Schloß Moritzburg Travel Guide

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    A WALK AROUND THE SCHLOSS PARK

    by balhannah Updated Dec 14, 2013

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    From the balconies of the Schloss, I looked over the park and the man-made lake. As is the case in these places, everything was trimmed, neat and tidy!

    When the Schloss was completed into the baroque hunting lodge that "Augustus the Strong" wanted, he then turned to thinking about a castle park. Most of the plans put before him were of French layout, quite fashionable at that time. August the Strong died before completion of his French styled garden, so the garden was completed after his death in its basic design only.
    An 8-arm, star-shaped system of alleys was cut through the the forest on the northern side of the property for royal fox hunting with hounds. The ruins of the Hellhaus [1787], are on a raised point of land at the intersection of the paths. The Hellhaus was used for court hunting parties because from here, the so-called "swan keeper" would indicate the direction of flight the game took that were to be hunted. This was done using flags, which he would raise from the top of the building.

    Another alley visually connects the castle with the "Little Pheasant Castle", a walk of approx 2.5 kms from the Schloss. Not far from the Little Pheasant Castle, is the Well of Venus, one of the largest Baroque fountains in Saxony. This is where the eastern end of a canal ends.
    When the Palace was reconstructed in the 1700s, the large pond surrounding the castle’s artificial island was built from what was originally four smaller ponds. The other ponds in the forest have been used for carp production since then.
    It was the 19th century when rare plants were added and it became known as a romantic park.

    Really, you need either a half to full day here if your going to look inside the Palace and then wander around the large park. You can walk or be taken by horse-drawn coach.

    Each year at Schloss Moritzburg are these events.
    Moritzburg "Festival of Chamber Music"
    "Stallions’ Parade" in the former royal stud farm outside the castle gates.

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    STATUES & URNS ON THE BALCONIES

    by balhannah Updated Dec 14, 2013

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    A walk around the Schloss Terrace was quite interesting, for on the balustrade were many sandstone sculptures and Urns with the theme of hunting and pleasure when at the Schloss

    There are six large hunter’s figures, some with his faithful dog beside him, one was about to blow his horn. Others were Putti holding a dead Rabbit, some had a Fish head, one had a Boars head. There were many, many more!
    The Urns actually told the story of a hunt

    If you like this type of thing, then remember to walk around here before heading to the park.

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    INSIDE SCHLOSS MORITZBURG

    by balhannah Written Dec 14, 2013

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    Another Schloss with NO PHOTOS ALLOWED
    Mmm, not a good start, I like my photos so I can remember, and all I could take were a few before the tour of the Baroque castle.

    There are 60 rooms in the Schloss, I can't remember how many I saw. One was the Feather room, this had an interesting story to tell. It was thought to be the Throne room of a Mexican King. To create the room, American Indian slaves are said to have processed millions of South-American birds’ feathers. Is it true that "Augustus the Strong" received it from the Spanish king as a prize for his participation in a bullfight? Nobody knows!

    Another is the Leather Tapestry room which contains the largest inventory of Baroque leather tapestry. The Baroque wall design features from mythology, Diana, the Goddess of Hunting.

    Another room is full Antlers and huge red deer heads mounted on the walls, so many that its believed to be one of the best hunting trophy collections

    Located in the Hunting Tower, porcelain is on display, no surprise as we are in an area well known for its famous Porcelain companies.

    The Schloss wasn't furnished like many other Palaces I had previously seen, rooms were quite bare, it was the walls that were the attraction.
    I was disappointed with the inside, I expected more. I loved the outside and the park.

    OPEN 10 - 5.30PM
    ADMISSION IN 2013 Adults 7euros concession 3.5 euros

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Schloß Moritzburg Transportation

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    CAR PARK & HORSE & CARRIAGE

    by balhannah Written Dec 14, 2013

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    We came to Moritzburg via the S80 from Meissen. As we entered, I could see the Schloss was on our left. Upon seeing this was the "where do we find a park" question.
    Not a problem here. Turn right at the entrance to the Schloss, this takes you along Schlossallee. On the RH side is a large car-park, turn right into here, find a park and buy a ticket from the machine for an allotted time. No problem at all!

    Do buy a ticket as the day we were there, a parking inspector was doing the rounds.

    DO YOU FEEL LIKE WALKING OR HORSE & CARRIAGE?

    As we walked from the carpark, along the front wall of the car-park was the parking station for the Horse & Carriages. There was only one waiting, so must be quite popular! We chose to walk as it wasn't far, and we only wanted to see the Castle and not the whole park or the whole town of Moritzburg.

    Waiting for business Parking lot on the right
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    Lößnitzgrundbahn: Historical Steam...

    by Kathrin_E Updated Mar 16, 2009

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    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.

    Flyer in English as PDF

    Timetable 2009
    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.

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