Grand Garden of Dresden & Park RailwayThe green heart of Dresden
The Saxon capital itself is a big garden landscape. Few large cities are so close to nature or have such extensive gardens, spacious parks and generous lawns for playing and sunbathing. The most impressive park in the Saxon metropolis is the 363-acre Grand Garden. Elector John George III started the Dresdeners' favorite park with its absolutely straight avenues in 1678, modeling it after French parks.
The Palace at the point where the avenues meet is a jewel of early Baroque, as are the gardens surrounding it. It is still used today for festive events in the middle of green surroundings. The rest of the Grand Garden is dominantly landscaped in the English style of labyrinthine paths, little forests, extensive meadows, bodies of water and tropical gardens.
In the summer, the open-air stages and the puppet theater are always popular. Other attractions include the Botanical Garden and the Dresden Zoo. For the journey into this wide landscape of adventure, visitors, young and old alike, prefer to take the miniature park railway, which is traditionally operated by Dresden schoolchildren.