Schloß Pillnitz Travel Guide

  • Camellia @ Schloss Pillnitz
    Camellia @ Schloss Pillnitz
    by balhannah
  • Camellia @ Schloss Pillnitz
    Camellia @ Schloss Pillnitz
    by balhannah
  • Schloss Pillnitz
    Schloss Pillnitz
    by balhannah

Schloß Pillnitz Things to Do

  • THE ENGLISH GARDEN @ SCHLOSS PILLNITZ

    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...

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  • HISTORIC CAMELLIA BUSH

    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...

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  • THE 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...

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  • BAROQUE FLOWER GARDEN

    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...

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  • CHECK THE FLOOD LEVELS

    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...

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  • RIVERSIDE PALACE - WASSERPALAIS

    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...

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  • THE PALACE MUSEUM

    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...

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  • THE OLD GUARD @ SCHLOSS PILLNITZ

    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....

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  • English garden

    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...

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  • Dutch garden

    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...

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  • Palmenhaus

    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...

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  • Palace chapel

    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...

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Schloß Pillnitz Restaurants

  • Cafe Hübner

    Cafe Hübner is a branch of the bakery of the same name, at home in nearby village Eschdorf. They look back at a tradition of 125 years. The cafe in Schönfeld exists since 1996.The interior is modern, cosy, and when I visited it was frequented mostly by locals - which is a good sign. Service was very friendly, quick and attentive. Prices are very...

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  • Schlossrestaurant(s)

    As the name indicates, these are restaurants right next to the palace - actually in buildings that were parts of the palace ensemble, former economy buildings from the 18th/early 19th century. Nowadays a four-star hotel is here, they also run the restaurants.I have not had a meal in their fancy "Kaminrestaurant" yet. But I've been to the...

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  • Oberer Gasthof Niederpoyritz

    Very charming restaurant. Cosy, familiar ambience. Very good Hungaro-Austrian food at reasonable prices. Better make reservations since they have only 32 seats inside. Summer garden and parking.opening hours:Mon - Fri 11 - 14.30 and 17.30 - 23 hSat/Sun 11-23 h We had roasted lamb with ratatouille and a sort of dumplings. Very tasty. Red wine from...

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  • Wippler

    This is one of the nicest cafes/bakeries/pastry shops in Dresden. Wippler is a family business that is at home in Pillnitz but has several cafes and shops all over the northeastern areas of Dresden - their cafe at Körnerplatz in Loschwitz probably the best known (and most charming). They look back on more than 100 years of family tradition!Here in...

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  • Parkcafe

    A short walk outside the Palace and garden grounds (exit near the English pavillion) is this nice, small cafe. It is located right on the main street coming from Dresden. The house was bought by the Royal family's physician and famous painter Carl Gustav Carus in 1832 for his summer stays in Pillnitz. So the house has a history, and it has kept its...

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  • Elbterrasse Wachwitz

    One of my favourite restaurants in Dresden. Unique location, in the charming quiet village Wachwitz, right by the river. Magical ambience in the evening and especially in mild summer nights. Large (heated) terrace, where you can sit under the trees and watch the steamboats pass by on the river ...Very good service, excellent food.Accessible by bus...

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Schloß Pillnitz Transportation

  • BOAT TO SCHLOSS PILLNITZ

    If we didn't have a car, coming by Ferry or Paddlesteamer would have been my choice. As we travelled by car, we had glimpses of the scenery alongside the river and it sure was nice!I love travelling by boat as the views are uninterrupted and I often have a foreground of water in my photos. This would be a pretty trip as you would be looking at...

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  • FINDING PILLNITZ PALACE

    Thank-goodness it was early morning when we were heading to Pillnitz palace as the majority of traffic was heading to Dresden. Why I say this, is because the tourist sign with directions to the Palace is nearly on the road where you have to turn right, across the traffic - something to be aware of!To make matters worse, the entrance was located on...

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  • Driving

    My least favourite way of going to Pillnitz is driving. Honestly, the street between Dresden-Loschwitz and Pillnitz is narrow, speed limit is mostly 30 km/h, and parking in Pillnitz is costly. So why not taking public transportation or cycling?There is a relatively large parking next to the bus stop Leonardo-da-Vinci-Straße, which is still a five...

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Schloß Pillnitz Shopping

  • Pottery from all over Saxony

    The sales exhibition of the Saxon Potter Guild (Sächsischer Töpferinnung) presents and sells the works of their members. You can choose among pottery of high quality from several dozens of workshops all over Saxony in their different designs and styles. Even if you don't plan to shop, seeing the variety is worthwhile. The price unique handmade...

