Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Dresden

Zwinger

A collaboration between the architect Matthäus Pöppelmann and the sculptor Balthasar Permoser, the Zwinger was built between 1710 and 1728 on the orders of Augustus the Strong, who having returned from seeing Louis …
Top Choice Museum in Dresden

Militärhistorisches Museum Dresden

Even devout pacifists will be awed by this engaging museum that reopened in 2011 in a 19th-century arsenal bisected by a bold glass-and-steel wedge designed by Daniel Libeskind. Exhibits have been updated for the 21…
Top Choice Museum in Dresden

Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

This astounding collection of European art from the 16th to 18th centuries boasts an incredible number of masterpieces, including Rafael's famous Sistine Madonna, which dominates the enormous main hall on the ground…
Top Choice Museum in Dresden

Albertinum

After massive renovations following severe 2002 flood damage, the Renaissance-era former arsenal became the stunning home of the Galerie Neue Meister (New Masters Gallery), which displays an arc of paintings by some…
Top Choice Museum in Dresden

Historisches Grünes Gewölbe

The Historic Green Vault displays some 3000 precious items in the same fashion as during the time of August der Starke, namely on shelves and tables without glass protection in a series of increasingly lavish rooms.…
Palace in Dresden

Residenzschloss

Dresden's extraordinary Renaissance city palace was home to its Saxon rulers from 1485 to 1918 and now shelters multiple precious collections, including the unmissable Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault), a real-life Aladd…
Church in Dresden

Frauenkirche

The domed Frauenkirche – Dresden’s most beloved symbol – has literally risen from the city's ashes. The original graced its skyline for two centuries before collapsing after the February 1945 bombing, and was rebuil…
Historic Building in Dresden

Semperoper

One of Germany's most famous opera houses, the Semperoper opened in 1841 and has hosted premieres of famous works by Richard Strauss, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner. Guided 45-minute tours operate almost da…
Gardens in Dresden

Grosser Garten

The aptly named Grosser Garten (Great Garden) is a relaxing refuge during the warmer months. A visitor magnet here is the modernised Zoo Dresden in the southwest corner, where crowds gravitate towards the Africa Hal…
Museum in Dresden

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Not an institution dedicated to the history of cleaning products, the German Hygiene Museum is, in fact, all about human beings. The permanent exhibit uses intriguing objects, interpretive panelling, installations a…