divided into one warm and one cold room, the central hall (called octogon) always has warm temperatures. With a small waterspout fountain and benches it is perfect for a rest. The adjoining rooms in the back have temporary (art mostly) exhibits.

    Admission is included in the park entrance fee. Open daily 10-17 h.

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    Palace chapel

    by german_eagle Written Jun 17, 2012

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    The catholic palace chapel is situated in the northern wing of the New Palace, built 1818-30. The interior is relatively simple, corinthian style pilasters give structure to the walls. Design is by Carl Christian von Vogelstein in Nazarene style - scenes from the life of Mary, on the ceiling a painting depicting Mary's assumption, the altar painting a sacra conversazione. The organ is from mid 19th century by Jehmlich, Dresden.

    If you visit on weekend you might find the doors to the chapel closed: It's popular for weddings.

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    English Pavillon

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 17, 2012

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    In the late 18th century the style of large areas of the park were changed - from French (Baroque) to English. The ideas of J. J. Rousseau took over - back to nature. At the same time some minor buildings were constructed.

    One of them is the English Pavillon, built in classical style 1786 by the leading Dresden architects of that era, modelled after Bramante's Tempietto.

    The setting with a small nearby lake is picturesque. Join a guided tour to see it inside (recently renovated).

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    Baroque Garden

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 17, 2012

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    The formal Baroque Garden is situated between New Palace, Water and Mountain Palaces and stretches northwest from there. The part between the buildings has lawns, flower beds, a fountain in the centre, trees in the corners. It's truly stunning - see the pictures.

    A specialty are the hedge quarters further northwest. The intention was to create a sort of "open air" rooms for the royal festivities in summer (for a tete-a-tete e.g. :-)). They were equipped for such occasions with chairs, tables etc. - nowadays most of them have some benches, flower beds and shrubs, otherwise visitors would complain they were empty :-)

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    Schloss Pillnitz - The Camellia

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 17, 2012

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    Don't miss to see this famous Camellia! It is probably the oldest in Europe.

    It is one of four Camellias which were brought from Japan to Kew (near London) in 1776. One of the four stayed in Kew, one was taken to Herrenhausen (Hannover) and one to Schönbrunn (Vienna). The Pillnitz Camellia was taken from Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew to Pillnitz in 1780 and is the only one which survived.

    Currently it has a height of 8.5 m and a circumference of 12 m and it is still growing! From late Feb till mid May it is in bloom. A greenhouse protects the Camellia from freezing temps in winter. Mid May the greenhouse is removed for summer season.

    Admission fee to the greenhouse is included in the park admission fee (2 Euro).

    There are other, smaller camellias of different sorts in the Orangery in winter and all over the park in summer.

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