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The “Blue Wonder”

The proper name for this bridge is actually “Loschwitzer Brücke”. It is known as a “wonder” because at the time it was built, in 1893, its steel construction with only two supports was considered miraculous.

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Loschwitz hillsides

Enjoy the view of the Elbe, with the district of Loschwitz rising up from the river. The people of Dresden love to come here for walks, to relax or to ride the Elbe cycle path.

SchillerGarten

Restaurant & beer garden

The SchillerGarten is a long-established restaurant with a large beer garden in a unique location right by the Elbe. We serve honest, hearty food, plus our own home-made ice cream and pastries, and run our own butcher’s shop.

All kinds of people gather at the restaurant: friends in the beer garden, businesspeople and celebrating families in our function rooms, parents and children at our playground, and the young at heart who meet here for a chat over coffee. 

The magical view of the Elbe, the Blue Wonder – one of Dresden’s historic bridges – and the heights of Loschwitz on the other riverbank make the SchillerGarten one of the most beautifully located restaurants and beer gardens in Dresden.

We three restaurateurs – the owner Frank Baumgürtel, Thomas Jacob and Steffen Brasche – have been running this traditional eating place since 2004. We live by our passion for superb, honest and hearty German food made from fresh regional products. This is one of the few restaurants in Dresden where guests come across a restaurateur in person at the front of the house. 

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History

The SchillerGarten is a tradition-steeped restaurant, one of the oldest surviving eating establishments in Dresden. Find out more about the most important milestones in our restaurant’s distinguished history.

 

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Surroundings

When an eating place has such a long tradition and so many stories to tell, it inevitably attracts both locals and tourists. And when, like the SchillerGarten, it is also set in a part of town that is worth exploring, looking out on a lovely landscape, people are even more likely to linger there all the longer.

 

Blasewitz and the "Blue Wonder"

Blasewitz, a suburb dominated by exclusive villas and mansions, and Loschwitz, on the other bank of the Elbe, are a must-see for tourists.  In a romantic riverside setting, the two districts are linked by the “Blue Wonder”, a marvel of 19th-century engineering. The imposing steel bridge with a span of 280 metres is so named due to its eye-catching bright blue paint. The toll for crossing (two pfennigs per pedestrian, cyclist, chicken or goose; ten for draft animals) was abolished in 1921; today, modern weighing systems instead monitor the bridge, to preserve it for as long as possible. Numerous rowing clubs and boathouses occupy the Blasewitz riverbank; the section of the Elbe upstream of the Blue Wonder is used for regattas and water sports events. Peace, quiet and relaxation are found not just on the cycle path or the grassy fields along the river, but also in the Waldpark, not far away in Blasewitz.

 

360° view from the Blue Wonder

Loschwitz and its hillside railways

Loschwitz, on the other side of the Elbe, is an idyllic spot with little lanes and pubs, set against the backdrop of the hillside and vineyards. It was the summer residence of big names such as Augustus the Strong’s brilliant court goldsmith Johann Melchior Dinglinger, or the artists Ludwig Richter or Karl and Gerhard von Kügelgen. Every year at the end of June, the famous Dresdner Elbhangfest is held along the Elbe from Loschwitz to Pillnitz: a festival with a unique atmosphere. The base stations of two monuments to engineering history – the funicular railway and the suspension railway (image: Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG) – are found close together in Loschwitz. The Standseilbahn funicular, built in 1895, is one of the oldest hillside railways in Europe. It takes passengers almost 100 metres higher on its 545-metre journey to Weißer Hirsch, where they can enjoy a wonderful view of the city. The Schwebebahn was built at the turn of the 20th century, making it Europe’s first hillside suspension railway. On its 280-metre trip to Oberloschwitz, it overcomes a height difference of 84 metres.

 

 

Potz Blitz – our restaurant magazine

Potz Blitz has been our restaurant magazine since 2005, featuring articles on regional and cultural history along with culinary topics.

 

Regional history

On 20 pages and coming out once a quarter, over the years, Potz Blitz has become a popular district magazine with a wide readership. 

Potz Blitz always appears on the 10th of February, May, August and October, and the printed magazine is available free of charge in the SchillerGarten. You can also browse through every issue since 2005 on the special Potz Blitz website: www.potz-blitz-blasewitz.de 

Where did Potz Blitz get its name?

That is a very simple story. From 1783 to 1785, the poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller lived in Loschwitz with his friend and patron Christian Gottfried Körner. He often crossed the river to spend time at the restaurant now known as the SchillerGarten. Its proprietor, Johanna Dorothea Segedin, had a pretty daughter: Johanne Justine, known as “Gustel”. Legend says that Schiller had a liaison with her. Later, he immortalised her in his play “Wallenstein's Camp”, inserting the lines: “Zounds, how now? Gustel of Blasewitz here, I vow!” In German, “zounds” is “Potz Blitz”, literally meaning the speaker is thunderstruck. The perfect name for our magazine.

 

Jobs

Interested in working in the food business and adding to our team? We are looking for new, permanent staff to join our young, dedicated team right now!

Cooks, restaurant specialists, butchers, dish washers

Trainee cooks, trainee restaurant specialists 

Please email your application to info@schillergarten.de or post it to: SchillerGarten Dresden GmbH, Schillerplatz 9, 01309 Dresden

We look forward to receiving your application!

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