Three Nuts for Cinderella

When the cold season sets in, Cinderella conquers the castle. She is touching in that German-Czech movie of 1973 in her self-confident, smart way. As the original film-shooting location, the Moritzburg fairy-tale castle tells visitors stories about the background of the making of the movie and its plot in this winter exhibition. Lovingly remodeled scenes from the film, original costumes and multimedial enactments convey the magic spirit of the film. At the end of the walk, the castle kitchen offers tempting coffee and cake. And there are nice little items for old and young to be purchased from the museum shop.

This year again, the Moritzburg Castle will turn into this magnificent fairy-tale backdrop. From November on, some sectrets and yet undisclosed background stories to the film and the fairy tale will be unveiled. More 600,000 visitors so far have allowed to be carried away by the fairy-tale enactments. Take your chance to walk in the tracks of the cheeky fairy-tale princess.

Questions about the exhibition Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella

When can I see the exhibition?

It’s only on display in winter (November to February) and daily, except on Mondays, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (last admission at 5:00 pm. See here for further details and our special times. 

How much does admission to the exhibition cost?

Admission for adults is EUR 8.00, for those elegible to reductions it is EUR 4.00.

Besides, there are family tickets at EUR 8.00 (1 adult + max. 2 children) as well as at EUR 16.00 (2 adults + max. 4 children). See here for group rates and further information.

Where can I buy tickets to the exhibition?

Tickets to the exhibition can be purchased at the cash desk or by booking in advance.

Go to the online shop here

Tickets are also available in numerous spots in the region selling them in advance. Please see here for a map. You can find your nearest sales spot there by using the search function (magnifying glass: z.B. according place or zip code) or by navigating on the map.

What does the word »time window ticket« mean?

The periods of admission for tickets from so-called advance sales are organized in so-called »time windows«. One time window is one hour.

Example: With the purchased ticket for the time window 1 pm – 2:00 pm, you are granted admission to the exhibition within that hour. It is irrelevant how long you will stay inside.

From experience, it is recommended to by time window tickets for weekends, public holidays and during school vacations, especially in the mornings are at midday.

How long does the exhibition take?

You should provide for about one to 1.5 hours for seeing the exhibition.

When can I see the Baroque floor of the castle?

For organizational and safety reasons, the Baroque Exhibition & Feather Room must remain closed during winter time.

Can I bring my dog to the exhibition?

No, sorry, dogs must not be taken into the exhibition.
This rule also applies to small dogs carried in bags.

Am I allowed to take photographs in the exhibition?

Yes, and even at no extra cost! In our fancy-dress corner, taking photographs is even expressly requested. Of course, taking photos for private purposes is allowed in all other exhibition rooms, too.

The movie »Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella«

»The cheeks are soiled, but it’s not the chimney sweep. A little cap with feathers, the crossbow over the shoulder, but it’s not a huntsman. A silver-woven dress with a train for the ball, but it isn’t a princess.« These three riddles are to be solved by a young prince before he can embrace the chosen bride. Three – the magic number in all fairy tales, and with Cinderella, too, the key for happiness is hidden behind three transformations.

The first encounter with the prince

Cinderella (Libuše Šafránková) secretly observes the prince on his hunt
Cinderella (Libuše Šafránková) secretly observes the prince on his hunt

Freely told after the fairy tale of Cinderella by the author of the script, František Pavlíček, it is the story of orphaned Cinderella living with her stepmother and her daughter Dora at their manor.

While the stepmother and her servants expect the king, who is looking for a brief for the prince, Cinderella rides off to the forest. There, she encounters the prince and his friends for the first time.

At the ball

The prince and one of his friends discover Cinderella.
The prince and one of his friends discover Cinderella.

As in the original fairy tale, the king holds a ball to which also the stepmother and Dora are invited. In excitement, the two busily prepare everything and send out their servant Vincek to buy nobly fabrics. He brings back to  Cinderella »what appears in front of his nose«: a twig with three hazelnuts.

The magic force of the hazelnuts

Servant Vincek brings Cinderella the three hazelnuts back from his trip to town.
Servant Vincek brings Cinderella the three hazelnuts back from his trip to town.

In the attic – Cinderella’s hideaway – she finds out about the magic poers of the hazelnuts.

The first nut conceals hunters’ wear. Dressed up as a huntsman, she encounters the prince’s hunting party and is elected the champion shot. The second nut reveals a a ball dress in which she sneaks off to the king’s ball. Enchanted by the beauty of the girl, the prince asks her for her hand. But, before that, the prince is to solve the three riddles.

The riddle remains unsolved at first, and Cinderella leaves the ball. Thereby, she loses her shoe, which the prince finds. He vows to take the girl as his bride whose foot fits the shoe, and follows Cinderella to the manor.

The search for the bride

In her secret hideaway in the attic, Cinderella discovers the magic power of the three nuts.
In her secret hideaway in the attic, Cinderella discovers the magic power of the three nuts.

Dressed up in Cinderella’s ball dress , Dora appears, but does not want to try on the shoe. Outraged, the stepmother and Dora escape, the prince follows them and discovers the hoax. Discouraged, the prince returns to the manor.

And they lived happily ever after ...

The prince recognizes Cinderella and asks her for her hand.
The prince recognizes Cinderella and asks her for her hand.

There, Cinderella is waiting already dressed in a wedding dress – the last secret of the hazelnuts. But the prince also solves the three riddles and receives the hand of the heroine.