Saturday 17th July 1999
We started today with a visit to Schloss Moritzburg, a 16th century hunting lodge built for the Duke of Saxony. To add to the ambience the duke created a lake around the whole castle which is still the highlight.
Next stop was Schloss Weesenstein, about 20km on the opposite side of Dresden. We skirted the city and arrived at the castle in the middle of the afternoon. It's a little-visited place but turned out to be a gem. Built on a tall rock in the elbow of a river it feels like it was designed upside-down. We started our tour in the 19th century lower floors, looking at the excellently displayed rooms. We then climbed up to reach the medieval dungeons and beer cellars, clinging to the bare rock face. Another floor higher brought us back to the 19th century before we finally ascended to the chapel.
After visiting the castle we spent a short time wandering around the formal gardens before heading back north in the direction of Berlin. We passed a number of disused factories and power plants, victims of the union with the west we assume, before we reached the heart of Dresden. We couldn't help but admire the buildings in the city centre. After hearing of the city being flattened at the end of the second world war it was amazing to see the condition of it now.
Time was getting on though so we decided to continue, finally choosing to stop in the same place as last night, mozzies not withstanding.