Cinderella

Three Wishes for Cinderella

Cinderella is returning to Moritzburg Castle! From January 21, 2021 to February 27, 2022 Moritzburg Castle near Dresden will once again be transformed into the magical setting of the beloved fairy-tale classic. Calling all fairy tale fans: Come and discover lots of secrets and exclusive background stories about the film, interesting facts about Cinderella and the film shoot, original costumes, fan items, props and much more. This year’s exhibition will be dedicated to the biography and acting career of Libuše Šafránková, who played Cinderella in the film. 

Follow in the footsteps of Cinderella and the handsome prince on the original film set. Children aren’t the only ones who will be amazed by the exhibition!

 

The winter exhibition inspired by the cult film

As winter falls, Cinderella lights up Moritzburg Castle. In the German-Czech film adaptation from 1973, she continues to touch audiences to this day with her confident and witty ways. The winter exhibition at the original film location in Moritzburg will reveal background stories about the film and the history of the fairy tale.

The magic of the film is conveyed through lovingly reproduced film scenes, original costumes and multi-media productions. One of the most exciting props on display will be the original saddle on which Cinderella rode to her prince in the film. You will also be able to see the royal gala carriage in which the king and queen traveled through Moritzburg’s winter landscape. And there will be a special tribute to the life and work of the late actress, including costumes from some of her most popular film and TV productions and photographs from numerous roles.

 

 

Frequently asked questions about the exhibition (FAQ)

Refunding

Onlinetickets that can´t be used due to the current situation will be refunded. 

When can I visit the exhibition?

The winter exhibition will be open again from Friday, January 21, 2022, initially from Friday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last admission 4:00 pm). From February 4th to February 27th the exhibition will be open daily.

For more information and details, please refer to our opening hours.

What is the admission price for the exhibition?

The full rate is EUR 10.00, the reduced rate is EUR 8.00, and the price for children and school groups is EUR 2.00 per person.
For more information and details on discounts, please refer to our admission prices.

Where can I get tickets for the exhibition?

All tickets for the »Three Wishes for Cinderella« winter exhibition are allocated to certain time slots. You can purchase tickets from our online shop or at the ticket office on site (subject to availability).

Top tip:

  • The most relaxed way to buy your tickets is in our online shop – book a freely selectable time slot and skip the queue at the castle!
  • We recommend booking a ticket for a weekday or in the afternoon – it is generally quieter at those times.

What are the benefits of the schloesserlandCARD?

The schloesserlandCARD gives you free admission to the exhibition (incl. 2 children aged 0-16).

Please note: Before your visit, please go to our online shop and book a free ticket in a time slot of your choice to avoid long queues. If you are going to be accompanied by children under the age of 16, they will also need a free ticket. 

What does »time-slot ticket« mean?

You will only be able to enter the exhibition in your chosen time slot.

Example: If your ticket is for the 1:00 pm time slot, you will be able to enter the exhibition from 1:00 pm (or 1:15 pm at the latest). Please allow a little more time for the admission checks and track-and-trace measures required in accordance with the COVID-19 regulations.

 

How long will it take to view the exhibition?

You should plan around 1 to 1.5 hours for your visit.

Can I take photos in the exhibition?

Yes. You are more than welcome to take photos in all exhibition rooms – but only for private purposes.

There are two photography stations that offer particularly good photo opportunities.

Can I try on costumes again this year?

Due to the restrictions introduced to combat the coronavirus pandemic, you sadly won’t be able to wear Cinderella costumes this year. We hope this will be possible again next year!

Can I visit the exhibition in a wheelchair?

Yes. The exhibition will also be accessible to wheelchair users. Please inform the staff at the ticket office.

However, the new special exhibition on Libuše Šafránková, who played Cinderella in the film, is located in a part of the castle that is unfortunately not fully accessible.

Can I take a stroller into the exhibition?

Unfortunately, you will not be able to visit the exhibition with a stroller. However, you can keep your stroller in our »baby carriage parking lot« during your visit.

Can I take my dog with me?

No. Dogs are not allowed in the exhibition. This also applies to small dogs carried around in bags.

Questions about COVID-19 rules

When it comes to opening the exhibition, we are guided by the coronavirus prevention regulations in Saxony.

For the opening of the exhibition we are guided by the Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance

  • We are limiting the number of tickets allocated to each time slot, so that the social distancing regulations can be ensured during your visit.
  • We will record your personal data for track-and-trace purposes in accordance with the coronavirus prevention regulations in Saxony. You can provide your contact details on our premises by scanning / reading the QR code in the »Corona-Warn« app or by submitting a previously completed form.
  • You will have to wear an FFP2 mask throughout the castle and exhibition rooms. However, this does not apply to children aged 0-6. For children and young people between the ages of 6 and 15, wearing a surgical mask is sufficient.
  • You will only be granted admission with a time slot ticket: Please arrive on time, so that you can enter the exhibition during your chosen time slot. You should book your tickets in advance in the online shop.
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 meters from other guests.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm or use a tissue.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands regularly – you will find disinfectant dispensers at the exhibition entrances.
  • Those who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 will not be granted access.
  • The exhibition tour is designed as a »one-way system« to avoid unnecessary contact.

What does »2G« mean?

The 2G regulation currently applies in Saxony for visiting cultural institutions.

This means you will only be able to enter the exhibition if you can present valid proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from the virus. Please remember this when booking your time-slot ticket.

The film »Three Wishes for Cinderella«

»The cheeks are soiled with ashes, but a chimney sweep it is not. A hat with feathers, a crossbow over the shoulder, but a hunter it is not. A silver dress with a train at the ball, but a princess it is not«. A young prince has to solve three riddles before he can wrap his arms around his chosen bride. Three is the magic number in all fairy tales – and the key to Cinderella’s happiness is slumbering behind three transformations.

Aschenbrödel auf ihrem Pferd in in Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel
Cinderella (Libuše Šafránková) secretly watches the princes hunting.
Böse Stiefmutter in Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel
Cinderella's stepmother looks skeptically at the three hazelnuts she has brought along.
König und Königin in Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel
The king (Rolf Hoppe) and the queen (Karin Lesch) consult about the prince's wedding.

The first encounter with the prince

Loosely based on the fairy tale »Cinderella«, screenwriter František Pavlíček tells the story of an orphan who lives on a large estate with her stepmother and her stepsister Dora.

While her stepmother and her servants await the arrival of the king, who is looking for a bride for the prince, Cinderella rides her horse into the forest. There she meets the prince and his friends for the first time.

At the ball

As in the original fairy tale, Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsister are invited to the king’s ball. As they excitedly get everything ready for the grand occasion, they send their servant Vincek to fetch some fine fabrics. He promises to bring Cinderella a gift of her own: »whatever hits him on the nose«. This turns out to be a branch with three hazelnuts. 

The magic power of the nuts

In the attic, Cinderella’s secret hiding place, she eventually discovers that the nuts have magic powers.

The first nut opens to reveal a hunter’s outfit. Disguised as a huntsman, she comes across the prince’s hunting party in the woods and is soon lauded as the king of the hunt. The second nut opens to reveal a ball gown, which she slips into before heading to the king’s ball. The prince is enchanted by the girl’s beauty and asks for her hand. However, the prince first has to solve the three riddles.

The riddle initially remains unsolved and Cinderella scurries out of the ball. In the commotion, she loses her slipper and the prince finds it. He vows to marry the girl who fits the shoe and follows Cinderella to the estate.

The search for the bride

Dora appears in Cinderella’s ball gown… but she doesn’t want to try on the slipper. As the step-mother and Dora flee indignantly, the prince runs after them and discovers that they were trying to hoodwink him. The prince is crestfallen as he returns to the estate.

And they lived happily ever after ...

Cinderella is waiting for him there in a wedding dress – the last secret to be revealed by the three hazelnuts. The prince even manages to solve the three riddles and receives the heroine’s hand in marriage..