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If you do not know what every tourist should see in Dresden, carefully study our review. We will give you competent recommendations and tell you about the best attractions in Dresden that will make your trip bright and memorable.
What to see in Dresden first?
Experienced guides in Dresden recommend not to ignore the following cultural, historical and architectural objects:
Zwinger – a palace and park complex of the 18th-19th centuries
Our rating “Interesting places in Dresden” rightfully leads the masterpiece of the Baroque era. At one time, jousting tournaments were held in the Zwinger, and the rulers of Saxony organized magnificent celebrations here. The current view of this attraction of Dresden is a museum-palace, whose numerous halls store unique exhibits: weapons, paintings, porcelain items, etc.
Official website: https://www.der-dresdner
2. Dresden Art Gallery
The Dresden Art Gallery is located in one of the Zwinger palaces
If you are passionate about art from different eras, you now know what to visit in Dresden. The collections of the legendary gallery feature works by such famous masters as Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin. Moreover, it is here that the “Sistine Madonna” created by Raphael is located.
Official website: https://www.skd.museum
3. Albertinum Art Museum
The Albertinum Art Museum is named after King Albert
In the “treasury” of this museum complex you will see many unique sculptures created in the last five thousand years. Among others, there is the oldest collection of antiques from Italy. In addition to sculptural compositions, Egyptian mummies, bronze exhibits, terracotta, etc. are exhibited in the halls.
Official website: https://www.skd.museum
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Dresden Castle – the official residence of the Saxon rulers
The premises of the residence are equipped with the Armory, an engravings room and a numismatics room, a “green vault” (a collection of precious items) is kept. The facade and architecture of the castle building also evoke admiring reviews from connoisseurs of architecture, and especially fans of eclectic and Romanesque styles. The building is considered one of the most majestic and beautiful in the city: the thin spire of its watchtower can be seen from various parts of Dresden.
Official website: https://www.skd.museum/en
5. Brühl's Terrace
The Brühl Terrace was part of Dresden's military fortification system
Which excursions in Dresden can be visited completely free of charge? The Balcony of Europe or Brühl's Terrace is half a thousand meters between the Karola and Augusta bridges. Coming here, you can enjoy the charming landscapes of the city and the Elbe River. In addition, there are many restaurants and museums along this stretch of the promenade.
Official website: http://www.dresden.de/en
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6. Frauenkirche – Church of Our Lady
Frauenkirche – a majestic temple with seven entrances and an observation deck under the dome
One of the main features of this Evangelical Lutheran church is a giant stone bell with two shells. Sculptures created back in the 17th-18th centuries, an altar and a huge organ serve as decoration of the interior decoration.
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Church of the Holy Cross on Dresden's Old Market Square at night
This center of the city's sacred music is consistently included in the ranking of “Germany's best sights”. There are performances of the choir of young men and boys, concerts of organ music. The temple got its name thanks to a unique relic that was kept here in the past – parts of the cross on which Christ was crucified.
8. Hofkirche – Catholic court church
In the dungeon of the Hofkirche church there is a family tomb of the Wettin dynasty
The baroque temple has an unusually graceful and airy appearance. And this is despite the fact that its dimensions are quite large: the height of a two-story tower with an onion top and a cross is more than 80 meters, and its width is over 50 meters. The base of the oval shape changes the “appearance” of the structure depending on which side you look at it from.
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Church of the Three Wise Men XV century User:Colossos
Medieval neo-Gothic building. Especially recommended for those who do not know where to go in Dresden, but want to see the main architectural masterpieces of the city. The temple is famous for the organ, the altar, 7 meters high, the altar painting (the creation of Mengas), the pulpit in the Rococo style and the ancient 12-meter relief “Dance of Death”. Over the many years of its existence, the church has experienced several destructions and fires. However, now it is an excellently reconstructed and restored monument of history and architecture.
10. Semper Opera
The Theater Square in front of the Dresden Saxon State Opera
If you love music, your trip should include a visit to this opera house. The chic three-story house has no less luxurious interiors, and opera artists performing here are the national pride of the country. If you do not want to purchase a ticket for performances, book a tour. You can go up to the observation platform, see the stucco molding, murals, the stage and its arrangement, the impressive decoration of the interior halls and rooms.
