A Fairy-tale Castle and its Treasures
Moritzburg Castle is arguably the prettiest moated castle in Saxony. It was named after Duke Maurice, who had a hunting lodge built for himself near Dresden in 1542. From 1723, Augustus the Strong converted it into a magnificent baroque castle in the middle of a large pond and park. The project was directed by Matthaeus Poeppelmann. Some of the treasures to be discovered at Moritzburg Castle include one of the most important collections of hunting trophies in Europe, ornate gilt leather tapestries and the »Feather Room« with over a million colored feathers. Every winter, Moritzburg Castle transforms into a fairy-tale pearl when the grounds become the magical setting of the legendary film »Three Wishes for Cinderella«. Fans can explore the set and walk in the footsteps of the cheeky princess.
Built as a hunting lodge by Duke Maurice, Moritzburg Castle became a royal pleasure palace under Augustus the Strong.
Baroque splendor - never completed
The Moritzburg Castle Park
Friedewald Forest, hunting area of the Wettins for centuries, was developed in the course of damming up of ponds, the laying out of islands, forest aisles, canals, avenues and gardens over the centuries into an artistically designed cultural landscape.
A paradise in a nutshell
The Moritzburg Little Pheasant Castle
The hunting lodge on the large pond is an elaborate Rococo palace before a similarly artistically landscaped backdrop - which includes even a miniature harbor with a lighthouse.
Saxony’s only lighthouse
A little bit of maritime flair? That’s what you can get at Moritzburg Castle, because here is the only lighthouse in Saxony.