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Zwinger Palace, Dresden – Gorgeous Galleries and Museums

Zwinger, Dresden, Germany
Zwinger Palace is a Baroque-style building in Dresden, Germany. The Palace has a precious collection of art objects, math and physics objects, and rare porcelain.
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Tuesday – Sunday – 10:00 -18:00

Monday – Closed

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LocationDresden, Germany, Europe

Zwinger Palace – Baroque style 

In Dresden, near the Semper Opera, there is the Zwinger Palace, built in Baroque style at the beginning of the 18th century, at the order of Frederic Augustus, Elector of Saxony. The construction was inaugurated in 1719 although it was not finished. After 17 years of work, in 1728 the palace was completely finished. In 1945 the palace was bombed, much of it being destroyed. Reconstruction was done keeping the old style after drawings and photos.

The name “Zwinger” means “interval”, “intermediate space” and comes from the location of the palace between the old fortifications of the city.

Madonna Sistina by Raphael

The Baroque palace has an interior courtyard, many Permoser sculptures, a bell pavilion, and famous art collections. Do not miss “Other Meister” – you will find the famous Madonna Sistina by Raphael there. There is also a beautiful museum on the Siesta kings, “Rüstkammer”. The entrance is free for the palace, but some collections, such as the porcelain exhibition, have an entrance fee.


The complex, built between 1710 and 1732, includes 6 pavilions (connected by large galleries) and an interior courtyard.

Rampart Pavilion (Bastion Pavilion)

Rampart Pavilion (Bastion Pavilion). The Rampart Pavillion, rich in sculptures, borders the central courtyard to the northeast and contains a statue of Hercules, created by the sculptor Balthasar Permoser.

Nimfelor Bath

Near the Rampart Pavilion, there is a small inner courtyard with a baroque fountain with numerous nymphs and tritons statues (Greek sea goddesses with human bust and fishtail tails). The fountain is called Nymphenbad, meaning the Nimfelor Bath.

The Glockenspiel Pavilion (Carillon Pavilion)

The Glockenspiel Pavilion (Carillon Pavilion) (the clock) is almost symmetrical with the Rampart Pavilion and is located opposite the inner courtyard. Initially, it was called “Stadtpavilion” but it was renamed after 1924 – 1936, it was added to the carillon (the ensemble of bells).

The Crown Gate

The Crown Gate (Kronentor), the beautiful baroque gate of the palace. Above the gate is a huge crown, decorated with golden motifs. The statues embedded in the gate fences represent the 4 seasons.

Galleries and Museums

In 1841, the construction of a new wing, known as Semperbau, began. A wing is also called the Painting Gallery, because it hosts the Gemäldegalerie Alter Meister (The Old Masters Gallery), a museum that contains world-famous works of famous artists, such as Van Dyck, Vermeer, Rubens, Titian, and Raphael (Madonna Sixtina). The wing also houses a museum, the Rüstkammer (Arsenal), also known as the History Museum, with a large collection of weapons from the 15th to 18th centuries.

In the other wings of the Zwinger palace, you will find even more museums, including the Porzellansammlung, a collection of porcelain, located in the gallery on the left of the Crown Gate. The Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, located near the Rampart Pavilion, is a museum exhibiting a collection of scientific instruments, including sextants, watches, and globes.

Zwinger Palace, Dresda
Dresden, Germany – Extraordinary tourist attractions

Dresden, Germany – Extraordinary tourist attractions

CatalinaFeb 3, 20194 min read
Beautiful, romantic, elegant, musical. This is Dresden. A city that you must see. Try the chocolate. You will be delighted.