10 Top Tourist Attractions in Dresden

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Hofkirche

The House Church in Dresden was built as a private chapel for the House of Wettin in the 1750…s. The church is situated on a Green at the very heart of the city.

It is a beautiful L-shaped brick building with a high gable-roof. The dome is supported by four columns. Three of these columns are made of the porphyry from Mt. Mountain and one of the granite from Bohemia.

The pulpit is covered in stucco in the shape of a scallop shell. The organ case was a gift of Christian Ambt.

Funded by the Wettin family in gratitude for the relief of some of the Wettins’ estates at the beginning of the Thirty Years War.

Its origins are closely linked to the Goethe –The Sorrows of Young Werther” novel.

Grosser Garten

The Grosser Garten (Great Garden), which is open every day of the year, is a large park which is home to several famous attractions.

There is an Amusement Park here, as well as a beautiful park that is full of flowers in the spring and summer.

The Rosenhügel is a hill in the east of the city, and is home to a Felsenwand (stone wall), as well as a flower clock that resides in a kloster (a type of monastery) that sits on the hill. It is very impressive to see and even more impressive to hear!

There is a rollercoaster with a wonderful view of the city, and something called the Kurparkbahn (Cabaret Railway), which is an old railway that has been converted into an amusement park full of rides that people can enjoy.

People love to stroll through the park in the spring and summer when it is full of flowers and other primeval plants.

The park has large lawns and some wooded areas for people to enjoy nature. Many people enjoy the garden because they can see or relax on the large park benches that are there.

Kunsthofpassage

Pillnitz Castle

The Pillnitz Castle stands in the middle of a lake and is a popular place for couples to get married. There are gorgeous views of the castle from the nearby Pilsen Gate.

Apart from the pomp and spectacle of the castle, you will also find an impressive collection of art at the museum that belongs to the castle. A highlight here is the state picture gallery which is home to a fascinating collection of art, fine furniture and historical curios.

Bruehl's Terrace

Green Vault

The Green Vault of Dresden or the Green Vault of Dresden Zwinger is a great place of interest in the city of Dresden. The Green Vault of Dresden Zwinger is the oldest and most important museum of Dresden.

The Green Vault of Dresden was built as the treasury of the Saxon electors (Koenigtum Sachsen). For the first time in 1657 a vault was constructed in the monastery of Saint Peter and Paul for the "Sack" and the new building for the Palatinate, which was then situated in the Lindenau district.

The Green Vault was conceived to be a town hall for a Gausbetrieb. Therefore, the library, the Law Faculty and the Museum of Art were located inside the vault. In the ensuing centuries, the collection of the Green Vault has steadily grown and it is today one of the most famous museums of Europe.

The Green Vault of Dresden is a baroque building with a three story length and a length of 13 metres in height and a width of 5.5 metres. Outside, the building has five dormer windows and an attic pulpit.

Inside the Green Vault of Dresden there are three exhibition halls. One of them shows the history of the Gothic period from 800 – 1200, the second hall shows the natural history of the Ingolstadt Museum and the third hall shows the history of the site of Dresden.

Procession of Princes

The 'Procession of Princes' is an extraordinary event that takes place every Easter Monday in the city of Dresden. It commemorates the solemn entry of the Saxon princes into the city. Even nowadays, this holiday and the medieval ceremony represented by it are still a central part of life in Dresden. The event is held every Easter Monday on the occasion of the Annunciation. Hundreds of guests, ambassadors, ambassadors of former German states and delegations from Saxon military and especially from the Saxon court are invited guests. The observance takes place on Karl Johannis Square in front of the Zwinger Palace.

The Procession is characterized by the solemn entry of the Saxon princes, who draw their state carriages through a special gate of the palace onto the parade route.

A very rare sight in modern times is the 12 horses drawn by four white horses on a brown ground. Behind the princes and their carriage comes the governor of the Saxon armed forces, the marshal's team and the two 'Schlachtschwerten,' ceremonial broad-swords and scabbards. Especially for this event, the royal St. Wenceslas Chapel is opened for the last time before its demolition. Saxon Court Provosts, the armed forces' band and the church choir sing and march.

Semper Opera House

Zwinger Palace

This is Gothic palace complex was famous for years as the Dresden State Art Gallery, but that is not the only reason it is popular these days. The palace and gardens were built around the remains of an older structure, and the baroque interior is worth visiting, even if you don’t see any art. This is one of the most visited places in Saxony, and it is believed that millions of people have seen this palace since it was built.

Margrave Gate

This is the only remaining of the two original city gates of Dresden. The Margrave Gate was born in the 15th century, but the older gate, the Frauenkirche, was destroyed by the bombing of Dresden in World War II. The Margrave Gate survived. This is a very Gothic-looking gate from which you can see a wonderful panoramic view of the city.

Elbe Valley

In the beautiful Elbe Valley, you can also find the oldest sections of Dresden. This valley contains the Oberland area, and you can explore it on foot or by car. Historical attractions such as the Stanislaus Abbey, the Semper Opera House, and the stage of a medieval musical are all worth a visit. Theaters, galleries, and the Dresden State Art Gallery are also worth a visit.

Residence of the former Saxon Royal Family

Frauenkirche

The Frauenkirche is a Lutheran church built between 1468 and 1528.

It’s one of the most famous buildings in Dresden.

This church is a fine example of German Renaissance architecture and a proof of Dresden’s cultural influence on Central Europe.

The name … is religious in origin and translates as …The Church of Our Lady….

So what makes this building so famous?

It was hit by bombs on February 13, 1945 during an air raid.

The church was to be used as a German fortress and was spared during the bombings so it was to be destroyed by the Allied soldiers.

Today, it still stands as a warning to everybody that the war is still far from over.