On the birthday of Grand Mogul Aureng-Zeb, ruler of the legendary and wealthy India, the princes of his empire brought him splendid gifts. Dresden artist Johan Melchior Dinglinger, who worked between 1701 and 1708, depicted the scene for his European patrons, and the result is one of the most popular pieces in the Neue Grünen Gewölbe (New Green Vault) at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. This masterpiece of European jewellery comprises 4,909 diamonds, 160 rubies, 164 emeralds, a sapphire, 16 pearls and 2 cameos. In addition to this monumental piece, the collection presents over 1,000 priceless exhibits dating from three centuries of history, presented to perfection in glare-free high-tech cases. Highlights include a cherry stone with 185 facets, a masterpiece of micro-carving, and a hat clasp with the only green diamond found in nature, one of the most valuable and rarest gemstones in the world.
Wine-tasting at Vinothek Par Terre
The Par Terre wine cellar presents a comprehensive range of 250 of the finest wines from the Palatinate, in a setting hallmarked by modern, unique design. The interiors were in fact created by fashion designer Michael Michalsky, and the result is an exclusive ambience that enhances the wine-tasting experience featuring high-quality labels, bookable on request.
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Cable car sunrise It’s still dark when the fully glazed cable car cabin glides upwards, over the Austrian slopes of Germany's highest peak. From the mountain station, the nearest mountain ranges can be seen only in dark profile. Slowly the sky turns orange and the sun colours the rock faces with golden morning light, while the early-rising visitors enjoy a sumptuous breakfast buffet in the panoramic restaurant. If you prefer to sleep for longer, choose the fondue evening with traditional live music at sunset.
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In the luxurious Bollants Spa, various saunas, steam baths, pools and relaxation rooms invite you to a relaxing day of wellness in the midst of nature. Highlights include the signature Carpe Vino grape-seed extract herbal massage in the private spa suite, a rejuvenating steam bath, and the Hubertus sauna at the edge of the forest. With a bit of luck, you may see some wild animals through the panoramic windows.
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