Dresden Attractions

  • Zwinger
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    Zwinger is a magnificent palace complex with beautifully sculpted pavilions connected by long galleries. In the 18th century it was used for court festivities. Today it is home to several museums. Read more...
  • Royal Palace
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    The Residenzschloss, the Royal Palace of Dresden, is a large complex in the historic center consisting of several buildings in different styles. Inside are museums and treasure chambers. Read more...
  • Frauenkirche
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    The Frauenkirche is a symbol of the recent reconstruction of many of Dresden's beautiful landmarks after bombardments and subsequent fires destroyed all the city's landmarks. Read more...
  • Golden Rider
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    The Goldener Reiter is a rather spectacular gilded equestrian statue of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. The statue was commissioned by his son who inaugurated it in 1734. Read more...
  • Hofkirche
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    The catholic hofkirche (Church of the Court) was built by Saxon ruler Augustus III as a counterweight for the protestant Frauenkirche. The cathedral was built between 1738 and 1751 in baroque style. Read more...
  • Semper Opera House
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    The Semper Opera House was built 1871 and 1878 after a design by Gottfried Semper. Its large central portal is crowned with a dramatic sculpture group of a panther-drawn quadriga. Read more...
  • Brühl Terrace
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    The Brühl terrace is a promenade lined with great architectural landmarks. From the terrace, which is decorated with statues and fountains, you have a panoramic view over the Elbe river. Read more...
  • Procession of Princes
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    The Fürstenzug - the Procession of Princes or Procession of Dukes - is a 120m/334ft long mural decorated with ceramic tiles depicting a procession of rulers of the House of Wettin since 1127. Read more...
  • Theaterplatz
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    Theaterplatz is a large square near the historic center of Dresden. It is surrounded by a number of magnificent landmarks, including the Semper Opera House, Zwinger Palace, and Hofkirche. Read more...
  • Old Masters Picture Gallery
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    The Old Masters Gallery has an excellent collection of 15th to 18th century paintings. Its most famous artwork is the Sistine Madonna by Raphael, best known for its two little cherubs. Read more...
  • Großer Garten
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    Großer Garten in a large park just southwest of the city center. The park was originally created in 1676 as a royal hunting ground, but it opened to the public in 1814. Read more...
  • New Town Hall
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    Dresden's town hall was built between 1905 and 1910 on a large site near the historic altmarkt square. The building's 98m high tower has a public viewing platform with great views over the city. Read more...
  • Elbe Valley
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    The Elbe Valley was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 thanks to its diverse architecture (including some beautiful palaces), cultural landscape, and outstanding land use. Read more...
  • Kreuzkirche
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    The first church at the site of the Kreuzkirche was built in 1215. The current, neoclassicist church was built at the end of the 18th century. The tower of the Kreuzkirche is 92m high and accessible to the public. Read more...
  • Neustadt
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    Originally a separate city founded in the early 15th century, Neustadt is now a district of Dresden with a unique character thanks to its cohesive 18th century architecture and wide tree-lined streets. Read more...
  • Yenidze
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    This oriental style building is the odd one out in Dresden's skyline. The glass domed building is a former tobacco factory, built in 1908 - 1909. Today it houses offices and shops. Read more...
  • Blue Wonder
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    When this bridge - officially known as the Loschwitz- Blasewitz- Brücke - was completed in 1893 it was considered a breathtaking technological wonder, hence its name. Read more...
  • Johanneum
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    The Johanneum was originally built in the late 16th century as the royal mews. It was later converted into a museum and is currently home to a transport museum, the Verkehrsmuseum. Read more...
  • Military History Museum
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    Dresden's History Museum has a magnificent collection of ceremonial armors and weaponry, often created by master craftsmen and decorated with silver, gold and gems. Read more...
  • New Synagogue
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    This modern synagogue was built in 2001 at the site of Dresden's 19th century Main Synagogue, which was destroyed in 1938 during the notorious Kristallnacht. Read more...
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