Villa Teresa

Villa Teresa is located not far from the Elbe, on a hill halfway between Coswig’s modern town centre and the incorporated fishing village of Kötitz. Built as a grand mansion in the Neo-Renaissance style in 1873, Villa Teresa and its gardens were home to the world-famous pianist Eugen d'Albert and his wife, the Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreño. The couple lived in the villa from 1891 to 1895 and spent an important stage in their life and work here.

Nach der grundhaften Sanierung zeigt sich die Villa Teresa seit 2002 wieder im Stil eines groß­bürgerlichen Land­hauses des 19. Jahr­hunderts. Äußerlich wurde die klassische Fassaden­gestaltung anhand historischer Fotos wieder her­gestellt, das Innere behutsam modernisiert und an die Bedürfnisse einer zeitgemäßen, öffentlichen Nutzung angepaßt. An Stelle des Großen Salons und des ehemaligen Esszimmers ist heute der Kammer­musik­saal (100 Plätze) zentraler Raum des Hauses.

As a centre for chamber music, a 19th-century cultural monument and a vibrant memorial site and place of research, today the park and villa are among Coswig's most important sights. The rooms on the main floor or piano nobile are on show as they appeared historically, with furniture, paintings and valuable memorabilia. Upstairs, the Coswig Eugen d'Albert and Teresa Carreño Society has set up a museum room in memory of the two important artists.

A ceremonial outdoor staircase on the east side and a spacious park terrace on the west side lead to the landscaped park with a pond and an arched bridge, an original Japanese teahouse and the composer’s pavilion.

Exclusive chamber concerts and intimate theatre evenings with well-known musicians set the tone for the programme of events at Villa Teresa, organised by the cultural association Kulturbetriebsgesellschaft Meissner Land.

The annexe, Casa Bohemica, provides information about Saxony and Bohemia as tourist destinations.