Pillnitz Castle and ParkEase and magic of flowers
Elector Augustus the Strong once acquired the castle for his favorite Anna Constantia Countess von Cosel. When Saxony’s best-known mistress fell out of his favor and the castle became his property again, Augustus had the hillside and waterside palaces erected according to plans by the famous architect, Matthaeus Daniel Poeppelmann. The grand castle and park grounds directly situated on the banks of the Elbe River are considered a perfect example of the chinoise style merging the architecture of the Far East with that of European Baroque. Away from the hustle and bustle of the residence town of Dresden, the place served the noble family as a “pleasure castle” and retreat to nature during the summer season. It is most impressive to approach the pleasure castle with its distinctive pagoda roofs on an Elbe River steamboat.
The view from the river was a sight Augustus and his entourage, who often indulged in pleasure rides on the Elbe River using fancifully designed gondolas, have already enjoyed in their time. One of them has been preserved and can still be admired in the park. The English, Dutch and Chinese gardens on the extensive grounds around the castle buildings urge the visitor to take a stroll and be enchanted by the wealth of exotic plants and gorgeous floral decoration.
The Orangery and the Palm Tree Greenhouse that has been reconstructed in old splendor attract those who take a botanical interest to appraise their exotic treasures, as does the famous 250-year-old Japanese camellia. It has meanwhile grown to the size of a tree and has been given a glass home all of its own to protect it in winter. Every spring it displays anew its stunning wealth of blossom.
The Museum of Decorative Arts and the Castle Museum accommodated in the castle itself are open during summer season. At the Castle Museum, one can see the royal court cuisine, the neoclassical dome hall and the Catholic chapel and learn about its eventful times as a summer residence. Most recently, there is a guided tour offered for guests who suffer from dementia at Pillnitz Park. These are beautiful moments for relatives and carers , if the sense of the memory awakes and a short, relaxing break is possible.