Dresden is filled with things to see and do, including a great selection of museums and art galleries.
Take for example the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, a hugely important complex comprised of twelve different museums. These include the Grünes Gewölbe and the Rüstkammer. Other notable museums in the city include the Dresden City Museum, the State Museum of Pre-History and the State Collection of Natural History.
The Dresden Castle, which once housed royalty, is one of the most striking buildings in the city. Across from it you’ll see the Awinger Palace, where some of Dresden’s major festivals are held. Another important landmark in Dresden is the Frauenkirche, the restoration of which was completed in 2005.
The old town area of Dresden houses many of these top attractions and is quite compact, making it quite easy to get to them on foot.
Neumarkt, Dresden, Germany
Dresden’s Frauenkirche or Church of Our Lady was originally built between 1726 and 1743 by George Bähr and at the time contained an impressive 305-foot tall dome. However, during the Allied bombing of Dresden in 1945 the church was destroyed. For many years the ruins stood as a reminder of the war, with restoration finally completed in 2005. Admission to the church, with its once more towering dome, is free of charge.
Open daily 10am-4pm.
Schlossplatz, Dresden, Germany
The Residenzschloss was the palace of the Saxon Royalty. Constructed between the 12th and 19th centuries, it was destroyed by Allied bombers in 1945. Reconstructions are ongoing, and today various sections of the place are open to visitors. Here you’ll find the Hausmann Tower, which offers stunning views over Dresden.
Open April-October Wed-Mon 9am-6pm, closed Tues, closed November-March.
2 Taschenberg, Dresden, Germany
Part of the Residenzschloss, the Grünes Gewölbe or Green Vaults are home to an impressive collection of jewels, gems, mirrors and priceless objects d’art dating from between the 16th and 18th centuries.
Open Fri-Wed 10am-6pm, closed Thurs, closed Nov-Mar.
Theaterplatz 1, Dresden, Germany
Within the Zwinger you’ll find 11 of the top museums and monuments in Dresden. This baroque complex, which was constructed in 1719, was destroyed in 1945; however, since then extensive renovations have taken place. Some of the most notable attractions inside the Zwinger include the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, which is home to the Raphael masterpiece ‘Sistine Madonna’, and the Rüstkammer, an armoury displaying a large selection of weaponry and armour. The various museums here all have separate entrance fees but a combined day ticket covering them all is available.
Open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm.