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  • 1 Zwinger Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sophienstraße D - 01067 Dresden

    Augustus the Strong's initial idea was to build an orangery on the site of an old fortress. His architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann embellished the original project to create this vast esplanade surrounded by galleries and pavilions. This Baroque ge..

  • 2 Grunes Gewolbe Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Taschenberg 2 D - 01067 Dresden

    The jewellery and gold work collected by Augustus II are now once again on display in the historical green vault of Dresden Palace, which takes its name from the emerald green colour of its main room. The 3,000 items are exhibited in nine magnificent..

  • 3 Zwinger Palace: Old Masters Picture Gallery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Semperbau - aile ouest D - 01067 Dresden

    The Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister houses paintings collected by Augustus the Strong and his successor Augustus III. Exhibits include masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as works by Flemish and Dutch masters of the 17C, ..

  • 4 Swiss Saxony Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D - 01067 Dresden

    Lying between Dresden and the Czech frontier on the upper reaches of the Elbe, the region known as Sachsische Schweiz (Swiss Saxony) is one of Germany's most spectacular natural wonders with sheer sandstone cliffs and deep gorges gouged out of the ro..

  • 5 Dresden Military History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Olbrichtplatz 2 2 D - Dresden

    This 19C building, which is intersected by an immense metal pyramid, houses the largest military museum in Germany. Renovated by star architect Daniel Libeskind, whose other work includes the Jewish Museum in Berlin, it reopened its doors in autumn 2..

  • 6 Porzellansammlung Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Sophienstr. D - 01067 Dresden

    This museum exhibits porcelain from Japan and China acquired by Augustus the Strong alongside porcelain from the unique Meissen works; the famous "dragon vases" are particularly impressive. Note the life-size porcelain figures from Meissen ..

  • 7 Zwinger Palace : Armoury Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Sophienstr. D - 01067 Dresden

    You don't have to be a fan of weapons to be fascinated by the extraordinary pieces exhibited in the Rustkammer (arms museum). These beautiful examples of craftsmanship were collected by the Wettin dynasty of princes. The collection comprises 1,300 pi..

  • 8 Zwinger Palace : Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Sophienstr. D - 01067 Dresden

    This room introduces visitors to the inventive genius of scientists through a display of clocks and other instruments dating from the 16C to the 19C. Admire the collection of sundials, hourglasses and different types of clocks, including floor clocks..

  • 9 Opera Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Theaterplatz 2 D - 01067 Dresden

    The opera house built by Gottfried Semper burnt down in 1869. The current one was built between 1871 and 1878 by Manfred Semper using the plans designed by his father, the builder of the first opera house. This building uses the forms of the Italian ..

  • 10 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Schlossplatz D - 01067 Dresden

    This huge building with the plan of a basilisk (1738-1755) was built following the conversion of the Albertins to Roman Catholicism. This conversion allowed them to accede to the Polish throne. Strongly inspired by the Italian Baroque, the church is ..

  • 11 Brühl's Terrace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Brühlsche Terrasse D - 01067 Dresden

    The panoramic Brühlsche Terrasse is joined to the cathedral by a monumental stairway: interesting view over the Elbe and the monumental buildings of the Neustadt district, on the opposite bank, including the imposing neo-Classical façade of the Saxon..

  • 12 Stadtmuseum Dresden Interesting

    Museums and art

    Wildsdruffer Str. 2 D - 01067 Dresden

    Built between 1770 and 1775 to house offices of the State of Saxony, this Baroque palace is now home to a museum dedicated to the history of Dresden from its foundation in the 13C, with particular focus on the 19C and 20C.

  • 13 Holy Cross Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Kreuzstr. D - 01067 Dresden

    This church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, dates from the start of the 13C. This is the oldest church in the city. It was rebuilt in Baroque style after its destruction during the Seven Years War (1760). It is home to the famous Holy Cross male voice ..

  • 14 Japanese Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grosse-Meissner Str. D - 01067 Dresden

    The Japanisches Palais is a vast quadrilateral palace built from 1715 to 1737 by Pöppelmann to house the Meissen porcelain tableware of Augustus the Strong. It is now home to the Ethnological Museum. Note the oriental style roofs of the corner pavili..

  • 15 Museum of Saxon Arts and Crafts Interesting

    Museums and art

    Köpckestr. 1 D - 01067 Dresden

    All the skill and taste of the Saxons in terms of craft work are found in the many pieces exhibited in the oldest Renaissance building in the city, erected in 1568: furniture made from multi-coloured wood, ironware, crockery, etc. Saxon and Swabian r..

  • 16 Pillnitz Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pillnitz D - 01326 Dresden

    This residential chateau was built between 1720 and 1724 by M. D. Pöppelmann, the architect of the prince-electors. A new palace built between 1818 and 1816 after the fire of the old Renaissance chateau adjoins the Wasserpalais and the Bergpalais, th..

  • 17 Türckische Cammer

    Museums and art

    Sophienstr. D - 01067 Dresden

    Inaugurated in 2010 as part of the reconstruction of the castle after being in storage for 70 years, the "Turkish Chamber" illustrates the court of Saxony's interest in Eastern arts and culture. The sumptuous objects displayed against a blu..

  • 18 Dresden Molkerei Gebrüder Pfund

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Bautzner Str. 79 D - 01067 Dresden

    The shop in this dairy is entirely covered with handpainted faïence work dating from 1892. Dairy products and cheeses made here can be tasted standing around the tables.

  • 19 Frauenkirche

    Religious buildings

    Sophienstr. 1 D - 01067 Dresden

    Building of the imposing Church of Our Lady began in 1726. It has become the city's emblem and is considered the building most representative of Protestant architecture. Its dome was destroyed by the bombings of February 1945, after which only 10% of..

  • 20 Dresden Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Schlosplatz D - 01067 Dresden

    Almost entirely destroyed at the end of the Second World War, this Renaissance-style palace is still undergoing restoration. It houses the famous green vault, the treasure chamber of the dukes of Saxony, a collection of engravings and a collection of..

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