The Little Pheasant Castle is very idyllically located near the banks of the castle pond. With its own miniature harbor and Saxony’s only lighthouse, it suggested itself already back in Augustus the Strong’s time as a venue for intocicating celebrations.

In 1728, Augustus the Strong had the foundation stone laid for the Rococo building. The aviaries in front of it followed in 1770. In elaborate restoration work from 2010 to 2013, the exotic and worldwide unique wall tapestries of feathers, straw, pearls and chinoise embroideries were completely resored again. Therefore, the Little Pheasant Castle at Moritzburg Castle counts among the most important German monuments of top artistic and historical value.

Moiritzburg Castle receives a pheasantry

When Augustus the Strong had Moritzburg Castle converted in the 18th century, he had als a pheasantry erected east of the hunting castle. That place was meant to breed pheasants to hunt for the royal table. But the pheasant-breeding place was devastated in the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763).

Reconstruction and completion

Impressive then as today: the view of the pier with Saxony’s only lighthouse.
Impressive then as today: the view of the pier with Saxony’s only lighthouse.

In 1769, one year after he had taken over rulership, Elector Frederick Augustus III started its reconstruction. Camillo Count Marcolini, senior chamberlain and boyhood friend of the young Elector, leased the garden and had a little summer palace erected above the old pheasant house.

The building was erected for the Elector between 1770 and 1776 adopting chinoise forms and was eventually extended by the Yarn House, a well, the alphabet hedge, Count Marcolini’s residential home, wheat barns as well as stables and sheds for coaches. In 1775/76, the pier with the lighthouse, the port as well as the Dardanelles followed. A frigate for sailing on the Bärnsdorf Großteich lake was launched in the same year and two artificial islands were built

From the royal family to the Free State

After 1815, intensive pheasant breeding was terminated, and only the noble pheasants and other exotic birds were maintained. As late as until 1945, the pheasant garden was property of the former Saxon royalty. Today, the major part of the garden belongs to the Free State of Saxony, which takes an effort to reconstruct the historical structures.

Present-day use and exhibition

Have a guided tour and a glimpse into courtly life. To be seen here, the dining hall.

The Little Pheasant Castle is regarded the last castle in Saxony preserved in the original style of the Dresden Rococo. On almost 13.4 square meters, Johann Daniel Schade created a piece of architectural mastership as it has itb all; an antechamber, working cabinet, living room, bedroom, toilet room and hall. Upstairs there was even a dining room and an apartment. In this tininess, one keeps discovering new amusing installations, which eased princely life.


  • Full rate 6,50 EUR
  • Reduced rate 5,50 EUR
Moritzburg Little Pheasant Castle may only be visited within one of the guided tours. Owing to the little space inside the castle, only up to 10 people can take part in a tour at a time. Guided tours are usually provided in German. Booking is recommended, especially of guided tours taking place at weekends or public holidays. (call 035207 873610)
Special exhibition »Straw to Gold«
  • Full rate:  EUR 3.00
  • Reduced rate*: EUR 2.00
Visitors of Moritzburg Castle or Moritzburg Little Pheasant Castle enjoy free admission to the special exhibition. (provided the presentation of the ticket purchased)
  • Full rate: EUR 3.00
  • Reduced rate*: EUR 1.00
Free admission:
  • Children aged 5 or younger
  • People visiting the castle on their birthday
  • Accompanying adults of severly disabled people (entry »B« iin the disability pass)
  • Tour guides
  • Tour bus drivers accompanying a tour group
  • 1 accompanying adult per 10 pupils
  • Journalists for reporting purposes (valid identification required)
  • Holders of the schloesserlandPASS

Opening hours

Moritzburg Little Pheasant CastleMay 1 to October 31, 2018
  • open only to visitors taking part in a guided tour
  • Mon - Fri (except Aug 13 and Aug 14) guided tours every hour on the hour, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 
  • Sat, Sun, public holidays: guided tours every 30 minutes, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • more guided tours available on request
  • open only to visitors taking part in a guided tour
  • every last Sunday per month, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm  (subject to weather conditions)
Visitor center at Moritzburg Little Pheasant Castle 
  • open only to visitors taking part in a guided tour
  • every last Sunday per month, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm  (subject to weather conditions)

Subject to modifications.