Versailles of Saxony – an Unfinished Symphony
Grosssedlitz Baroque Garden near Pirna is one of the most remarkable gardens in Germany. After the Imperial Count August Christoph von Wackerbarth had built Frederick’s Little Palace as a retirement home in 1719, it was sold shortly afterwards to Augustus the Strong. Augustus had the baroque garden completely redesigned – and even drew some of the sketches himself. He wanted to create Saxony’s answer to the Palace of Versailles. But due to an acute lack of funds at the court of Dresden, which had otherwise spent without restraint, Grosssedlitz sadly remained unfinished. Nevertheless, all 12 hectares of the magnificent park continue to amaze guests to this day. The enchanting charm of the »Versailles of Saxony« is exuded by two orangeries, water features and around 60 sculptures. The grounds are particularly impressive in summer, when the park bathes in the blossom of orange trees and other exotic plants.
Grosssedlitz Baroque Garden
Parkstraße 85 | 01809 Heidenau
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Picturesque parterres and fabulous garden spaces on terraced grounds: The basic layout of the park, which was designed between 1719 and 1732, has been preserved almost completely up to this day.
History of the Baroque Garden
The Palace at Grosssedlitz was to become a resting place for retirement. But soon, two years after its completion, Augustus the Strong bought it from Count von Wackerbarth and had it redesigned to his own taste.
Something Exotic in Schloesserland: The Orangeries
To Saxon kings they symbolized status: the orange tree saplings. Today, more than 100 of them adorn the Lower Terrace in the historical manner from May through September.