Lichtenwalde Castle and ParkGently caressed by the waters
Being surrounded by a network of fountains, Lichtenwalde is very different from other Saxon castles. One hundred of these fountain complexes are situated throughout the Baroque garden with more than 400 individual fountains connected by an intricate circulating system.
Visitors can experience a symphony of rustling leaves, splashing water and the sweet scent of flowers in spring. Lichtenwalde was chosen as one of Germany’s most beautiful park ensembles with good reason. Approaching the castle from the park’s avenue, one is left almost speechless by the impressive layout of this peaceful green paradise. While aptly illustrating the transition from Baroque to Rococo, the terraced park, however, never completely reveals itself to the visitor’s eyes.
Time and again the eye is attracted by playful details such as antique amphoras, statues and circular flower beds or it is drawn from the artificial garden itself to the real nature of the Zschopau River valley below, which is now a nature preserve. The castle itself houses the “Treasury” Museum which displays, on three floors, exhibits of foreign or long gone cultures, including art objects and ritual items from Nepal and Tibet, pieces of porcelain, lacquered items, furniture and silk embroidery from China and Japan as well as burial objects and ghost masks from West Africa. Visitors should not miss the largest and most comprehensive silhouette collection in Germany.
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