Saxony: Land of castles, palaces, porcelain, culture, reformation as well as fire-darkened stones

"Saxony" sounds strong, rich, luxurious as well as is fun to say.

The Free State of Saxony inwards southeastern Federal Republic of Federal Republic of Germany is keen to visit, too. Since the reunification of Federal Republic of Federal Republic of Germany - which started hither - it has perish the most pop destination. With its strategic Elbe Valley, castles for fortification were a necessity. Trade alongside the balance of the world was a given as well as riches shortly followed.

Heinrich I was the root Saxon ruler to last King of Federal Republic of Federal Republic of Germany (919-936), establishing the art-loving House of Wettin which ruled for to a greater extent than than 800 years. Augustus the Strong (1694-1733) was its star.

Martin Luther's Reformation began its spread from Wittenberg inwards 1517.

Saxons were builders of palaces as well as collectors of art. There are 240 museums inwards Saxony, Germany's densest population of them.

Here are the onetime residences I striking on a one-day tour organized past times the High German Tourist Board. Alas, though well-organized, it was timed to the infinitesimal alongside no room for seeing everything much less lingering.

Mortizburg Castle, originally built past times Duke Moritz equally a hunting social club inwards 1723, was turned into a grand venue for parties past times Augustus the Strong. It is a moated (in a pond which inwards Federal Republic of Federal Republic of Germany way it was human made; a lake is nature's product), 4 towered Baroque gem of rich golden ocher trimmed inwards white as well as capped past times an orangish roof.

Known primarily for its collection of antlers (the best inwards Europe), leather wall hangings as well as and plume artwork, I found the kitchen implements, menus for lavish majestic parties as well as the peaceful vistas of main interest.

Didn't convey an chance to watch the famed Moritzburg stud whose warm-blooded horses are coveted past times many an equestrian (Queen Elizabeth bought xiv Mortitzburg stallions).

Tip: You volition green nearby as well as walk to the castle along a bridge. The downstairs is easy, but you'll run across steps on the tour of upstairs.


If Moritzburg is a jewel, Pillnitz Castle as well as Park is a chinoise crown of gems, a  waterfront pleasance palace. With its pagoda-style roofs, Castle Museum, Museum for Crafts as well as Arts, English, Dutch as well as Chinese gardens, you lot don't know where to hold off or perish first.

Tip:  Take a twenty-four hr catamenia to stride yourself as well as compass it justice. You volition walk a lot but you lot won't last overwhelmed past times stairs. There are places to consume as well as sip as well as vendors offering or so of Saxony's exceptional treats - gingerbread filled alongside marmalade as well as covered inwards chocolate. It wasn't my fave but compass endeavour some.


To Augustus the Strong, the Orient was sky on earth, hence the chinoise style. He also considered the Elbe River to last Saxony's Grand Canal so Pillnitz sits 250-feet to a higher house the river.

Warning: Everyone says arriving at Pillnitz via the Elbe the way royalty in i lawsuit did is the best way. It in all probability is if you lot aren't a Leveler; a 250-foot ascent inwards elevation requires a lot of steps. I'd propose coming past times route as well as saving your energy.

The gardens are superb. You won't desire to girlfriend the 140-year-old ruby beech, the 250-year-old Japanese camellia tree which produces 35,000 blossoms inwards March as well as Apr or a remarkable 150-year-old lilac tree, an ordinary High German multifariousness on the bottom, Chinese lilac on the top. It blooms inwards May. Gardeners convey been trying to reproduce the combination for years without success.

Perhaps they should halt trying so hard. The subway scheme of producing porcelain was discovered inwards Saxony past times accident. Johann Friedrich Bottger, an apothecary as well as charlatan, claimed he could brand gold, but what he did was succeed inwards firing porcelain instead. After 8 years he presented  Augustus the Strong alongside porcelain, shortly dubbed "white gold," which was almost equally good. For years, Europeans had tried to recreate this prized production of the Orient as well as inwards Jan 1710, Augustus proclaimed he had. To continue Bottger as well as the subway scheme prophylactic from poaching monarchs, he ordered a mill to last built inwards Albrechtburg Castle high to a higher house Meissen where it operated for 153 years.

                                                                                  
The Baroque Garden Grossedlitz is an unfinished vision of Augustus the Strong as well as supposedly the the best pure Baroque garden around. Meant to last the Versailles of Saxony, it presents quite the vistas as well as volition no doubtfulness last worth a watch to lovers of formal gardens. I found it exhausting as well as non worth it because of the many dissimilar levels as well as stairs leading to as well as from them. The map shows a "barrier gratuitous path" to the lower areas but I never saw it.

Blame it on besides many palatial residences inwards i day. High German efficiency is grand but or so of us need to a greater extent than American ambling as well as idling.

Tip: You tin purchase a Tour Pass for vii days that volition instruct you lot into to a greater extent than than fifty of Saxony's historic castles, palaces as well as gardens for eighteen euro.

By the way, I found residents, guides as well as the average herr inwards the street, willing to speak virtually World War II, the impairment - human as well as otherwise - incurred, living inwards the Communist-controlled zones as well as the reactions when the wall roughshod as well as reunification arrived. Such conversations invariably laid out when the guide or resident explains the impairment from Ally bombing as well as subsequent reconstruction, pointing out that night stones are original, pale stones are replacements.

Next posts: Saxony's signature cities, Dresden as well as then Leipzig.

Note: To reckon what what was served to Augustus the Strong perish to my blog, www.foodafar.blogspot.com.

Saxony: Land of castles, palaces, porcelain, culture, reformation as well as fire-darkened stones