The certainly most beautiful Saxon moated castle is named after Duke Moritz, who, in 1542, built a hunting lodge near his residence in Dresden. In 1723 Augustus the Strong commissioned Matthaeus Daniel Poeppelmann, architect of the Dresden Zwinger, with the conversion of the building to provide an appropriate and magnificent setting for his glittering parties. One of the most outstanding collections of hunting trophies in Europe is not the only big treasure of Moritzburg Castle. The “Feather Room” even won a European Cultural Heritage Award. Far over one million colorful feathers were made into a unique piece of decorative art: the magnificent bed of Augustus the Strong. Just as unique is the lavishly painted gold leather tapestry on the walls of the electoral refuge. When in Moritzburg the visitor should by no means miss a look at the Little Pheasant Castle that can be reached in just a few minutes on foot or by horse-drawn coach. Even today, Moritzburg has not lost its cultural importance. This can be experienced every year at the »Moritzburg Festival of Chamber Music« and the autumnal »Stallions’ Parade« in the former royal stud farm outside the castle gates.
Additional access information for wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility:
- Driveway (10% gradient, 40 m length) to castle entrance
- An assistance is required, upon prior notice by phone approach to castle by car is possible
- Wheelchair users please register at ticket office (1 doorstep of 4 cm) for use of castle lift
- Baroque castle and "Aschenbrödel" (Cinderella) exhibition, castle restaurant and castle park are easily accessible
- The Fasanenschlösschen (Little Pheasant Castle) is not accessible, because of steps
- Tours for the blind and guests with learning impairments on request