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Pillnitz Palace and Park

Pillnitz Palace and Park
Pillnitz Castle and Park

Pillnitz is a delightful amalgamation of romantic river and vineyard scenery, an idyllic park and a trio of unique, fascinating buildings. The Upper Palace is set on the upper side of the park like a reflection of the impressive Riverside Palace. Both buildings offer a blend of late baroque and Chinoiserie styles. The two Asian-style palaces stand either side of the New Palace built by architect Christian Friedrich Schuricht. Its most enchanting interior features include the domed hall in the purest of classical styles and the decorative wall and ceiling paintings. Together, the three buildings form an impressively harmonious architectural ensemble.

But the most beautiful aspect of Pillnitz is its wonderful park, which has remained true to its original design as a pleasure garden. Despite being continually altered down the years, the 28-hectare grounds have lost nothing of their former splendour and stand as a vibrant and delightful monument to landscape gardening over the centuries. The forerunner to its intimate hedged gardens, a labyrinth of trimmed hornbeams just opposite the New Palace, was designed by the unfortunate Countess of Cosel herself.

The Weinbergkirche (Vineyard Church) is a charming building with a high hip roof that rises impressively out of the vines. The most scenic route to Pillnitz Palace is by boat along the river Elbe, as in the era of Augustus the Strong. One glimpse of the building's reflection in the water will take you back in time to the glittering days of baroque splendor.

Hours and Admission vary by attraction.

[ Source: http://www.germany-tourism.de ]

Related: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillnitz
Address: August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2, 01326 Dresden
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