Saksoński „Król-Słońce“: August Mocny

Założył dzisiejszą „Florencję nad Łabą”: zakochany w sztuce saksoński książę elektor August Mocny uczynił z Drezna w początkowych latach 18 wieku artystyczną metropolię europejskiej rangi. Wspaniałe barokowe budowle w samym mieście i na jego obrzeżach świadczą o tym do dziś.

Pillnitz, which now forms a district of Dresden, is a delightful amalgamation of Elbe riverscapes and vineyard scenery, an idyllic park and a trio of unique, fascinating buildings.

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Dresden's Zwinger Palace is famous around the world for its beautiful baroque architecture. It was built in 1709 during the reign of Augustus the Strong. The remarkable sculptures adorning the gallery walls are by various artists and help make this one of the main attractions in Saxony's regional capital.

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Grosssedlitz Baroque Garden

Grosssedlitz is one of Germany's finest and most unusual garden compositions. Landscaping began in 1719, and after Augustus the Strong took such a delight in the gardens he bought the site in 1723. He then had them extensively converted according to his own designs in the French style.

Moritzburg Palace and the Fasanenschlösschen

Moritzburg Palace is one of the most impressive baroque palaces in central Europe. Reached via a tree-lined avenue, it is situated on an island in the middle of a lake. After visiting the palace, you can enjoy a romantic stroll to the enchanting Fasanenschlösschen (little pheasant castle) built in the rococo style.

Brühl Terrace

Even the writer Heinrich von Kleist was distracted from his reading here as he "looked down from the high banks into the wonderful Elbe Valley below". Known as the 'balcony of Europe' because of the huge flight of steps leading up from the palace square, Brühl Terrace attracts visitors from all over the world.

Albrechtsburg Castle, Meissen

Meissen's famous landmark sits in splendour overlooking the town, which is famous for its porcelain. Built in the 15th century, it is considered to be Germany's earliest example of a purely residential castle. Besides the impressive cathedral, the castle ward also features the Grand Staircase, a semi-open spiral stairwell that is unsurpassed in terms of artistry and scale.

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