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Chapter 16: The cultural landscape of Moritzburg: Between traditions and new challenges

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Saxony, one of the German federal states, is rich in natural beauty and attractive landscapes. One of them surrounds the splendid baroque, hunting castle of Moritzburg, with its forests where Saxon dukes and kings once hunted; with fishponds full of carp and waterfowl; a distinctive and fascinating landscape of low hills, colonised by many species of plants and animals. In addition to all this, it is embellished with the architectural and cultural heritage of a landscape whose development lasted for many centuries. This chapter describes the historical development and the natural and man-made qualities and functions of this unique landscape. It explains the modifications to which this landscape has been subjected; in common with most other European landscapes. The chapter also focuses on recreational use, fishery and forestry, horse-breeding, the narrow gauge railway, new landscaping activities and nature conservation, as well as the scientific research carried out on the area.

Keywords: cultural heritage; cultural landscape; Europe; forestry; Moritzburg; nature conservation; Saxony



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