Moritzburg with all its beauty
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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 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.
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.