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Originally established outside the old walls of the city, the park was surrounded by urban areas by the second half of the 19th century. Dresden Zoo and Dresden Botanical Garden were added late in the 19th century. A miniature railway, known as the Parkeisenbahn, operates in the park from April to October. Volkswagen's Transparent Factory is the newest building in the park, completed in 2002. It is on Straßburger Platz, in the northwest corner of the park.
Traditional cafés, leisure facilities and concerts in the palace and on open-air stages make the Great Garden a natural and cultural oasis in the middle of the city and thus unique in Dresden. The extensive gardens can be explored quite comfortably with the park railroad. The small train travels through the southern area of the Great Garden on a 5.6-kilometer route. Stopping at five stations, a round trip takes 35 minutes. The ride season begins shortly before Easter on Palm Sunday and runs until the end of the Saxon fall vacations.