Mountain and pleasure house Hoflößnitz
January 23, 2022
The Berg- und Lusthaus Hoflößnitz in Radebeul-Oberlößnitz is the main building of the former electoral or royal Saxon winery, which is now the municipal winery Hoflößnitz. The winery is located on the former Wettin estate in the Lößnitz countryside and was the center of courtly Saxon vineyard ownership for almost 500 years. The Weinbergsschlösschen, also romantically called Schloss Hoflößnitz since historicism, was the manor house of the Saxon ruler when he stayed on the courtly Hoflößnitz winery, built between 1648 and 1650 as the first important building right after the Thirty Years' War. Elector Johann Georg I kept it simple on the outside, while a whole different splendor hides inside: “Tropical peacocks, screeching red cockatoos, Brazilian parrots decorate the ceiling of the ballroom, there are eighty panel paintings in all, colorful and lifelike – right down to the last one tip of tail". The Berg- und Lusthaus is today the main building of the Saxon Wine Museum in Hoflößnitz. The history of Saxon viticulture is presented on the ground floor, while the upper floor with the ballroom and the two living rooms and bedrooms of the elector and electress is considered "one of the most remarkable examples of 17th-century decoration". The Hoflößnitz with mountain and pleasure house, press house, cavalier house and wine press is a "monument preservation entity" (ensemble protection) under monument protection. The entire open and green area, including the surrounding vineyard landscape with the Goldener Wagen vineyard, is considered a work of "landscape and garden design" within the historic vineyard landscape of Radebeul, a conservation area. The Hoflößnitz also includes the winegrower's house below and to the right of the staircase or the gate with an attached bakery, as well as the former wood yard to the left of the property, also with a winegrower's house.