Großer Garten

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Großer Garten - Dresden's largest park is one of the most beautiful ones May 19, 2017
In case you feel tired after sightseeing and shopping you can relax in Dresden's largest park called "Großer Garten". It is a 10 minutes stroll or two tram stops from the old town in eastern direction.

Großer Garten is a peaceful oasis with a zoo, botanical garden, open-air theatre, restaurants, small lake with rowing-boats for rent and endless paths for walking, jogging, rollerblading ... and lawns for just relaxing in the sun.

In the centre of the garden is the earliest Baroque palace in Saxony (1678-1683) with a nice formal garden on one side and a small lake on the other side. Around the palace are 7 of originally 8 pavillions preserved and there are also numerous sculptures from the Baroque era. The palace was severely damaged by bombs in WWII, only the ground floor was partially restored so far. However, seeing the inside is well worth the time (and money, small fee) as there is an exhibit of sculptures on the ground floor. The festive hall upstairs is yet to be restored but even in this poor condition it is quite impressive in its own way. Watch out for chamber music concerts in the palace, usually second Tuesday every month, or events like the spring flower show upstairs.

Northwest of the palace is a rhododendron and azalea garden with exotic trees - great in May. A few steps farther north is the dahlia garden, absolutely magnificent from August through early October. A series of little lakes, canals and ponds stretches from the central southern part of the park first in eastern then northern direction, along this you find several attractions: a boat rowing station, restaurant Carolaschlösschen by a little lake with fountain, a nice stretch with shrubs, another small lake with benches and viewpoints in the shade of old trees or in the sun for mild days in autumn.

In the southeastern corner of Großer Garten is an open air theater where often pop/rock etc. concerts take place. Capacity is about 15,000 - 20,000 people, I'd say. In the southwestern corner is the zoo, one of the first in Germany, beautiful and interesting, but suffering from lack of opportunities for expansion. Farther northwest is a beautiful fountain designed by Hans Poelzig and aptly named "Mosaic fountain". In the northwestern corner of Großer Garten are the Botanical Garden and Volkswagen's Transparant Factory (see separate tips). On the western end of the central axis of the park are two former guards houses, turned into restaurants with beergardens, very popular also because of the mini golf course next to them.

A highlight (not only) for kids is the miniature train "Parkeisenbahn" that runs through Großer Garten with several stops along the way. The main station is next to Volkswagen's Transparent Factory in the northwest corner of the park. Fares are calculated depending on how many stations you ride, a full loop ticket is about 8 Euro for adults, kids get 50% discount.

As for pictures, you'll see just a few here because I'll post a blog with pictures I took through the four seasons later.
Palace in Großer Garten
flower beds in front of the palace
flower beds and palace
more flower beds
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