This is Emma. She is 13 years old. Her parents have taken her on a travelling tour to the palaces, castles and gardens in Schloesserland Sachsen.
At first she thought this would be terribly dull. But then she has met these incredible fellows on her wanderings through the castle parks: an Imperial Count is among them, a Fountain Girl and even a Saxon King.
That has piqued her curiosity. Finally Emma can ask all her questions – and Emma has a lot of questions. After all she has her own blog and once in a while she writes for the school magazine.
If you are curious now as well, come and join her!
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2016 Emma embarks on new discovery tours through the Schloesserland: In Stolpen Emma takes to the trail of the most famous mistress of Augustus the Strong - the Countess Cosel. In Zabeltitz Baroque Garden she meets a real Saxon princess who also takes time for crossbow. And in Moritzburg Graf Marcolini initiates Emma into the finesses of hunting and pheasant breeding... Take a look!
Altzella Monastery Park
Around the year 1800 the landscape gardener Johann Gottfried Huebler created a romantic landscape park on the grounds of the former Cistercian monastery. Step into the history of the monastery park and hear about the famous painter Caspar David Friedrich, who was inspired by the ruins in the park.
Royal Grounds Bad Elster
The history of the mineral springs in Bad Elster goes back to the 17. century. Back then Duke Maurice of Saxe-Zeitz ordered a batch of bottles for his wife. Accompany Emma and the Garden Director Paul Schindel through the Royal Grounds Bad Elster and listen to the story how Bad Elster became the Royal Saxon State Spa.
Grosssedlitz Baroque Garden
Why is there no water in the “Stony Sea”? How many orange trees did Augustus the Strong have in his collection and how many orange trees are there today? There is many a riddle to be solved in the Grosssedlitz Baroque Garden. The pleasure and flower gardener Johann Christoff Erdmann invites you to discover the secrets of the baroque park.
At the beginning of the 18. century the Imperial Count von Watzdorf created the Lichtenwalde Park high above the valley of the river Zschopau. More than 100 water fountains show the playfulness of rokoko. Follow Count von Watzdorf and the landscape architect Hermann Schüttauf through the terraced park and enjoy breathtaking views.
Do you want to know, why the Pillnitz Camellia is so famous? Or why the baroque palace is also called “Indian Pleasure Castle”? Let King Frederick Augustus I. show you round his garden and discover the variety of exotic plans in the Pillnitz Park.
Zabeltitz Baroque Garden
1728 Count von Wackerbarth was awarded the Good Zabeltitz as a gift from Augustus the Strong. During the following years he and his court architect Johann Christoph Knoeffel created a magnificent baroque garden with avenues, pleasure grounds and an ingenious system of ponds. We invite you to follow the Imperial Count in his stroll through the gardens and listen to the stories of a true Saxon princess.
Moritzburg Castle & Pheasant Castle Moritzburg
Surrounded by extensive ponds and parks you can find the baroque hunting lodge of Augustus the Strong. Here he indulged not only his passion for hunting, but also his passion for collecting: in the adjacent Friedewald menageries should be built to house his exotic animals. As such, also the site of the pheasant breeding was created, which was later expanded by the construction of the Pheasant Castle Moritzburg. Explore the Moritzburger cultural landscape and let Camillo Graf Marcolini initiate you into the secrets of pheasant breeding.
Anna Constantia Countess von Cosel, for many years mistress of elector Augustus the Strong, was imprisoned for almost 50 years in the Castle Stolpen. Major von Wehlen, fortress commander at the castle Stolpen in the early 18th century, reports from life in the castle and the famous and beautiful, but also egocentric prisoner. Dive into the castle's history and listen to his numerous anecdotes.