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A royal summer residence and its botanical treasures

Immediately outside the gates of Dresden, Augustus the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, had commissioned the building of the Riverside and Hillside Palaces (1720-1724) according to the plans of Matthaeus Daniel Poeppelmann. Thus he laid the foundation stone for Europe’s largest chinoise castle complex, which became the summer residence of the Saxon royal court in 1868 under Frederick Augustus the Righteous.

The park of Pillnitz Castle is well-known for its abundance of botanical treasures, such as the more than 230-year-old camellia, about 400 potted plants and precious old trees. 

Ticket rates

  • Full rate 3,00 EUR
  • Reduced rate 1,50 EUR

Day Ticket Pillnitz Palace and Park (Park, Palm House and both museums)

  • Full rate: EUR 8.00
  • Reduced rate: EUR 6.00
  • Group rate: EUR 7.00 per person

Day Ticket Pillnitz Park (Park and Palm House)*

  • Full rate: EUR 3.00 
  • Reduced rate: EUR 1.50 
  • Group rate: EUR 2.50 

*plus admission to Camellia House while the Pillnitz Camellia is in bloom

Free admission:

  • Children aged 16 or younger
  • People visiting the castle on their birthday
  • Holders of the schloesserlandPASS
  • Holders of an annual ticket of the Dresden State Art Collections
  • Holders of the annual ticket "»Garden Friend for a Year« (Park and Palm House)
  • Accompanying adults of severly disabled people (entry »B« iin the disability pass)
  • Tour guides
  • Tour bus drivers accompanying a tour group
  • 1 accompanying adult per 10 pupils
  • Journalists for reporting purposes (valid identification required)

Subject to modifications.

Benefits with the schloesserlandPASS

Free admission to the permanent exhibition
Free admission to the special exhibition
Free admission to the park
Accommodations discount is granted
Accommodations discount is granted 10 %

Arrival & map

Next City:  Dresden  (15 km)

Arrival information:

By public transport

  • bus line 63, stop Leonardo-da-Vinci-Strasse or Pillnitzer Platz
  • left of the Elbe River: bus line 88 or tram line 2, both as far as terminus and then by ferry across the Elbe River  
  • from Pirna: bus line P, stop Leonardo-da-Vinci-Strasse or Pillnitzer Platz
  • for further information, please, go to
  • interactive and multimodal planning of your trip at Greenmobility 


  • Come here by bus or rail

By steam ship 

  • The paddle wheel steamer of the Saxon Steamship Company (Saechsischen Dampfschifffahrt) stop directly at Pillnitz Palace - the most royal way to come here!

Sightseeing tour buses

Are you staying at Dresden for the first time? Just go on a sightseeing tour to visit all the highlights and cultural monuments of Dresden at once.

By bike or on foot

Pillnitz Palace and Park is ideally situated for biking enthusiasts and hiking lovers. Just follow the Elbe River on the historic towing path (Treidelpfad) or the Elbe River cycling path. (Elberadweg

By car

  • via A4, exits Dresden Hellerau or Dresden Altstadt and further along the road to Pillnitz
  • via A17, exit Pirna and further along the road towards Radeberg, exit Graupa, following the road to Pillnitz

Parking facilities

  • Leonardo-da-Vinci-Strasse parking lot (pay parking)
  • tour bus parking lot at »Alte Wache« (pay parking)
  • limited parking facilities for disabled people near Pillnitz 

Opening hours

Pillnitz Park

  • open all year round
  • 6:00 am - dusk

April to October

  • admission subject to charge: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


May to October

  • Mon: closed
  • Tue - Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Palm House

open all year round

  • Apr - Oct: 9:00 am- 6:00 pm
  • Nov - Mar: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Subject to modifications.


Pillnitz Palace and Park

August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2 | 01326 Dresden

Property of State Palaces, Castles and Gardens of Saxony, non profit

+49 (0) 351 2613-260

The Gardens of Kings

Take a walk in Saxony’s most beautiful gardens, allow to be inebriated by their scents, experience unexpected views and gain undreamt-of insights. Relax in the spacious gardens or stroll in sunshine, accompanied by the splashing of fountains. And take a piece of Schloesserland home with you: a flower bed brick from Bad Muskau, a camellia shoot from Pillnitz, summer flowers or an Azalea from Weesenstein can all be purchased in those places.

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