For more than 850 years, selected grapes have been cultivated in Saxony - for example around the family winery Schloss Proschwitz in Zadel above Meissen and the Wackerbarth Castle Adventure Winery in Radebeul near Dresden.

By train to Wackerbarth Castle: Plan arrival

Striking steep slopes, picturesque terraced vineyards, committed winegrowers: In climatically spoiled Saxony, top wines are pressed in many places, primarily white ones such as Traminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris as well as Müller-Thurgau. The region has a special position due to the combination of architecture and viticulture in the Elbe Valley - magnificent castles and manor houses go hand in hand with wine production here, above all the Schloss Proschwitz winery in Zadel. Saxony's oldest private winery is located on the hills above the Saxon Wine Route. The large baroque castle was inaugurated in 1704 and is now owned by the family of Prince zur Lippe. The castle park and the lovingly restored rooms, such as the Chinese Pavilion or the Italian Garden Rooms, are open to the public. Vines have been grown in the estate's nearby vineyards for 850 years. They are located above the Elbe River and offer visitors a great view of the porcelain city of Meissen.

The Saxon State Winery Schloss Wackerbarth is located south of Zadel in Radebeul. The two-story palace building, built from 1727 onward, stands in a magnificent Baroque garden complete with fountain and summer house, surrounded by Radebeul's vineyards. Attached to it is a modern wine and sparkling wine manufactory. All this offers a sensual treat for the palate and the eyes - visitors can see for themselves on a tour with tasting.

The special tip: Make a note: Every year at the start of Advent, lavish Christmas illuminations transform Wackerbarth Castle into a magical fairytale world.

Good connection by train: The winery is about a 15-minute walk from the Radebeul-Zitzschewig train station, which is a 30-minute S-Bahn ride from Dresden's main train station.
By the way, you can find tips on how to travel comfortably and inexpensively on long-distance and local trains with Deutsche Bahn here.

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