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The castle at Moritzburg

I had never heard about Moritzburg when I booked the hotel on the internet the day before i left for Germany. I was just searching for a reasonable hotel to a reasonable price and then the hotel in Moritzburg popped up. Moritzburg is a very small village which was famous for the castle.   

Schloss Moritzburg is a Baroque German castle in the small town of Moritzburg in the German state of Saxony. It was built from 1542–1546 as a hunting lodge for Duke Moritz of Saxony.

The Pheasant Lodge in Moritzburg
The chapel was added between 1661 and 1671 after designs by Wolf Caspar von Klengels and is a fine example of the early Baroque style. Between 1723 and 1733, the castle was remodeled as a pleasure seat with Formal Park for Augustus II the Strong, elector of Saxony and king of Poland by the architects Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann and Longeloune.

The displays of many areas within the castle are dedicated to the courtly art of formal hunting. The collection of red deer antlers is considered to be the largest in the world. In the Monströsensaal ("Monstrosity Room") are 39 morbidly contorted antlers, one of them the famous 66-point antler. The Elector's apartments contain wonderful examples of lacquer and splendid parade furniture, the silver furniture made in Augsburg in emulation of Louis XIV's silver furniture at Versailles, and Chinese, Japanese and Meissen porcelain as well as fine engraved and inlaid hunting weapons.

Outside the Waldschaenke Moritzburg.
In the Stone Hall one can visit the antlers collection, in the Billiardsaal (billiards hall) a painting of Louis de Silvestre, and in the entrance hall a collection of Galakut. The castle is also famous for its sandstone decorations and stuccos.

The shell-pink Fasanenschlösslein ("little pheasant castle") in the park stands at the end of a cross axis to the main axial entrance route leading to the main castle on its formal island in the lake. It stands high and cubical, five bays wide on each face, under a high roof with an ogee profile that is capped by an open cupola that has a pair of Chinese figures under a parasol for a finial. On its garden side, paired staircases descend to a sunken parterre, now planted with turf. The design was commissioned from Johann Daniel Schade (1730-1798) who had been the architect in charge of the royal building projects, and was completed about 1776. An old pavilion by Knösswel was completely rebuilt on its foundations. Its outbuildings, concealed behind plantings to give the pavilion an isolated air, were bird breeding pens, where pheasants were raised to be shot at. Closed for some time for renovation, the Fasanenschloss was expected to reopen in 2007 as a museum showing court life but it will now be this summer.

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The castle at Moritzburg
The castle at Moritzburg
The Pheasant Lodge in Moritzburg
The Pheasant Lodge in Moritzburg
Outside the Waldschaenke Moritzbur…
Outside the Waldschaenke Moritzbu…
The Grossteich in the morning
The Grossteich in the morning
The Grossteich in the morning
The Grossteich in the morning
The Grossteich in the morning
The Grossteich in the morning
Sign in German explaining the ab…
Sign "in German" explaining the a…
Flowers - summer is on the way.
Flowers - summer is on the way.
The wall around the Pfeasant Lodge
The wall around the Pfeasant Lodge
The Grossteich in the morning
The Grossteich in the morning
The Grossteich in the morning
The Grossteich in the morning
The wall around the Pfeasant Lodge
The wall around the Pfeasant Lodge
The Grossteich in the morning
The Grossteich in the morning
Inside the Waldschaenke Moritzburg
Inside the Waldschaenke Moritzburg
Inside the Waldschaenke Moritzburg
Inside the Waldschaenke Moritzburg
Inside the yard of Waldschaenke Mo…
Inside the yard of Waldschaenke M…
Inside the Waldschaenke Moritzburg
Inside the Waldschaenke Moritzburg
Outside the Waldschaenke Moritzbur…
Outside the Waldschaenke Moritzbu…
Outside the Waldschaenke Moritzbur…
Outside the Waldschaenke Moritzbu…
Outside the Waldschaenke Moritzbur…
Outside the Waldschaenke Moritzbu…
The view from my hotel window at t…
The view from my hotel window at …
Outside the Waldschaenke Moritzbur…
Outside the Waldschaenke Moritzbu…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in Mo…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in M…
Close to the lake you can eat and …
Close to the lake you can eat and…
The apple trees in bloom
The apple trees in bloom
Yet another place where you can ge…
Yet another place where you can g…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in Mo…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in M…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in Mo…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in M…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in Mo…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in M…
The top of the rood at the beautif…
The top of the rood at the beauti…
A stork in a storks nest close to…
A stork in a stork's nest close t…
Water fountain - without water!
Water fountain - without water!
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in Mo…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in M…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in Mo…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in M…
One of the cottages in the surroun…
One of the cottages in the surrou…
The garden of one of the cottages …
The garden of one of the cottages…
The Pfeasant Lodge had even a ligh…
The Pfeasant Lodge had even a lig…
Todays offering at the Ausspanne a…
Todays offering at the Ausspanne …
The Pfeasant Lodge had even a ligh…
The Pfeasant Lodge had even a lig…
The Pfeasant Lodge had even a ligh…
The Pfeasant Lodge had even a lig…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in Mo…
The beautiful Pfeasant Lodge in M…
One of the many discription signs …
One of the many discription signs…
Decoration at the Pfeasant Lodge
Decoration at the Pfeasant Lodge
The main street of Moritzburg
The main street of Moritzburg
One of the many churches of Moritz…
One of the many churches of Morit…
Horse-drawn carriage at the Pfeasa…
Horse-drawn carriage at the Pfeas…
One of the many informative signs …
One of the many informative signs…
Summer is here
Summer is here
The Waldshaenke Hotel where I stay…
The Waldshaenke Hotel where I sta…
The castle at Moritzburg
The castle at Moritzburg
The castle at Moritzburg
The castle at Moritzburg
The castle at Moritzburg
The castle at Moritzburg
One of the many churches of Moritz…
One of the many churches of Morit…
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