Baroque arts and the Enlightenment in Thuringia and Saxony

After the devastation of the Thirty Years War, the people of Europe wanted only to live their lives again. This joie de vivre was expressed in the magnificent baroque residences built for noble families across Germany. A legacy of splendour that remains to this day.

Heidecksburg Palace

The seat of the princes of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, this palace was built in 1737. It is one of the most magnificent baroque palaces in Thuringia. In the main wing there is a series of magnificent baroque rooms. Heidecksburg Palace is the headquarters of the Thuringian Palaces and Gardens Foundation.

Strictly ordered from the outside, the epitome of opulence inside, this monumental structure – one of the first baroque palaces in Germany – towers over the town of Gotha.

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Wackerbarth House

This stately home near Radebeul, doubling as a themed winery, is the first of its kind in Europe. Augustus the Strong and his courtiers once celebrated the pleasures of the grape here. Today's visitors are greeted by a modern vineyard estate. This baroque house and garden has its own inn and a tradition of making wine and sekt that dates back 800 years.

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