Explore with us not only charming castles and parks of Dresden, also venture to do a trip into the closer environment of the city on the river Elbe and experience stately homes and spacious parks, which could not be any more wonderful and multifaceted!
Palaces, Parks and Wine Estates in Dresden
Elbe Palaces Dresden
Along the Elbe slopes in the direction of the Blue Wonder Bridge and not far from the old part of Dresden are the three famous Elbe Palaces: Albrechtsberg Castle, Eckberg Castle and Lingner Palace. These castles and beautiful garden grounds provide a magnificent view from the opposite (left) Elbe bank.During the long night of Dresden Castles, the three royal palaces transform into a fascinating cultural landscape with a varied programme of concerts and shows.
The Great Garden in Dresden
One of the most famous resorts in Dresden is the Great Garden. Wide meadows, colourful flower beds, fountains, various open-air stages and the Dresden Park Railway attract many Dresdeners and visitors, who come to see the town park not only on weekends. Also the adjacent Botanical Gardens of the Dresden University of Technology are always worth a visit, too.
Not far away from the historical city centre of Dresden is Pillnitz Palace, one of the most popular destinations for visitors as well as citizens of Dresden. As it is directly located on the banks of the Elbe River, visitors can also take the historic paddlewheel steamer to get there. Not only from this perspective does the castle complex from the 18th century provide a majestic impression for arriving passengers.
Wine Estate Schloss Proschwitz
The wine estate Schloss Proschwitz was founded some 900 years ago and owned by the Bishops of Meissen until 1539. Sometime later it came into the ownership of the zur Lippe family. In 1945 the owner was evicted and sent for “re-education”, but in 1990 his son, Dr. Georg Prinz zur Lippe, bought back the vineyard and restored Weingut Schloss Proschwitz. Today it is the greatest private wine estate in Eastern Germany.
Wackerbarth Palace was erected in 1730, and served as the last home for the Count of Wackerbarth, a minister of Augustus the Strong.
Presently you will find the sparkling wine cellars as well as the Saxon State Wine Estate in Wackerbarth Palace. You can visit the sparkling wine cellar, where traditional methods are used, such as bottle fermentation. The wine production process can also be seen, where parts of the wine mature in oak barrels. The fascination of the estate lies in the terraced wine slopes which form a remarkable countryside.
View from Lingner Palace over the Elbe © AugustusTours
Great Garden of Dresden © Nico Bullan
Pillnitz Palace © AugustusTours
Vineyard and Wackerbarth Palace © AugustusTours