The Great Garden
The lovely Great Garden (Großer Garten) was laid out in the French Baroque style from 1676 onwards and covers some two square kilometers. Open to the public since 1814, highlights include the Sommerpalais, built between 1678-83 and the earliest and most imposing of the Baroque palaces in the Electorate of Saxony, as well as the Dresden Zoo and the Dresden Botanical Garden. A fun miniature railway, the six-kilometer-long Parkeisenbahn was established in 1950 and is notable for being staffed largely by children (it's also a good way to get from one attraction to another). Another large public park is Dresden Heath, a popular, densely-treed recreation area traversed by numerous small streams and footpaths. Of interest to car enthusiasts is Volkswagen's Transparent Factory, an assembly plant that offers tours of the manufacturing and assembly processes.