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Moritzburg

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Moritzburg is a small town near Dresden in Germany.

Understand

The town is famous for the old hunting castle of the Saxon kings. Beautifully restored from the in- and outside it is host to a collection of historic horse carriages. In East Germany and the Czech Republic it is also well known as the site where the 1973 fairytale film "Three Wishes for Cinderella" (Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel or Tři oříšky pro Popelku, literally "three hazelnuts for cinderella"), a Czechoslovakian–East German co-production, was filmed.

  • 1 Moritzburg-Information, Schloßallee 3B (near Moritzburg Schloss bus stop), ☏ +49 35207 854-0. April–October: daily 10–16; November–March: Tu-Su 10–16 (closed on Mondays). Tourist information kiosk.

Get in

By train

There is a narrow gauge steam train from Radebeul-Ost, which in turn is served by Dresden S-Bahn trains and the Dresden–Leipzig regional express.

1 Moritzburg station is a bit off the town centre, about 1.4 km south of the castle. In the railway building, there is a small café/diner.

The next station with long-distance traffic is Dresden-Neustadt, from where bus 477 connects to Moritzburg every half hour (see below).

By bus

Public buses are both cheaper and more frequent than the steam train that is primarily a tourist attraction and only secondarily a mode of transport. To and from Dresden you should take bus 477 (half-hourly, taking 27 min from Dresden-Neustadt station to 2 Moritzburg Schloss, a few steps from the castle). Moritzburg Schloss is a one-way stop; for the bus back to Dresden, you have to walk a few hundred metres to 3 Moritzburg Markt.

From Meißen take the S1 train to Coswig Bahnhof and from there bus 405 to Moritzburg.

Get around

Public Transport

All information about public transport is available at the homepage of the Public transport authority Upper Elbe (VVO).

See

  • 1 Moritzburg Castle (Schloss Moritzburg).
  • 2 Fasanenschlösschen ("pheasant house"). Rococo-style maison de plaisance. 2 km exactly east of the castle with whom it forms a visual axis.
  • 3 Lighthouse (Leuchtturm) (near Fasanenschlösschen). 350 km off the nearest seashore, it never had a nautical function, but is a "folly" built as part of a scenery for the reenactment of naval battles.
  • 4 State stud farm (Landgestüt Moritzburg), Schloßallee 1. The Baroque-style stud buildings were designed by court architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann in 1733. The state-owned farm provides heavy warmblood, coldblood and Haflinger stallions for all of Saxony and Thuringia, as well as implementing horse performance tests. It also includes a riding school.
  • 5 Wildgehege Moritzburg ("game preserve"), Radeburger Straße 2. March–October: daily 9–18; November–February: Sa-Su, public and school holidays 9–18. Zoo, encompassing almost 100 acres, with more than 30 indigenous species like wolves, foxes, lynxes, deer, elk, moose, boars, moufflons. They are kept in near-natural enclosures, relatively appropriate for the species. Moreover the park includes a high-rope course, falconry, and educational trail on ants. adults €5, children €2.50.
  • 6 Käthe-Kollwitz-Haus, Meißner Str. 7. April–October: M-F 11–17, Sa+Su 10–17; November–March: Tu-F 12–16, Sa+Su 11–16, closed on Mondays. Museum dedicated to the artist Käthe Kollwitz, who lived here during the last months of her life in 1944/45.
  • 7 Moritzburg Church. Baroque Revival church, built in 1902–04. The steeple is 47 metres high.

Do

  • Walking through the forests around Moritzburg
  • Carriage ride

Buy

Eat

  • 1 Adams Gasthof, Markt 9, ☏ +49 35207 99775, ✉ post@adamsgasthof.de. Mo-Su 11:00-22:00. Great restaurant with typical seasonal German dishes and a great terrace. 12-16€ for mains.

Drink

Sleep

  • 1 Landhaus Moritzburg, Schlossallee 37, ☏ +49 35207 8969-0. 90€.
  • 2 Waldpension Ullmann, Fasanerie 1, ☏ +49 35207 81548.
  • 3 Pension Bräuer, Kötzschenbrodaer Str. 30, ☏ +49 35207 81213.
  • 4 Pension Alte Posthalterei, Bahnhofstr. 1, ☏ +49 35207 81103.
  • 5 Eisenberger Hof, Kötzschenbrodaer St. 8, ☏ +49 35207 991770.
  • 6 Hotel garni Sonnenhof, August-Bebel-Str. 69, ☏ +49 351 8305527.
  • 7 Bilz Kurhotel, Lößnitzgrundstr. 101/103, ☏ +49 351 8386329.
  • 8 Pension Marlis, August-Bebel-Str. 86, ☏ +49 351 8960065.
  • 9 Pension "Am Roßmarkt", Roßmarkt 11, ☏ +49 35207 81130.

Go next

  • Radebeul, 8 km south (linked by heritage railway)
  • Radeburg, 8 km north – small old town
  • Dresden, 16 km southeast (half hour by bus)
  • Meißen, 16 km west (bus 405 and train S1 with interchange in Coswig Bahnhof)


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