• Dresden, Moritzburg Palace
    Dresden, Moritzburg Palace ©Kammermusik Festival Schloss Moritzburg e.V. (Jan Gutzeit)
  • Dresden, Brühl Terrace on the River Elbe
    Dresden, Brühl Terrace on the River Elbe ©DZT (Jochen Keute)
  • Fulda, mirrored hall in the palace
    Fulda, mirrored hall in the palace ©DZT/Schloss Fasanerie (Bildarchiv Monheim)
  • Ludwigsburg, 'Favorite' Palace – baroque summer residence and hunting lodge
    Ludwigsburg, 'Favorite' Palace – baroque summer residence and hunting lodge ©DZT/Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg Ref. Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten (Ernst Wrba)
  • Isselburg, Anholt moated castle
    Isselburg, Anholt moated castle ©DZT/Fürstlich Salm-Salm'sche Verwaltung (Mark Wohlrab)
  • Herrenchiemsee Palace, hall of mirrors and magnificently decorated hallway
    Herrenchiemsee Palace, hall of mirrors and magnificently decorated hallway ©DZT/Bayerische Verwaltung der Staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen (Ernst Wrba)
  • Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
    Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz ©DZT
  • Dresden, Pillnitz Palace and park – upper and riverside palaces
    Dresden, Pillnitz Palace and park – upper and riverside palaces ©DZT/Staatliche Schlösser, Burgen und Gärten Sachsen (Bildarchiv Monheim)
  • Potsdam, Chinese tea house in Sanssouci Park
    Potsdam, Chinese tea house in Sanssouci Park ©DZT/Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg (Michael Pasdzior)
  • Ettal, Venus Grotto – man-made dripstone cave with scenes from Wagner's 'Tannhäuser'
    Ettal, Venus Grotto – man-made dripstone cave with scenes from Wagner's 'Tannhäuser' ©DZT/Bayerische Verwaltung der Staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen (Ernst Wrba)
  • No.32 Attraction in Germany: Dresden, large vase in Zwinger Palace
    No.32 Attraction in Germany: Dresden, large vase in Zwinger Palace ©DZT/Staatliche Schlösser, Burgen und Gärten Sachsen (Bildarchiv Monheim)
  • Bayreuth, fountain at Fantaisie Palace
    Bayreuth, fountain at Fantaisie Palace ©DZT/Bayerische Verwaltung der Staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen (Ernst Wrba)
  • Mainau Island, Italianate flower cascade and Renaissance garden
    Mainau Island, Italianate flower cascade and Renaissance garden ©DZT (Ernst Wrba)
  • Hannover, Herrenhausen Gardens – baroque Great Garden
    Hannover, Herrenhausen Gardens – baroque Great Garden ©DZT/Herrenhäuser Gärten (Michael Pasdzior)
  • Pattensen, Marienburg Castle – entrance to the inner courtyard
    Pattensen, Marienburg Castle – entrance to the inner courtyard ©DZT/Verwaltung Schloss Marienburg (Michael Pasdzior)
  • Berlin, Glienicke Palace & Park – fountain in the garden courtyard
    Berlin, Glienicke Palace & Park – fountain in the garden courtyard ©DZT/Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg (Michael Pasdzior)
  • Albrechtsburg Castle, Meissen
    Albrechtsburg Castle, Meissen ©panthermedia

Famous figures: from Augustus the Strong to the 'green prince'

Many of Germany's palaces and gardens were established as private residences and retreats. The way in which they were designed reflects the legacies and family heritage of some of the most famous figures in German history.

Muskau Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, owes its existence to a trip to England made by the 'green prince' Hermann von Pückler-Muskau. The origins of Neuschwanstein Castle go back to Ludwig II of Bavaria's obsession with Richard Wagner. That Neuschwanstein was never completed is blamed on Ludwig's removal from the throne and early death. Many such stories surround the castles and palaces of Germany.

See Dresden through the eyes of Augustus the Strong or follow the trail of Old Fritz at Sanssouci Palace and Park. Discover the men behind the architecture.

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