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  • Voyage of discovery through Radebeul

    A Jewel on the Saxon Wine Route


  • WELCOME to Radebeul

    A town to enjoy!

  • Are you a tourist who is interested

    in a variety of things and in search

    of an interesting destination? We

    gladly rise to this challenge and on

    the following pages we aim to give

    you a taste of what to expect in

    Radebeul and the surrounding area.

    You surely began your journey here

    in order to experience a varied

    landscape that you probably want

    to explore by foot or experience

    by bike, car, bus or train. You will be

    surprised by the many possibilities!

    Finding us is easy: At a distance you

    can orientate yourself by the skyline

    of Dresden and immediately next

    to that youll find Radebeul a

    stones throw downstream towards


    Here you will encounter a particularly

    varied, cultivated landscape with all

    the diverse opportunities that the

    surroundings of this town and

    Dresden itself have to offer. When

    choosing your mode of travel you

    already have to make a difficult

    decision do you prefer to fly? Or

    would you rather travel by train?

    Motorways from all directions lead

    to Radebeul. Additionally, during the

    summer months, steamers from the

    Saxon Steamer Fleet dock here on

    their excursions from Dresden to

    Meissen. Another charming

    alternative, which is becoming ever

    more popular is the Elbe cycle track.

    Radebeul should not be confused

    with Radeberg, where the well-

    known beer originated, or with

    Radeburg, the birthplace of Heinrich


    Radebeul is wine, is Karl May, that

    place with a touch of mediterranean

    climate and architecture; Radebeul

    thats the town between the Elbe

    and vineyard terraces, the place

    with wonderful castles, breath-taking

    vantage points, characteristic villas

    and pretty village centres (are you

    already familiar with Koetzschenbroda?)

    Yes, Radebeul a lush, green town,

    rich in art and culture just outside

    the cultural city of Dresden! In short:

    Radebeul is a place to thoroughly


    TIP: Please keep on turning the


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    Vineyard museum Hofloessnitz

    amongst the vines

  • This begins at the railway station

    Radebeul-Ost the oldest long-

    distance line in Germany. Today, the

    InterCityExpress (ICE) also speeds

    through, but the narrow gauge

    railway has steamed through here

    for 120 years a meeting of the eras.

    The congenial and comfortable

    journey with the cosy train shows

    the advantages of slowness a chance

    to take time to look at things, see

    the sights and enjoy the journey with

    a greater intensity. You dont have to

    pay attention to the traffic and can

    even stand on the platforms between

    You are a railway fanatic? Treat yourself to

    a journey with the Loessnitzdackel!

    the carriages, sometimes, you are

    enveloped in a cloud of steam. At

    certain times during the summer,

    an open carriage is attached a

    perfect opportunity to set the scene

    in period costume complete with an

    elaborate hat, dress the children in

    sailor suits and open a beautiful old

    parasol. The train staff complete the

    scene in their period uniforms.

    At the railway station, however, a look

    at the museum a train, with the

    carriages of the former royal Saxon

    State Railway and the historical

    locomotives, is a real must. Loessnitzdackel in the picturesque


  • Then, finally, you board the train! The

    railway rumbles along past the Lan-

    desbhnen theatre towards the

    vineyards and crosses the romantic

    Loessnitzgrund alongside the Loess-

    nitz stream. The rail route is more

    than 16 km long, meanders through

    fields and meadows, touches several

    lake-shores and ends in Radeburg,

    the birthplace of Heinrich Zille. Along

    the way, you can disembark in Mo-

    ritzburg and visit the impressive

    baroque hunting lodge in its

    marvellous settings; the picture

    postcards really dont lie!

    Historical lettering on a museum carriage Excursion with the steam train

    TIP 1: From March until December

    the Traditional Railways Association

    organises special trips with these

    historical trains once or twice monthly.

    These are thematic for example:

    Easter Bunny Express, Walpurgis

    Journey, Fathers Day Rambler,

    Karl-May Trip(with raids),

    Midsummer Nights Journey, and

    Santa Claus Journey.

