Saxony is the place to visit if you want to see some of the most beautiful castles in Germany.
With plenty of fairytale-like castles, Renaissance and Baroque palaces, fascinating monasteries, impressive fortresses and lovely gardens, Saxony is a great travel destination for either a romantic weekend break or a cultural holiday in the very heart of Europe.
Each summer, the ‘Free State of Saxony‘, which boasts a rich cultural heritage and a strong musical tradition, provides music and art lovers with a whole host of events. This summer’s highlights are the Medieval Festival of Weesenstein Castle, Romantic Evenings and Festival of Chamber Music at Moritzburg Castle, the Summer Film Festival of Mildenstein Castle, Flower and Garden Show at Altzella Monastery Park,… And if you are looking for romance, classic music, ball and fine dining, do not miss the Summer Festival of Rammenau Castle.
However, since the Castles and Palaces of Saxony often house interesting museums and permanent art exhibitions, these fascinating historical landmarks are really worth a visit in any season of the year. It is really difficult to make a choice; so check out our short list of Baroque palaces, Gothic fortresses and royal residences that you shouldn’t miss out on your Saxony castles tour:
The best preserved castle of Saxony, Burg Kriebstein boasts original furniture and painted wood ceilings dating back from the Late Gothic period. While visiting the Treasure Vault, Hunting Room, Gothic Room and Kriebstein Chapel of this charming knight’s castle nestled in a wild, romantic forest, you will feel like a princess or a fairytale hero.
Boasting superb Meissen porcelain pieces and Baroque furniture, this splendid moated castle is surrounded by enchanting woodlands, meadows and lakes. A popular tourist attraction in Saxony, Schloss Moritzburg is really worth a visit for the impressive collections of antlers and Baroque leather wall hangings featured in the Castle Museum, as well as its miniature lighthouse and the Pheasant Castle Moritzburg, a Saxon rococo-styled hunting palace.
Schloss Rammenau is a charming Baroque castle situated halfway between Dresden and Bautzen. Built in the 17th Century, this Saxon Castle used to be a summer residence and boasts magnificent interiors with neo-classical influences. Interesting things to see in Rammenau include the Mirror Hall, the Blue Salon, the Golden Room, the Bulgarian room, the Chinese Room and the Devil’s Room, as well as the German philosopher JG Fichte Memorial.
Dresden and the Elbe Castles
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dresden Elbe Valley is really worth a visit for Dresden’s royal residence and the three Elbe Castles. The capital city of Saxony offers an array of historical landmarks including the mysterious Dresden Fortress and the Science Tunnel, the Renaissance palace of Dresden Stableyard featuring the impressive “Procession of Princes” mural, and the Versailles-style Dresden Zwinger housing artistic treasures such as Raphael‘s Sistine Madonna and the Meissen porcelain carillon.
Tips for your Saxon Castles Holiday: Romantic Castle Hotels & Palace Tour Cards
For a really romantic stay in Saxony with a touch of luxury, you can book an accommodation in a castle hotel such as the charming Schloss Hotel Dresden-Pillnitz. This Dresden hotel on the Elbe River is located in the park of Pillnitz Castle, a former summer residence of the Kings of Saxony, and offers comfortable, quiet guest rooms, a gourmet restaurant and banqueting facilities.
In order to make visitors save time and money, the Saxony Tourist Board offers a Palaces Tour Card that allows free admission to over forty of the Saxony’s castles from Dresden to Leipzig to Chemnitz. For further information on the Saxon palaces and residences check out the Map of Saxony Castles available on the Saxony Tourist Board website.