Moritzburg CastleA fairytale castle and its treasures
The certainly most beautiful Saxon moated castle is named after Duke Moritz, who built a hunting lodge in 1542 near his residence in Dresden. In 1723 Augustus the Strong commissioned Matthaeus Daniel Poeppelmann, architect of the Dresden Zwinger, with the conversion of the building to provide an appropriate and magnificent setting for his glittering parties. This resulted in a Baroque jewel with four towers in ochre and white, the splendor of which is mirrored in the artificial lake surrounding the castle.
One of the most outstanding collections of hunting trophies in Europe is not the only big treasure of Moritzburg Castle. Just as unique is the lavishly painted gold leather tapestry on the walls of the electoral refuge. The “Feather Room” even won a European Cultural Heritage Award. Far more than one million colorful feathers were made into a unique piece of art: the magnificent bed of the castle lord for the purpose of representation – a bed as one cannot find another one in the world.
And there was a good reason why the stately home was used as a magical backdrop in the legendary fairytale movie “Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella”. During the winter season, the Baroque castle turns into a mekka for hundreds of thousands of fans of the most beautiful fairytale movie of all time. In the exhibition on the cult-movie, one can walk in the steps of the cheeky little fairytale princess. Also, the visitor should by no means miss a look at the Little Pheasant Castle that can be reached in just a few minutes on foot or by horse and carriage.