Located on the eastern outskirts of Dresden, along the banks of the Elbe River, Pillnitz Castle & Park is a stunning blend of Baroque and Chinese architectural styles. Read more

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Known for its palatial buildings, lush gardens, and tranquil setting, this cultural treasure offers a unique blend of history, art, and natural beauty.
Pillnitz Castle was initially a country estate, built in the late 17th century. It gained its current form in the 18th century when it was expanded and transformed into a Royal summer residence. The estate is particularly famous for its elaborate Baroque gardens, which are among the best-preserved in Europe.
Whether you're interested in history, architecture, botany, or simply enjoying a day in a beautiful, peaceful setting, Pillnitz Castle & Park offers something for everyone. A visit here transports you back to a time of opulence and grandeur, making it a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the Dresden area.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Pillnitz

The Castle Complex

Divided into three main buildings — the Riverside Palace, the Upper Palace, and the New Palace — the castle complex features an array of architectural styles, including Baroque and Chinese influences.

Baroque Gardens

A stunning example of Baroque garden design, featuring carefully landscaped terraces, fountains, and geometric flowerbeds.

Camellia House

Home to one of Europe's oldest camellia trees, this greenhouse is a must-see for plant enthusiasts.

Palm House

Another highlight for plant lovers, this greenhouse features a variety of exotic plants and is one of the oldest of its kind in Germany.


The castle houses a museum featuring furniture, artwork, and other artifacts that offer insight into Saxon court life.

Boat Ride

One of the most romantic ways to reach Pillnitz is via a paddle steamer along the Elbe River, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Festivals and Events

Throughout the year, Pillnitz Castle & Park hosts various events, including garden festivals, concerts, and art exhibitions.

Walking and Cycling

The surrounding parkland offers excellent opportunities for walking and cycling, with well-marked trails and beautiful scenery.

Local Dining

There are several eateries within the estate, ranging from casual cafes to more formal dining options.


The castle and gardens provide abundant opportunities for photography, with the majestic Elbe River serving as a particularly picturesque backdrop.

What else to visit
In and around Pillnitz

Weesenstein (8.75 km)

Discover the poetic charm of Weesenstein Castle, a fairytale-like fortress dramatically set atop a rocky hill in the Müglitz valley. The castle's romantic allure, intriguing history, and panoramic views make it a must-visit gem in the Saxon landscape.

Dresden (10.28 km)

Dresden, the former seat of the Saxon kings, is a city of art and culture. Explore the Baroque architecture, world-famous museums and fascinating history of this German city known as the "Florence on the Elbe".

Bastei (15.28 km)

Located in the heart of Saxon Switzerland National Park, the Bastei is a stunning rock formation that towers above the Elbe River. Known for the breathtaking Bastei Bridge, it's a haven for photographers, hikers, and nature lovers.

Moritzburg (21.78 km)

Nestled amidst enchanting forests and tranquil lakes, Moritzburg is a picturesque town in Saxony, Germany. It's most famous for the stunning Moritzburg Castle, a Baroque masterpiece that appears to float on water.

Meissen (32.53 km)

Meissen is often referred to as the "Cradle of Saxony," renowned for its high-quality porcelain, medieval architecture, and lush vineyards. Nestled along the Elbe River, this charming town offers a mix of art, history, and natural beauty.

České Švýcarsko (37.38 km)

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