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Imagine being surrounded by a lush, green lawn as you sit under a clear blue sky. The sounds of the nearby river soothing your mind as you view pretty, quaint castles far away against the skyline. This is what you’ll find if you venture out to the Pillnitz Castle and Park. The former royal estate is actually in the outskirts of Dresden but no fear as you can reach this idyllic little paradise quite easily viz public transport or even waterway, which is definitely the most fun way to get there.
The Pillnitz Castle and Park are situated along the banks of the river Elbe. It was given to the Saxony Elector Johann IV in exchange for Lichtenwalde Palace. Over the years, new features were added to the palace’s premise, such as a ‘Temple of Venus’. The old Palace was destroyed in 1818 due to a rampaging fire and was replaced by the Wasserpalais, also known as the Waterslide Palace, and the Bergpalais, or Hillside Palace. These palaces were built in order to serve the royalty as holiday homes, which explains the lavish reconstruction of these buildings. It was also used as the summer home for the great grandson of Augustus the Strong and during this time, and English garden with adjacent English pavilion, a Chinese Garden with a Chinese pavilion and an artificial ruin were added. These are surely testimony to the extravagant but accomplished building capabilities of the Saxony rulers.
The two palaces are connected on the eastern side by the New Palace. The New Palace, built in Neoclassical style, contains the royal kitchen and a Catholic church. A fascinating aspect of these structures is the amalgamation of building styles used by the builders. Many details were taken from the Oriental style of building, which can clearly be seen in the roof work of the New Palace. Today the New Palace is home to the Palace Museum, which exhibits a range of items which were used once upon a time by the castles holidaying residents. Cooking machines, copper pots, and other curiosities are on display. The other two palaces hold the famous Dresden State Art Collection. Furniture, ceramics and other objects from the 13th till the 20th century can be viewed here, including the regal throne of Augustus II.
Possibly the best feature of the grounds is the park. Despite constant alterations, the park is still both soothing and splendid. 28 hectares of green, centered around a majestic water fountain lay the foundation to a huge collection of rare trees and plants. There are the Dutch Garden and the Conifer Garden, and the 200 year old Japanese Camellia plant. The area is also home to grape vines, which are harvested when they are deliciously ripe in order to create Elbe wine. A tiny church exists in the vineyard, quaint and sweet, surrounded by lush fruit. You will also be greeted by a refreshing, citrus scent which will lead you to the orangery. With all this scenic beauty around you, feel free to take a long, relaxing walk. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Dresden itinerary 1 day.
Pillnitz Castle And Park Travel Tips
- Be sure to visit all three castles as they all hold a different exhibition.
- You can travel via steamboat, which is pretty fun!
- Many parts of the gardens were damaged due to floods. Call in advance to see the availability of the garden.
Entrance Ticket Details For Pillnitz Castle And Park
- During the winter season (November to March) free admission to the park. Palm- und Camelliahouses : 2.00 €
- Day ticket - Garden Ticket (park and greenhouses): 2.00 EUR, Reduced entrance fee 1 EUR, Group rate 1.50 EUR, children under 16 years free.
- Day ticket "Museum Ticket" (park, museums and greenhouses): 8.00 EUR, reduced 6.00 EUR, 7.00 EUR group rate, children under 16 years free.
Pillnitz Castle And Park Hours
- Opening time for Castle: 10am
How to Reach Pillnitz Castle And Park
- You can take a ferry boat or paddlesteamer from Dresden-Kleinzschachwitz.
- You can drive up, if you have a car or have rented one.
- Kaminrestaurant Schlosshotel Pillnitz(International/35 EUR to 69 EUR).
- Pillnitzer Elbblick(German).
- Restaurant & Pension Einkehr am Palmenhaus(German/Under €7).
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75.83% of people who visit Dresden include Pillnitz Castle And Park in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
29.05% of people start their Pillnitz Castle And Park visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Pillnitz Castle And Park
94.3% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Pillnitz Castle And Park