Dresden, Germany
400AD-1400AD - Middle Ages Europe Germany

Top things to do in Dresden, Germany

February 3, 2019

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Type City
Year 1206
Location  Germany, Europe
Getting there
  • Car
  • Plane
  • Train
  • Dresden is a very beautiful, light spirited city, especially in summer, when you can appreciate the serene setting of the historic centre. Although Dresden is larger than Munich when measured by area, the historic centre is quite compact and walkable. Be sure to check out these places while in Dresden.
    • Frauenkirche. The original Church of Our Lady was completely destroyed during World War II; however, it has been reconstructed. The City of Coventry, which was raided by the Luftwaffe in World War II, donated the golden cross for the dome of the church. Open church most days from 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-6:00. Entry is free. Check out some ruins in the basement. Do not miss the tower visit and bring good shoes to climb in (otherwise you will not be admitted!) Same hours as open church. Entry fee €8 for adults.
    • Zwinger Palace. 10:00-18:00. Closed on Mondays. The baroque palace features a nympheum, many sculptures of Permoser, a bell pavilion and famous art collections. Do not miss the “Alte Meister” – you’ll find the famous Madonna Sistina of Rafael there including the well known angels. There is also a very nice museum on the arms of Saxon kings, the “Rüstkammer”. Entry is free to the palace but some collections such as the porcelain exhibition have an entry fee.
      • Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery)Porzellansammlung (Porcelain Collection)
      • Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments)
    • Schloss und Grünes Gewölbe. The Green Vault is Europe’s most splendid treasure chamber museum. You can see the biggest green diamond and the court of Aurengzeb and its precious crown jewels. Note that it is actually two museums, each requiring a separate ticket: The Historic Green Vault (Historisches Grünes Gewölbe) is famous for its splendors of the historic treasure chamber as it existed in 1733, while the New Green Vault (Neues Grünes Gewölbe) focuses the attention on each individual object in neutral rooms.  
    • SemperOper. English tours at 3pm; German tours throughout the day.. One of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. The acoustics and the orchestra, the Staatskapelle, are marvellous. Its history saw many operas of Wagner and Strauss having their first nights there. Make sure to book tickets in advance. Some last-minute tickets are available from the box office shortly before the performance starts. Seats which do not have a good view are very cheap, and you can sit on benches behind the seats, right at the top of the auditorium, for free. Tours: €8, €4 reduced and a €2 photography pass, but they don’t check if you have it.
    • Elbe Valley. This used to be on the UNESCO World Heritage List, until the government decided to build a four-lane highway WaldschlösschenBridge through the heart of it. So now it is known as “one of only two un-UNESCO’d sites in the world” still a tourist attraction.
  • Do not miss:
    • The carved cherry pit at Grünes Gewölbe – Dresden
    • The Dresden Green Diamond – New Green Vault at Dresden Castle.