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 Palace in Dresden

Residenzschloss

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

Nikolaikirche

This church has Romanesque and Gothic roots but since 1797 has sported a striking neoclassical interior with palm-like pillars and cream-coloured pews. While the design is certainly gorgeous, the church is most famo…
Top Choice Museum in Dresden

Militärhistorisches Museum Dresden

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

Terra Mineralia

Occupying a greater part of the 16th-century Freundenstein castle, this astounding collection of minerals makes human-made art seem insignificant compared to the genius of nature. The experience is akin to snorkelli…
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 Raphael's famous Sistine Madonna (1513), which dominates the enormous main hall on th…
Top Choice Museum in Dresden

Albertinum

The Renaissance-era former arsenal is the stunning home of the Galerie Neue Meister (New Masters Gallery), which displays an arc of paintings by some of the great names in art from the 18th century onwards. Caspar D…
Top Choice Museum in Meissen

Erlebniswelt Haus Meissen

Next to the historic porcelain factory south of the Altstadt, this museum is the place to witness the astonishing artistry and craftsmanship that makes Meissen porcelain unique. Visits start with a 30-minute group t…
Top Choice Museum in Leipzig

Museen im Grassi

The university-run Museen im Grassi harbours three fantastic collections that are often overlooked, despite being a five-minute walk from Augustusplatz. At the stellar Musikinstrumenten-Museum you can discover music…
Top Choice Museum in Chemnitz

SMAC

Occupying a converted department store, this state-of-the-art museum is a brave attempt to celebrate all those crocks, bones and pieces of primitive jewellery found in the archaeology sections of history museums, wh…