Pheasant Castle MoritzburgParadise in a nutshell
Only a few people are allowed to enter because this solitaire amongst the German castles is simply too small for crowds. A walk through Little Pheasant Castle therefore remains an exclusive pleasure just as it was in the past. Embedded, to the east of Moritzburg Castle in a gentle cultivated landscape, the prestigious castle built by the Dresden Court in 1770 is the only late Rococo castle remaining in Saxony.
Funding by the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz, the Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung and the World Monument Fund allowed for it to be comprehensively restored and it is now open to the public again in all of its filigree glory. Originally erected in a confined space in the chinoise style, it once housed a complete small-size royal court. Furniture and murals restored to their original state and a collection of stuffed birds are eye-catchers inside the building. While strolling along the garden outside, visitors can go back in time to the world of 18th century court society.
Even more picturesque and unusual are the jetty and the red-and-white brick lighthouse close by, which give testimony to the playful and decadent spirit of the times. This is where the nobles of landlocked Saxony dreamed their dream of glorious sea battles which for want of a real fleet could only be carried out with extras and a great amount of imagination. At least Little Pheasant Castle offered its masters and mistresses a room with a real “sea view” – this is also afforded to today’s visitors be they of royal blood or not.