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Zwinger Palace – a baroque gem from the time of Augustus the Strong.

Zwinger Palace – a baroque gem from the time of Augustus the Strong.

Dresden's Zwinger Palace is famous around the world for its beautiful baroque architecture. It was built in 1709 during the reign of Augustus the Strong. The remarkable sculptures adorning the gallery walls are by various artists and help make this one of the main attractions in Saxony's regional capital.

The Zwinger Palace in Dresden was built in 1709. It was originally an open area surrounded by wooden buildings which was used by the Saxon nobility for tournaments and other courtly pursuits. The sandstone palace was built between 1710 and 1719 by Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, under Elector Augustus the Strong. Its pavilions and galleries on the side of the ramparts were used as an orangery. The Crown Gate, the most photographed part of the Zwinger, is decorated with gods from Greek mythology. Next to the Rampart Pavilion is the Nymphaeum, one of the finest baroque fountains in Germany. Today, various museums are to be found inside the Zwinger Palace. The Dresden porcelain collection is one of the largest ceramics collections in the world. Another highlight is the armoury with its exquisite collection of weapons, suits of armour and ceremonial garments. It's also well worth visiting the Semper Gallery, which was built between 1847 and 1854 to plans by Gottfried Semper. To this day, the gallery contains the world's most important collection of paintings dating from the baroque to the Renaissance period, including the famous Sistine Madonna by Raphael. Another near neighbour to Zwinger Palace is the Church of Our Lady. First erected between 1726 to 1743, this baroque masterpiece was destroyed during the Second World War before being rebuilt from 1994 to 2005, thanks to a combination of public funds and donations. In architectural terms, it is one of the finest church buildings in Europe from this period. Still in Dresden, Grosser Garten park covers a total area of 147 hectares and is perfect for leisurely strolls and breaks from the hustle and bustle.

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The Stollenfest makes for an unusual highlight of the Dresden Striezelmarkt.
The Stollenfest makes for an unusual highlight of the Dresden Striezelmarkt. Every year, the members of the Dresdner Stollen protection association bake a huge Stollen, a traditional Christmas cake, which weighs a ton!

Upcoming dates:

07.12.2019

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Stadt Dresden
Altmarkt
01067 Dresden

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

The Dresden Music Festival ranks among the most prestigious festivals for classical music in Europe. Concerts with internationally renowned orchestras and soloists are an essential part of the program that annually presents a pivotal motto.

More than 60 concerts at famous venues in Dresden and its surroundings like the Frauenkirche, the Semperoper and the Palais im Großen Garten as well as new and experimental locations that include factories, museums, churches and places like the university or the fair grounds create an attractive and diverse program. The 2020 Dresden Music Festival takes place from May 12 to June 12 under the theme "Inspiration Nature".

Upcoming dates:

12.05.2020 - 12.06.2020

Venue

Dresdner Musikfestspiele
Hauptstraße 21
01097 Dresden
Fon: +49 (0) 351 478 56-0
Fax: +49 (0) 351 478 56 23
info@musikfestspiele.com
www.musikfestspiele.com

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Dresdner Musikfestspiele
Hauptstraße 21
01097 Dresden
Fon: +49 (0)351 478 56-0
Fax: +49 (0)351 478 56 23
info@musikfestspiele.com
http://www.musikfestspiele.com

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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