Grand Garden of Dresden


in short

The capital of Saxony is a big garden landscape. Few large cities are so close to nature or have such extensive gardens, spacious parks and generous lawns for playing and sunbathing. The most impressive park in the Saxon metropolis is the 363-acre Great Garden or Grosser Garten. Elector Johann Georg III started the Dresdeners' favorite park with its absolutely straight avenues in 1678, modeling it on the French parks.
Großer Garten mit Palais und Palaisteich, Luftaufnahme
© Staatliche Schlösser, Burgen und Gärten Sachsen; Foto: Herbert Boswank
Logo: Grand Garden of Dresden

Grand Garden of Dresden

in detail

After a first garden plan in 1676, the rectangular floor plan of the entire complex, still visible today, was first conceived and then carried out by specific purchases of estates until 1693 by Johann Friedrich Karcher. From 1678 to 1683 Elector John George III commissioned Johann Georg Starcke to build one of the earliest and most important examples of German Baroque construction: the Palace in the Grand Garden. Around the Palace, which is situated centrally in the garden’s core area, the following elements were introduced up until 1719: parterre and bosquet constructions, the Palace’s basin and a pheasant garden.

Many of the original approximately 1500 garden sculptures were destroyed or stolen in 1760 and again in 1813 due to wars. After 1814 and the opening of the Great Garden for the public, parts of the garden area were redesigned in Romantic style. From 1873 onwards, under the direction of Johann Carl Friedrich Bouché landmark changes for today’s appearance of the garden were carried out. The Baroque basic structure – significantly defined through six alleys – was kept in order to create a landscaped park.
Großer Garten
Parkeisenbahn/Park railway: 5,00/ 2,50 EUR
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Visitor entrance

Grand Garden of Dresden
Hauptallee 5
01219 Dresden
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Opening Times

14:30 - 15:30
14:30 - 15:30
Großer Garten ganzjährig frei zugänglich. Führungen durch das Palais Mi und So um 14:30 Uhr (Apr bis Okt).

Dresdner Parkeisenbahn Fahrzeiten:
Apr bis Okt: Di bis So | 10:00 bis 18:00
Jul und Aug zusätzlich Mo 13:00 bis 18:00
Informationen zu Sonderfahrten unter

Grand Garden: open daily, free admission
Palace: guided tours Wed and Sun at 2:30pm (Apr-Oct)

Park railway at Grand Garden:
Apr – Oct | Tue - Sun 10am - 6pm
Jul – Aug | also Mon 1pm - 6pm - The exhibition portal for Europe