Moritzburg Palace and Colditz Castle
Today we embark on a vintage steam train ride through the Saxony
countryside to visit the exquisite Palace of Mortizburg, a former
hunting castle of the Saxon royal family. Originally built in 1542,
the castle was remodelled in the 1720's by a Saxon monarch named
Augustus the Strong and sits in vast parkland countryside
containing several ponds, which create a lake around the palace.
After enjoying a guided tour we return to Dresden, where your
afternoon is free. You could visit the magnificent Old Masters'
Gallery. Here you can see close to 750 paintings dating from the
15th to 18th centuries. It includes the prominent Italian
Renaissance works and other pieces from Dutch and Flemish painters.
Amongst the collection you can see the Sistine Madonna by Raphael,
Sleeping Venus by Girgione and Titan's The Tribute Money. The
gallery also houses outstanding works from Spanish, French and
German artists. Alternatively you might like to see the Green
Vault, which is a historic museum home to a diverse variety of
exhibits. Founded in 1723, the Vault is said to hold the largest
collection of 'treasures' in Europe.
On Day 6, we take a coach excursion to Colditz,
where we take a guided tour of the iconic Castle. Built high on a
crag above the sleepy town, the Renaissance fortress has served as
a hunting lodge and hospital during its long history but its most
famous period came during the Second World War, when it was one of
Europe's most notorious PoW camps. A constant battle of wits
between Allied prisoners and German guards resulted in more than
300 daring escape attempts; incredibly; just thirty prisoners were
successful. We visit the castle's museum, which includes a variety
of escape devices. Visitors can also descend to the tunnel built by
- Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
- Day 6 - Breakfast