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  • Karl May Museum
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    Karl May Museum

    For generations Karl May (1842-1912) has ranked high as one of the best loved and most widely read German writers. His tales of adventures set in the American West and in the Ottoman Empire total well over 100 million copies in German and dozens of more millions in translations. The Karl-May-Museum opened in 1928 and has since attracted more than seven million visitors from all over the world. Today the museum presents two permanent exhibitions: a collection of American Indian art and artefacts unique in Europe, and and the life and work of May, including historically restored original furnishings from May’s study, personal library and reception room, reflecting the aura of pre-world-war-times.

    Hours: March thru October: Tuesday to Sunday 9 am – 6 pm, Nov thru Feb: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.

    Admission: Adults 7 €, Concessions 5 €, Children 3 €.

  • Radebeul–Radeburg railway (Lößnitzgrundbahn)
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    Radebeul–Radeburg railway (Lößnitzgrundbahn)

    The Radebeul-Radeburg railway, known locally as the Lößnitzgrundbahn (Lössnitz Valley Railway), nicknamed Lößnitzdackel (Lößnitz Dachshund), is a 750 mm (2 ft 5 1⁄2 in) gauge narrow gauge steam-hauled railway in the outskirts of Dresden. Primarily a tourist attraction, it maintains a year-round timetable and runs between Radebeul East station on the main Deutsche Bahn line between Dresden and Meissen and the small towns of Moritzburg and Radeburg north of Dresden. Scheduled traffic on the line is maintained by Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft mbH (former BVO Bahn), using steam locomotives built in the 1950s. Older trains, using engines and cars built in the late 19th and early 20th century, are maintained by the non-profit Traditionsbahn Radebeul. The older trains operate on the line for special events.

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Radebeul Overview

Radebeul is in the Elbe valley in the district of Meißen in Saxony, Germany, a suburb of Dresden (Dresden vacation rentals | Dresden travel guide). It is well-known for its viticulture, a museum dedicated to writer Karl May and a narrow gauge railway connecting Radebeul with the castle of Moritzburg (Moritzburg vacation rentals | Moritzburg travel guide) and the town of Radeburg.

The Meißen area, where Radebeul is located, is one of the northeasternmost areas where wine is grown today. It is sometimes called "Saxon Nice" for its pleasant landscape and mild climate.

Things to See in Radebeul

Discover the charm of the town on a walk across the historic village green of Altkötzschenbroda, meander through the vineyards and discover little wineries where you can expect them to spoil you with some of their finest drops. Get off the tourist trail and explore the lovingly restored architectural gems which make Radebeul such a special place to live. Fans of historic forms of transport can live the dream on the Elbe paddle steamers belonging to the Sächsische Dampfschifffahrt Company, or on the steam- powered narrow- gauge railway. For admirers of Karl May and his works the Karl May Museum offers an impressive insight into his world, and that of the Indians of North America.

In addition to the richness of the landscape, the numerous and varied opportunities for wine- lovers, hikers and cyclists, Radebeul also attracts large numbers of visitors with its annual festivals. The Karl May festival, the Fall and Wine Festival, the International Traveling Theatre Festival as well as the graphic art market and the Christmas market are especially deserving of mention. There is certainly a very personal slice of "enjoyment" to be had for all age groups, and all tastes.

Radebeul has been renowned for its vineyards since 1324. It lies on the Saxon Wine Road.

Karl May Museum

Stadtgalerie Radebeul

Hoflössnitz Stiftung Weingutmuseum

Volkssternwarte Adolph Diesterweg

Karl-May-Museum (Villa Shatterhand und Villa Bärenfett)

Grave of Karl May



Do you love a comfortable ambience? If so, then why not pay a visit to the historical village center of Radebeul-Altkötzschenbroda? Between Wine Road and the Elbe cycle trail (Elberadweg) you will find an idyllic place with the unusual name of Kötzschenbroda, first recorded in 1271 as "Coschebrode". Among the ten original independent parishes of Radebeul, Kötzschenbroda, as a church and market town, was the strongest economically and the most interesting historically. Little by little the village square sank into oblivion, however, and was even threatened with demolition. It experienced a new lease of life after German reunification - in 1992 it was designated for rehabilitation. Today this historic village center has been developed into an architectural gem. The square is surrounded by original pubs with vaulted cellars, cafes, B&Bs and a hotel. Galleries, studios, demonstration workshops and the local history museum await your visit. This is a place to meet for brunch, to listen to music, to chat with friends. Besides designer fashion, souvenirs and antiques there are also places where you can buy local fruit and vegetables, fresh milk straight from the cow, and there is also a long- established traditional bakery. Altkötzschenbroda is the most popular location for shopping in town for residents of Radebeul and visitors alike.

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More about the History of Radebeul

The development of the original settlement began many centuries earlier, however. The current municipal area of the town encompasses 10 previously independent communities. The parish of Radebeul, which lent the town its name, was a very small and unimposing hamlet comprising 12 farms (today this area is known as Alt- Radebeul- Am Kreis in the center of the town), which was first documented in 1349.

The largest settlement in the Lößnitz region was Kötzschenbroda with 60 farmsteads, which first appeared in written records in 1271. On 08/27/1645 a ceasefire was signed between Sweden and Saxony prior to the Peace of Westphalia. Altkötzschenbroda's flair is apparent to all who visit its annual Fall and Wine Festival. The earliest record of the existence of a Lößnitz settlement is from 1144. Naundorf is thus mentioned earlier than Dresden. The town center can still be experienced in its complete original state. Especially during the Village and School festival that takes place every two years, the old wine cellars beckon you to sample some of their Saxon wine.

Zitzschewig is located very close to Naundorf. In the First World War this place name is said to have been regularly used as a password as it was rather difficult for the English or the French to pronounce.

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Radebeul, the centerpiece of the Saxon Wine Route, nestles impressively amidst the vineyards of the Lößnitz region, and stretches as far as the floodplains of the River Elbe. The town is characterized by its lush greenery, renowned architecture, its art, its culture and its endearing charm. A visit to the Hoflößnitz Weingutmuseum (Winery museum) is a must for wine connoisseurs, as is a trip to Schloss Wackerbarth, a place which redefines the word "enjoyment."

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