Residenzschloss information

Dresden , Germany
Street Schlossplatz
+49 351 4914 2000
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adult/concession €10/7.50
Opening hours
10am-6pm Wed-Mon
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Dresden's fortress-like Renaissance city palace was home to the Saxon rulers from 1485 to 1918 and now shelters four precious collections, including the unmissable Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault), a real-life 'Aladdin’s Cave' spilling over with precious objects wrought from gold, ivory, silver, diamonds and jewels. There’s so much of it, two separate ‘treasure chambers’ – the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe and the Neues Grünes Gewölbe – are needed to display everything.

Another important collection is the Kupferstich-Kabinett , which counts around half a million prints and drawings by 20,000 artists (including Dürer, Rembrandt and Michelangelo) in its possession. Numismatists might want to drop by the Münzkabinett (Coin Cabinet) in the palace tower for a small array of historic coins and medals.

In 2013, the historic weapons and armour of the Rüstkammer (armoury) normally displayed in the Zwinger will also move into the Residenzschloss. Here, they will join the exotic Türckische Cammer (Turkish Chamber), one of the richest collections of Ottoman art outside Turkey. A huge three-mast tent made of gold and silk is one standout among many.

Tickets to the Residenzschloss are good for all these collections except for the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe.