In 1818, the Renaissance-era castle burned down completely. Today, the Neue Palais (New Palace) stands in its place. This building now houses a museum. You can visit the Kuppelsaal, which was used as a dining hall, as well as the courts kitchen. By the way, did you know that Princess Mathilde made a large contribute to its reconstruction? Thanks to her watercolour paintings, it was possible to recreate facsimile replicas of the kitchen.
Opening times: May to October, Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00am to 6:00pm
When you take a walk around the park which surrounds Pillnitz castle, you will find Japanese camellias over 200 years old and more than eight metres tall. The plant is originally from East Asia. As the story goes, a Swedish botanist named Karl Peter Thunberg brought the plant from Asia via London and ultimately to Saxony. To protect the plant against the cold winter, they built wooden houses around it. Today, it has a portable glasshouse that regulates the temperature with a computer. Each year when the plant is in bloom, you have the chance to purchase a cutting of the camellia, making this an especially rewarding time to visit Pillnitz castle.
Visiting hours: Blooms from mid-February to mid-April, daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm
The conservatory in the park of Pillnitz bears more than 600 square metres’ worth of botanic treasures from South Africa, New Zeeland and Australia.
Opening times: April to October, daily from 9:00am to 6:00pm / November to March, daily from 10:00am to 4:00pmwww.schlosspillnitz.de
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