    TIP 2: Take a bicycle along with you

    on the train to Moritzburg, discover

    why this lake and rolling landscape

    so inspired the Brcke artists and

    then cycle back down into the Elbe


    TIP 3: Visit the experience library at

    the railway station at Radebeul-Ost,

    which was established in the Art

    Nouveau era.

    Karl-May Journey with surprise attacks

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  • Who does not think of Karl May when

    they hear the name Radebeul? This

    is not without good reason, for this

    adventure writer shaped the lives of

    entire generations. Karl May spent

    his last 24 years in Radebeul where

    he wrote his most significant works,

    for example: From Baghdad to

    Stambul, Winnetou and The

    Treasure in the Silver Lake. Winnetou

    and Old Shatterhand were for the

    youth of the 20th century what

    Harry Potter is to the youngsters

    of today. It is amazing how accurately

    he describes the places of his actions

    and the peculiarities of their inhabitants

    although he had never actually been

    there, and in a language which

    differentiates itself completely from

    present colloquial German but is still

    so enjoyable to read.

    Are you a fan of Karl May? Fathom out

    what fascinated our grandfathers!

    The last dwelling place of Karl May

    (Karl-May-Strasse 5) now houses a

    museum which was established in

    1928 by his widow Klara, the

    publisher Eucher A. Schmid and the

    circus performer Patty Frank. The

    latter put together the most significant

    European ethnological collection

    about North American Red Indians,

    the basis of which Karl May had

    already established. It is presented in

    the Villa Bear Fat, a log cabin in the

    garden of the museum. The spectrum

    of the original exhibits spans from a

    childs rattle and moccasins to the

    plume for a chief, a peace pipe and a

    tomahawk and scalp.

    In the Villa Shatterhand, the

    residential building of Karl May, the

    living and working rooms of the

    writer can be seen. The extensive

    and noteworthy library was the pool

    of his knowledge about the country

    and its people. Numerous documents

    and accessories of his literary work

    are presented in the exhibition. The

    Karl-May museum even has valid

    firearms certificates for a silver rifle,

    bear killers and Henry rifles. In these

    rooms, the breadth of Karl Mays

    topics becomes clear ,,geographically

    they not only span North America,

    but also include the Orient, Saxons

    Ore Mountains and other parts of the

    world and even include philosophical

    observations and opinions.

    Library in the home of Karl May

    Karl May

  • Tomb of Karl May

    TIP 1: Visit the tomb of Karl May

    in the cemetery at Radebeul-Ost

    established by Paul Ziller. This is a

    copy of his brother, Ernst Zillers

    design for the Acropolis Nike Temple

    the tomb of his friend Heinrich

    Schliemann in Athens.

    Showroom in the Villa Bear Fat

    TIP 2: Walk through Saxony in the

    footsteps of the famous Naturopath

    Friedrich Eduard Bilz. His tomb is

    immediately next to that of his friend

    Karl May. 100 Years ago, the Neue

    Bilz-Naturheilverfahren was the

    most pubished book, after the Bible,

    in the German language. The

    Bilzbrause-Sinalco also became well-


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  • Youve arrived in the smallest German

    wine growing area it is also the

    most north-easterly. Wine has been

    cultivated here for 800 years. The

    formerly royal winegrowing estate

    Hofloessnitz is the centre of the

    Saxon Wine Route, both in significance

    and geographical position, extending

    from Pirna through Dresden,

    Radebeul and Meissen to the Elbe

    Are you familiar with wine culture?

    Here you can learn all about it.

    wine villages of Diesbar and Seuss-

    litz. Hofloessnitz has a 600 year

    history and today houses a vineyard

    museum with both permanent and

    temorary, exhibitions. The most

    splendid building of the estate is

    the Berg und Lusthaus (mountain

    and pleasure house) built in 1650.

    You should not fail to experience

    the richly decorated Renaissance

    ballroom. As a special feature, it

    contains an ornamental ceiling with

    paintings of Brazilian birds from the

    17th century. Its ambience welco-

    mes you to its frequent chamber

    concerts and readings. The wine of

    Hofloessnitz is organically produced

    and just begs to be tasted in their

    delightful restaurant, which serves

    delicious food to match their