August the Great is known for his desire to build. Aside from the Taschenberg Palace, which he built for his mistress, Anna Constantia, he also created the hunting lodge at Moritzburg. A mere 20 minutes’ drive from the hotel delivers you cleanly into the 18th century.
The castle Moritzburg holds the legendary Feather Chamber. The story states that the bed was a present from the king of Spain. Therefore, it is assumed that Native American slaves collected feathers in excess over the course of generations.
The Leather wallpapers
Originally, some 60 rooms featured leather wallpaper, now, only 11 remain. Even so, Moritzburg still features one of the biggest collection in the world of Baroque leather wallpapers. Each of these 11 rooms was meticulously restores with incredible patience. At the centre of the artwork is Diana, the goddess of hunting from ancient Roman mythology.
Moritzburg has a long tradition. The Wettiner of the 16th century enjoyed their residence. When August the Great was in charge during the 18th century, he celebrated pompous festivals after a successful hunt. Moritzburg has one of the most remarkable collections of hunting trophies in Europe.
Bone china collection
What was once the dressing room of King August III has now been converted into an exhibition of fine bone china. Enjoy the beauty of this blazing white porcelain in the so-called Jägerturm.
Moritzburg is surrounded by a beautiful, romantic park. In his lifetime, August the Great planned a park in the contemporary French style. After his death, the garden was never finished. These days, the state office for the preservation of ancient monuments is reconstructing the park. By the way, did you know that the only lighthouse of Saxony is places in the park around Moritzburg?