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 started the most favorite park of Dresden with its absolutely straight avenues in 1678, modeling it after the French parks. The Palace at the point where the avenues meet is a jewel of early Baroque and is still used today for festive events in the middle of green surroundings.
Especially the Baroque part of the park around the Palace is regularly maintained and atten ded to. Otherwise, the park is dominantly landscaped in the English style of romantic labyrinthine paths, little forests, extensive meadows, bodies of water and topical gardens. Restaurants and cafés, open-air stages and facilities, such as the Dresden Zoo and the Botanical Garden make the place a cultural oasis in the middle of the city. To journey through the wide landscape, visitors, young and old alike, prefer to take the miniature park railway, which is traditionally operated by Dresden schoolchildren.