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Pillnitz Travel Blog

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The building
Pillnitz was once a separate town, but now it's a part of Dresden.  Makes getting there easier since it's in the Dresden Tariff zone, no extra ticket needed.  Since it was a Goethe-Institut trip, we'd paid in advance (a whopping 5€).  We were supposed to meet at the Neustadt train station at 10am, but I got there early enough for a coffee and a newspaper and magazine (both in German, obviously).  From the train station we took a tram to an area I'd never been to before.  But after a short walk, we got to the top of the "Standseilbahn".   It starts up high in the Weißer Hirch/Loschwitz section of Dresden and travels down to near the "Blue Wonder" bridge.  We got to see some new parts of the city, even though it was cloudy and the visibility wasn't optimal.  And the best part, it's included with our monthly pass.  Sweet.  So after the Standseilbahn, we walked to the "Blue Wonder" bridge and learned a bit more about it.  Then- the bus to Pillnitz.  It wasn't a bad ride, and I love the fact that I can discuss languages/language families in German.  Wonderful. 

The castle in Pillnitz is famous for its beauty, and for it's history.  Saxon King August the Strong had given the castle to one of his mistresses (he had many)- the Countess Cosel.  She'd lived there for some years before falling out of favor with the king and his court and fleeing to Berlin

The castle grounds weren't anything wonderful to look at.  But it's barely spring here, so everything's kinda drab and dreary.  Definitely want to come back in May when everything's more alive.  We ended up not being able to get into the Schloßmuseum (Castle Museum) since it was only open for guided tours.  But the castle itself was interesting- it had a mix of Chinese and European styles.  From there we went to the Kamalie (camellia), which was really beautiful.  From there- a greenhouse with a mix of Australian and South African plantlife.  It was okay, but since I'm allergic to flowers and it got uncomfortably warm, I got out ASAP.

And that was it for the trip to Pillnitz.  I had a great time (though there was a lot of translation into English, but there were people who were beginners), took lots of pictures and want to go back.
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The building
The building
Standseilbahn and me!
Standseilbahn and me!
a view of part of the Pillnitz cas…
a view of part of the Pillnitz ca…
Standseilbahn
Standseilbahn
Standseilbahn clock
Standseilbahn clock
Standseilbahn sign
Standseilbahn sign
from near the Blue Wonder bridge
from near the "Blue Wonder" bridge
me and my future castle ;)  I wish
me and my future castle ;) I wish
more of the castle
more of the castle
more of the castle
more of the castle
more of the castle
more of the castle
a part of the Chinois influence
a part of the Chinois influence
the Elbe
the Elbe
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
Kamalie
the nearby town of Pillnitz
the nearby town of Pillnitz
the greenhouse
the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
inside the greenhouse
outside the greenhouse
outside the greenhouse
an old river gondola
an old river gondola
an old river gondola
an old river gondola
a part of the castle, once again
a part of the castle, once again
Kapalie in Pillnitz, Sachsen, Deu…
Pillnitz
photo by: AleksandraEa