Barockschloss Moritzburg Reviews
Truely a fairytale castle Oct 14, 2013
The baroque castle of Moritzburg is truely a fairytale castle. Not only because the Czech-German coproduction fairytale movie "3 Hazelnuts for Cindarella" (one of the most favorite German fairytale movies) has been shot there in 1972/1973. At that time Moritzburg belonged to the former GDR.
Moritzburg is located about 15 km from Dresden and Meißen which are popular cities to visit in Germany. It can be either reached by car or public transport (read more on their website: http://www.schloss-moritzburg.de/en/homepage/).
The admission fee is: € 7 (+ € 2 if you book a guided tour which I highly recommend) for adults and € 14 for a family of 2 adults + 2 kids.
We booked one of the guided tours which are offered at 10.30 am; 12 pm, 1.30 pm and 3 pm. The guide was an elderly man who did his job with a great knowledge and even more passion. It was fun to listen to him. The time flew by very fast. Another advance by booking a tour is that you have access to the porcelain hall which is closed for public usually. Old porcelain from Meißen is shown there.
Unfortunately taking photos wasn't allowed inside the castle. There were cameras and attandance everywhere so I didn't risk it ;)
Augustus the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, had the representative hunting and pleasure lodge built on the walls of the former Renaissance building just outside Dresden’s gates. Next to the porcelain collection you will see sumptuously painted and ornamented leather wallpapers which hang on the walls for more than 300 years and have never been removed. This is what impressed me most.
Another treasure is the "feather bed". It's an impressive bed which has been decorated by millions of feathers. You must see it to believe it. I never saw something like this before.
The baroque garden is also nice to visit and must be lovely in summer.
If you're interested in the history of the castle please check this: http://www.schloss-moritzburg.de/en/moritzburg_castle/history/
Not far from the castle you find the smallest castle in Germany - the Little Pheasant Castle. Unfortunately it was still closed due to renovations when we've been there but it's open for the public since May 1st, 2013.
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