Schloss Pillnitz

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August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2, Dresden, Germany

Schloss Pillnitz Dresden Reviews

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About 12 km upstream from Dresden's old town is the idyllic district Pillnitz at the foot of wooded hillsides and vineyards. The lovely village, beautiful churches and other sights aside, the picturesque Baroque Palace Pillnitz with its gorgeous garden is the main attraction. The complex as you see it now dates from the early 18th century with additions and reconstructions mostly from the early 19th century.

Both Water- and Mountain Palace were built 1720 - 25 according to plans of architects Pöppelmann and Longelune in Baroque style with elements of back then popular "Chinoise" style, especially visible at the shape of the roofs and decorating paintings below the roofs. Quite some of the beautiful rooms with interior from the 19th century are preserved. Nowadays Water- and Mountain Palace are home of the very interesting Museum of Decorative Arts. The New Palace was built after 1818 in classicistic style, it fits very well with the other Baroque palaces. It houses an exhibit on the history and architecture and from time to time temporary exhibits. Worth seeing are the catholic chapel and the large hall (the latter in need of restoration.)

In the early 19th century the palace became official summer residence of the Kings of Saxony. It has always been a place for celebrations. The guests used to get to Pillnitz Palace by boat on the Elbe river and arrived right at the magnificent staircase leading up to the Water Palace.

The garden is worth seeing in any season. My favourites are spring and autumn. The formal garden, enclosed by the palaces, has a fountain in the middle, surrounded by flower beds and lawns, benches, large exotic trees in the corners. Gorgeous! Oldest originally preserved part of the garden are the charmilles, hedge quarters from the Baroque era. Definitely see the camellia when in bloom, the oldest in Europe. There's an English park, a Dutch and a Chinese garden ... all worth seeing, with sculptures, exotic trees, small architectures, the historic Palmenhaus (greenhouse, the oldest on the continent) ...

The garden is open all year round from 6 am until dawn. Admission fee (day ticket) 3 Euro in summer season (roughly from 1 April until first weekend in November) from 9 am to 6 pm, included is Palmenhaus but not the museums.

The Palmenhaus (historic greenhouse) is open all year round except 24 and 31 Dec, in summer season from 9 am to 6 pm, in winter season from 10 am to 4 pm. The camellia glass house is open daily during blossom of the camellia mid Feb until mid April 10 am to 5 pm.

The three museums (Water-, Mountain and New Palace) are open in summer season Tue - Sun/holidays from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission fee (day ticket) is 8 Euro, included are of course the garden, Palmenhaus and camellia glass house.
Mountain Palace
New Palace
Mountain Palace and New Palace
Water Palace, riverside
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