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  • Wine and Food

    This little wine (and related food) shop has a nice, familiar ambience. Excellent advice is given. You can also taste local wine.Opening hours:Wed - Fri 15 - 19 hSat 10 -13 hBus: No. 83 (direction Pillnitz), stop van-Gogh Strasse, short walk uphill. Local and Italian/French wine, food from Italy like olive oil, aceto balsamico, pasta, pesto sauce...

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Schloß Pillnitz Local Customs

  • Weekend of the open wineries

    Every year the last weekend of August is reserved for viticulture. All the wineries along the Elbe river, from Diesbar-Seusslitz in the North, Meissen, Radebeul, Dresden to Pillnitz in the South open their doors to visitors. My favourites in the Pillnitz area are Zimmerling, who makes mostly organic wines, and Götze, who is also a...

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  • Christmas market Schönfeld

    Another small Christmas market is held around and in the castle Schönfeld, a village that is part of the city Dresden, but in lovely rural setting on the plateau above Pillnitz. This market only takes place Friday to Sunday on 3rd Advent weekend. It is another *must* visit IMO, in case you're in the area that weekend.There are about 20 stalls...

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  • Advent vesper and concert

    The church in Loschwitz has a strong connection to the Christmas market around the corner. On Advent weekends they host concerts for free e.g. I love their Advent vesper - which is more a concert - on Saturday before 3rd Advent, and attend every year if possible. It is a traditional Christmas carol concert to sing along. Musicians are the local...

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Schloß Pillnitz Off The Beaten Path

  • Rysselkuppe

    Yet another viewing point: Rysselkuppe is located above Oberpoyritz, a tiny village at the foot of the vineyards east of Pillnitz. To get there walk the vineyard trail above Pillnitz or walk up from Oberpoyritz (bus #63).What makes Rysselkuppe very interesting are topography and geology. It is a cone-shaped protrusion, the lower half, below the...

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  • The ruin

    When the park of Pillnitz Palace was redesigned in English style from 1770 on, the nearby hillsides were included in the plan. The romantic Friedrichsgrund glen from Pillnitz up to the Plateau was turned into a park-like area, with paths, flights of steps, small bridges, benches, monuments, viewing points.The top of the eastern hillside of...

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  • Sachsen Hiefel viewing point

    Another favourite viewing point of mine is "Sachsen Hiefel", elevation 260 m and so about 150 m above the river. You get there by a hike from Hosterwitz/Pillnitz uphill or on a short walk from the village Rockau, up on the plateau. To get to Rockau you need to take some buses, first #226 from Dresden-Bühlau, then another smaller one, #98A or #98B -...

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Schloß Pillnitz Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking: Malschendorf - Friedrichsgrund -...

    Several glens lead from the plateau Schönfeld-Weißig down to the Elbe river. One of them is Friedrichsgrund glen. Start of the hike is Malschendorf, a quaint farmers' village on the plateau that has recently become a popular residential area for well-off Dresdners who want to escape the bustling city, but still want to live close enough to make...

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  • Hiking: Zuckerhut

    The so called "Zuckerhut" (sugarloaf) above Hosterwitz is a nice, little known viewing point. The hike starts at the bus stop "An der Obstplantage" ( bus #63), from there head toward the hills. To the right you see Keppschloss, a Neo-Gothic castle from the 19th century (pic 1). Trail passes this castle (now upscale private apartments) and leads up...

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  • Hiking: Dichter-Musiker-Maler-Weg

    The region between Loschwitz and Pillnitz offers excellent hiking/walking trails. There are many wonderful viewing points at the edge of the plateau, the glens are shady and romantic, the forests and vineyards beautiful - and there are lots of interesting places of culture/museums along the way.The marked trail introduced here refers to the many...

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Schloß Pillnitz Favorites

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    by balhannah Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Pillnitz Palace is different to many other Palaces as it is decorated with Chinese art [Chinoiserie.] This is found on the outside and the inside of the Palace walls.
    Chinoiserie was very fashionable in the late 17th - mid 18th centuries in Europe. Augutus the Strong must have liked it to have two wings of the Water Palace designed and built in baroque, with chinoiserie style murals decorating the facades of the buildings.
    I took a good look at the figurines painted on the yellow, brown, silver and orange patterned façade. It's really interesting that the elaborate and intricate pattern contains both western and eastern figurines, representing England, China, and Japan. I loved the stories these patterns told!

    More Chinese influence can be seen in the curvature of the many roofs and turrets and in the garden.

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