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Enjoy our Schloss Eckberg VIP-Shuttle with the new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Experience driving fun and sustainability. The new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is the first e-pioneering plug-in hybrid with external recharging the power supply, in the sporty sedan segment.

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Dresden can look back on 800 years of history and is well-known for its rich cultural and historical heritage. Whether you wish to visit the Semperoper or one of the other theatres in Dresden, our staff are available to help you at any time and to make your stay at Schloss Eckberg an unforgettable all-round experience.

City Sightseeing – Experience the unique Elbflorenz on board of the beige-red double-decker buses with multilingual audio-guide. With unlimited hop-on/hop-off access or just remain seated.

Or you can made a romantic tour on a ship from the ‘Weiße Flotte’ for you – the ‘Weiße Flotte’ is the oldest fleet of paddle steamers in the world. Further up the river Elbe you will reach the wild and romantic landscape of Saxon Switzerland. Or you can visit the magnificent Pillnitz castle. The “Berg- und Wasserpalais” houses the museum of applied arts, which is part of Dresden’s national art collection. Further down the river Elbe you will pass Radebeul and the Karl-May-Museum, which takes you on to the Jagdschloss Moritzburg, the castle which was built on a man-made lake island. In Meißen, the porcelain manufacture, which was opened in 1710, is well worth a visit.

If you wish, we can organise a comfortable limousine with driver for a pleasant trip to the sights.




In this part of the world, Schloss Eckberg is seen as an excellent example of the Gothic Revival.
Anyone who has ever been here will understand why the castle, which resides magnificently over the river Elbe, with its wonderful view, is sometimes described as the ‘fairy-tale castle’.

The location above the river, which is both prominent while at the same time being romantically hidden, the spacious English-style parkland and gardens with their ancient trees, the castle itself with its towers, hidden places, alcoves and corners: all of this appears as if it were in a fairy tale, meaning your stay is one that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Our gardeners are already out and about early in the morning, maintaining and keeping the extensive park in all its splendour and beauty. All so that you, our guest, can find the peace and quiet you are looking for in our castle park.




In the search for a prominent resting place, the merchant Johann Daniel Souchay, who came from Manchester, bought in 1858 the “Eckberg” vineyard in the small town of Loschwitz near Dresden, as well as two neighboring smaller vineyards. He commissioned Prof. Christian Friedrich Arnold, a student of Gottfried Semper, to build an English mansion in neo-gothic style. To lay out the garden and the extensive park landscape, Souchay entrusted the garden architect Hermann Sigismund Neumann, a student of the Berlin garden director Eduard Neide. In 1861 the castle, the park and the adjoining buildings were completed, and Souchay could enjoy his fairy-tale estate until his death in 1871.

In 1883 his heirs sold the property to the entrepreneur Artur Bruno Wunderlich, “Imperial Persian, Royal Swedish and Norwegian General Consul for Saxony”. After Wunderlich’s death in 1909 his widow Anna Wunderlich rented the castle. One of the prominent inhabitants was the Austrian confectionery manufacturer Joseph Weiser. He was newly married and moved with his young wife, the actress Grete Weiser, to the Eckberg.

In 1925 the time of renting of the castle was over and with the new owner Ottomar Heinsius von Mayenburg the castle experienced a new approach. As the inventor of the aluminum tube and the toothpaste “Chlorodont”, von Mayenburg had the necessary means to fulfill a dream with Schloss Eckberg. Von Mayenburg had studied botany, he was particularly interested in the park and he redesigned it fundamentally in the following years. The elaborate park with rock garden, rose wall and flower meadow was created and entertained by 18 gardeners under the direction of Mayenburg’s chief gardener Emil Metzner.

After the Second World War, the Mayenburg family left the Eckberg in 1947 and was expropriated in 1952. Until 1968 the castle was used as a faculty for working and peasant of the GDR and as a student residence. In 1969 a branch of the research center of the VEB Robotron Dresden moved into the buildings and used it for the development of memory chips.

With the departure of the institute in 1980, a new use was made of the castle, which was neglect. The GDR re-discovered its historical heritage and began a new handling with it. The insanitary castle was rebuilding into a hotel and operated from 1985 to 1990 as “Jugendtourist Hotel Schloss Eckberg”.

As a result of the German reunification and the subsequent retransfer, the Munich-based company group ARGENTA has been the owner of Schloss Eckberg since 1995. In 1996-1997, the castle, the adjoining buildings and the garden were extensively renovated, and since then it has been run as a hotel and restaurant.




Anyone stepping into the park around Schloss Eckberg feels reminded of stories from their childhood. High above the Elbe, between the historic city of Dresden and the ‘Weißer Hirsch’ district, surrounded by ancient trees, this traditional castle is steeped in history.



The experienced hoteliers and husband-and-wife team Thomas and Odett Gaier are eager to make your stay as comfortable as possible, pampering you in style and catering for you royally.

Video ‘A chat with your hosts at Schloss Eckberg’