Viking Cruises took us on a Royal Visit to Moritzburg Castle and Saxony!

Moritzburg, the Hunting Lodge of Augustus the Strong of Saxony, King of Poland, and Grand Duke of Lithuania.

A royal visit to Moritzburg in Saxony, Germany! Augustus the Strong, or Augustus II der Starke, in German, loved his hunting lodge! (Stark….hmm, wonder if that relates to the Starks of Winterfell on Game of Thrones…..)
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Augustus the Strong established Dresden, a beautiful city, as the capital of Saxony. Stay tuned for my next post!

Frederick Augustus II was of the House of Wettin, a dynasty of German royalty and nobility, and was incredibly strong. He got his nickname by showing how he could break horseshoes with his bare hands. He was known as the “Saxon Hercules”. In addition to being Elector of Saxony, he was elected King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania. My travel buddy, Suzanne, and I loved strolling around his hunting lodge. I was sad we were not permitted to take photographs in the lodge. I have never seen so many stag “horns” or “racks” in my life, but happily there was also art, and beautiful architecture. The setting itself was majestic.

These are not “real”. I really am not a fan of seeing artifacts from dead animals.

Suzanne of Adventures of Empty Nesters and I at Augustus the Strong’s hunting lodge in Moritzburg.

Augustus the Strong was instrumental in the production of Meissen Porcelain, one of the finest porcelains in the world. He “rescued”, or kidnapped, depending on the version, Johann Friedrich Böttger from Frederick I of Prussia. Bottger ended up in jail as Augustus the Strong tried to force him to tell him how to manufacture gold. Bottger never manufactured gold, but he did discover the temperature at which to bake the clay to achieve the finest porcelain results. Meissen Porcelain is still manufactured in Meissen, Germany, and Viking Cruises took us on a tour of the town, and of the factory. We watched artists creating the clay pieces prior to baking.

The makers mark at Meissen Porcelain has always been the two crossed swords of Saxony.
This life size Meissen figurine is absolutely stunning! It sits in the lobby at Meissen.

Meissen is famous for its tiny clay flowers.
This gentleman showed us how he made the items out of molds. I have to say, though, that he was the grumpiest person Meissen could have put in front of the public!
Showing how the painting of the pieces occurs.

Having a drink at the “Stadtplatz”, the city square of Meissen.

After our lovely visit to Meissen, we went to beautiful Dresden! Stay tuned.

A beautiful Stadtplatz.
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