A perfect afternoon in Dresden Park

Dresden is known, apart from its history, for the abundance of green areas that adorn it. Even more than 60% of the city is covered by parks and natural oases…

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The name of the city is also related to nature, because according to some sources, it is believed that the word Dresden originates from the Old Slavic word “dresdani”, which meant the people from the river forest, i.e. the swamp.

 


One such park, which could justify Dresden’s reputation, is the Great Park. It also had a turbulent history.

 

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The Great park is located southwest of the city center and is the largest and most beautiful park in Dresden. This 147 ha large park was commissioned by Crown Prince Johan George III as early as 1678. The park was modeled on French parks in the early Baroque style. It was supposed to serve as a hunting ground and was then located outside the city walls.

There are several lakes.

 

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In the center of the park is the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Baroque art. Johan George III commissioned it in 1676. and it was completed in 1683.

 

Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany

 

Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany


During the bombing in 1945. the palace was razed to the ground. The reconstruction of the outer walls began in 1950. and was completed in 1960.

 

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Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany

 

Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany


Reconstruction of the interior didn’t start until 1990. Today, the palace is used for exhibitions and festivals.

 

Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany

 

Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany


Two main avenues or paths lead to this palace and are a great place to stroll.

 

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Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany


In front of the palace, there is a large lake where you can see some species of rare birds. The lake is about 1.5 m deep and was supposed to serve as a mirror for the palace. The lake was created in 1715.

 

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During the wedding of the century of Augustus III, about which I wrote here, one of the festivals took place on this lake. The lake was filled with gondolas and decorated with flowers. It is filled with water from the nearby Karola Lake. After a certain period of time, it must be emptied due to silt and sediment.

At the corners of the lake there are Brühl’s vases, which were donated from Brühl’s palace. There are four of them.

 

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The palace is surrounded by a park according to the rules of baroque design. There are symmetrical islands with flowers, as well as numerous baroque sculptures.

 

Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany

 

Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany

 

Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany

 

Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany

 

Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany


When you move a little from the center of the city, the park is more reminiscent of the English ones, because large green areas, tall trees and small groves begin to show.

 

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Mosaic Fountain

The Mosaic Fountain was built in 1926. on the occasion of the celebration of the anniversary of the Dresden Horticultural Society. The fountain has the appearance of a growing plant.

It is lined with over a million colorful tiles in the colors of the earth such as: brown, green, gray, gold, orange, yellow and blue.

After the exhibition, it should have been demolished or moved. Since the agreement between the authorities and the artist was not reached, the fountain remained standing in the park. It was renovated for the first time in 1946. when it was damaged by shrapnel. For the next few decades it was without water due to lack of finance and after being renovated again, here it is in all its glory.

 

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The whole park can also be toured with a small train. The first locomotive was placed on the rails as early as 1950. At that time, the railway was 1.5 km long. In 1951. the railway is 5.6 km long.

In 1976 the railway reached its peak when 670,000 children were transported in one year.

 

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There are 5 stops and the journey takes 30 minutes. Over time, locomotives and wagons changed. They got a roof so it doesn’t get wet.
At some of the stations there are cafes, where you can look for refreshments. In 2017 the locomotive carried its 25,000,000-th passenger.

 

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To the southwest, the park is adjoined a zoo with over 400 animal species dating back to 1861. It is the fourth oldest zoo in Germany. It was opened in 1861. and extends over 13 hectares. About 3000 animals are housed here.

 

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In the northwest, on 3.25 ha, there is a botanical garden with over 10,000 plant species. They are organized geographically and allow the visitor to travel around the world. The garden is open all year round, but in the winter months the working hours are shortened.

 

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One of the most impressive parks in this part of the world, it became a public park in 1814.

 

Dresden Park Travel Blog Germany


Today, numerous cultural events and exhibitions are held here. There are also numerous restaurants where you can rest and refresh, which is what we did.

 

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Apart from outdoor concerts, it is also a very popular place to watch fireworks during the summer months and some important holidays.

The inhabitants of Dresden use this park for walks, jogging, relaxation, but also for skating when the Carola lake freezes over in the winter months.

 

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The park is open all year round. If you come at the end of the day, it will be empty and you will have it all to yourself. Entrance is free.

 

Conclusion

I like parks because they are mostly spacious and flat. Even though the Great Park is opposite everything I’ve written about in Dresden, such as the Zwinger Palace, the Castle or the Green Treasury, it’s worth a visit if you have time. Dresden is not that big and it is easy to get from one end to the other. After all, if I succeeded, so can you.

 

Have you been to Dresden’s Great Park?

Did I miss something?

 

Traveled and enjoyed,

Marko Velickovic

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