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Schloss Moritzburg is a Baroque castle built from 1542–1546 as a hunting lodge for Moritz of Wettin, then Duke of Saxony. Elector John George II of Saxony had it extended and between 1661 and 1671 the chapel was added after designs by his architect Wolf Caspar von Klengels, a fine example of the early Baroque style. Between 1723 and 1733, Augustus had the castle largely remodelled as a pleasure seat by the architects Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann and Zacharias Longuelune, including a formal park, several ponds and a game preserve.
The displays of many areas within the castle are dedicated to the courtly art of formal hunting. The collection of red deer antlers is considered to be the largest in the world. The Elector's apartments contain excellent examples of lacquer and splendid parade furniture, the silver furniture made in Augsburg in emulation of Louis XIV's silver furniture at Versailles, and Chinese, Japanese and Meissen porcelain as well as fine engraved and inlaid hunting weapons. The castle is also famous for its sandstone decorations and stuccos.
The shell-pink Fasanenschlösslein (Little Pheasant Castle) in the park stands at the entrance route leading to the main castle on its formal island in the lake.
Hours: April to October, daily 10 am - 5:30 pm. January 1-10, November, December: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm with hourly tours. February, March: Saturday/Sunday 10 am – 4 pm hourly tours.
Admission: Combined Ticket for Castle and Little Pheasant Castle 9.50 € adults, 5.50 € concessions.
Little Pheasant Castle
The shell-pink Fasanenschlösslein (
Little Pheasant Castle) in the park stands at the entrance route leading to the main castle of Mortizburg on its formal island in the lake. It stands high and cubical, five bays wide on each face, under a high roof with an ogee profile that is capped by an open cupola that has a pair of Chinese figures under a parasol for a finial. Thanks to a generous donation of an anonymous benefactor, the castle has been extensively reconstructed and is now open to the public in all of its former glory. Originally erected in a confined space in the formerly highly modern chinoiserie style, it now houses a complete royal household in a small format.
Furniture, stoves and murals restored to their original state and a collection of stuffed birds are eye-catchers inside the building. While strolling along the garden outside, visitors can go back in time to the world of the courts of the 18th century. Even more picturesque and scurrile are the jetty and the red-and-white brick lighthouse close by which give testimony to the playful and decadent spirit of the times.
Hours: April – October 10am-5pm.
Admission: You are requested to register. Admission including tour fee is 5.50 € adults, 3.50 € concessions.
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Moritzburg is a municipality in the district of Meißen in Saxony, Germany, between Meißen as early centre of Saxony and the today's capital Dresden (Dresden vacation rentals | Dresden travel guide). It is most famous for its Baroque castle, Schloss Moritzburg.
The village became a market in 1675. The Saxon state stud has been located in Moritzburg since 1828. In 1884 a narrow gauge railway, the Radebeul-Radeburg line, was built connecting Moritzburg to the district capital Radebeul (Radebeul vacation rentals | Radebeul travel guide) and Radeburg. The German painter Käthe Kollwitz lived in the Rüdenhof in Moritzburg from 1944 until her death on 1945-04-22 at the invitation of Prince Ernst Heinrich von Wettin. In 1995 a small museum was opened in the Rüdenhof
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Haus des Pferdes
Evang.-Luth. Moritzburger Church
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More about the History of Moritzburg
Mortizburg was first mentioned in 1295. Construction of the railway network of the basic train Lößnitz started in 1884.
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Moritzburg is a municipality in the district of Meißen in Saxony, Germany, between Meißen as early centre of Saxony and the today's capital Dresden. It is most famous for its Baroque castle, Schloss Moritzburg.
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