The terrace was originally part of ramparts built to protect the city. Between 1739 and 1748 count Henrich von Brühl, a powerful minister under King Augustus the Strong, transformed the ramparts into a terraced garden for his palace. Goethe gave it the name 'Balcony of Europe'. In 1814, after a monumental staircase was built connecting the Schlossplatz with the terrace, the gardens were opened to the public. The staircase is flanked by four bronze sculptures, each symbolizing one season. When walking up the stairs you can see a number of beautiful buildings on your right hand side.