Dresden is a beautiful place to be but in some ways it’s also just like any other city – loud and hectic. To escape all of that, you don’t have to leave the city’s borders: Within walking distance to the city center you can find the Grand Garden with beautiful flowerbeds and picturesque alleyways through extensive meadows and forests. It’s the perfect location to relax – and more than just that.
The Grand Garden isn’t just a simple public park. It stands in Dresden’s centuries-old tradition of landscaping and gardening and is one of the most important garden estates in Europe. With more than 140 hectares of greenery, it invites its visitors to stroll around, take a ride with the Dresden Park Railway or just enjoy the quietness. Yes – that’s right: The noise of the city seems to stop once you step into the Grand Garden.
Located in the middle of the park is the Grand Garden Palace. It is Saxony’s oldest baroque palace building and has been fully restored in recent years. Its surroundings – a pond, flowerbeds, shrubs and conifers as well as various sculptures – invite visitors to take a stroll. Guided tours between April and October offer lots of information on the Palace and the surrounding park.
Of course, 140 hectares are quite a lot to explore on foot. For that the Dresden Park Railway was invented: The small train runs along the almost 6 km (3.7 miles) and lets you experience the beauty of the Grand Garden on a 30-minute ride. By the way – that’s enough time to decide on which of the Garden’s cafés you want to visit.
More information: http://www.grosser-garten-dresden.de/en/homepage/
How to get there: TRAM 10 and 13 “Großer Garten” stop, TRAM 9 or BUS 75 “Zoo” stop.
Text: S. Schückel