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.
Even the walk up to the castle is breathtaking. You approach the little lake where the castle rises on top of an island along an avenue through the vast romantic park grounds. With its four massive round towers surrounded by eight sentry boxes, it was a real dream come true for Augustus the Strong, who created a summer retreat here outside his electoral residency Dresden.
The absolute beauty of absolutism
Originally a hunting lodge in Renaissance style, Augustus the Strong began converting Moritzburg Castle into a Baroque hunting and summer residence from 1723. One of his descendants finished the elaborate work. Leather wallpaper and the worldwide unique feather room with wall hangings made from natural and artificial feathers are testament to the extravagant taste of that era. The Little Pheasant Castle in the park and monumental Venus fountain were built at that time and are both visually connected to Moritzburg Castle by a 2.5-kilometre long avenue.
Its own harbour with jetty and Saxony’s only lighthouse formed the backdrop for naval battle re-enactments – a truly decadent pleasure in the age of absolutism. The rulers probably relaxed in the French-style castle garden created on the edge of the castle pond afterwards. It is currently being carefully reconstructed based on original drawings from 1740 and will therefore complete the work of art more perfectly that you could ever imagine.
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