Not everyone knows that there is another building of the Semper Opera House 2 behind the main theater ( extension, erected later). Performances are also organized here, but more modest. The hall, designed for two hundred spectators, is popular due to its relaxed chamber atmosphere.
11. German Museum of Hygiene
The German Hygiene Museum was founded by the industrialist K.A. Lingner Daderot
Be sure to come to this museum, if only for its permanent exhibition “Adventure Man”. You can see figures of people made of glass and wax. Press the buttons and different parts and organs of the body will be highlighted. Exhibits on the theme of death, disease, aging, nutrition and other processes will be of interest to both children and adults. You will be able to educate your child in matters related to human anatomy, healthy eating and hygiene. The museum is conditionally divided into “adult” and “children's” parts, so you can safely visit it from a young child. There is a souvenir shop and a small restaurant on site.
Official website: https://www.dhmd.de/en/
12. Panel “Procession princes”
The famous tiled wall panel “Procession of Princes”
The mosaic work, one hundred meters long, is located on the outer wall of the palace-gallery on Augustusstrasse. It depicts the princes of the Saxon dynasty. The current work in the sgrafito technique was made by V. Walter in 1879, the previous panel was painted with paints by an unknown artist more than four hundred years ago. The “Procession of Princes” consists of 94 people – there are children, and artisans, and scientists, and Saxon rulers, and the highest nobility. Greyhounds and horses are depicted along with people.
13. Bundeswehr Military History Museum
The Military History Museum was first opened in 1877 by Dr. Bernd Gross
Ten thousand exhibition samples – the first submarine, military aircraft, cannons, a robot for detecting mines, ancient exhibits of the war years and items of modern weapons technology. The building of the museum can impress no less than its collections: it is pierced through and through by a huge wedge of shining metal. However, this is only an illusion: if you go around the building from the back, you will see that the wedge is a separate structure in the middle of an empty Bundeswehr site. Guided tours of the museum are completely free (conducted during certain hours).
Official website: http://mhm-gatow.de/en/
14. Jenice Building
The architecture of the Jenice building resembles a mosque
In the past – a tobacco factory, now – a place to accommodate offices of various companies. Under the dome of the building there is a cafe with panoramic views, parties are held in the basement. The oriental architectural style of the 1909 building, so unusual for Dresden, is associated with the style of mosques.
Official website: https://www.yenidze
15. Dresden's Elbe Castles
Albrechtsberg Castle is one of three castles built for the Prussian prince Albrecht Gyurgi
Three small but beautiful castles built in the 19th century, all of which are open to tourists. The castle complex is surrounded by vineyards and beautiful parks, ideal for leisurely walks. Ekberg, Lingner and Albrechtsberg have never been used for defensive purposes, despite the fact that they are located on a strategically convenient hill.
We told you briefly about the main attractions of Dresden, and we recommend that you definitely see them with your own eyes.
Dresden attractions: what else to visit in Dresden?
Now you know what to see in Dresden for 1 day. If you have free time, devote it to visits to such famous places as:
16. Pilnitz Castle
Pilnitz palace and park complex – the summer residence of the rulers of Saxony
Few of the best sights in Dresden are as popular as this water castle. By the way, there are so many museums in it: the exhibits belong to the 17th-18th centuries (fabrics, paintings, household items, musical instruments). If gardening is your thing, take a stroll through the local English and Chinese style greenhouses and garden complex. For more than two hundred years, a unique Japanese camellia has been growing here, surprising visitors with its grace.
Official website: http://www.schlosspillnitz
17. Moritzburg Castle
Moritzburg Hunting Castle in the middle of a lake surrounded by forests
A fabulous paradise for introverts. If you are one of them or you like the movie “Three Nuts for Cinderella”, be sure to book hotels in Dresden and come here. The building is connected to the outside world only by a narrow path. The magical palace seems to be floating above the water and surrounding lakes. On one of the lakes, a seascape is imitated: there is a high lighthouse and a pier. As we have already said, you can see the facade of the castle in the film about Cinderella.
Official website: http://www.schloss-moritzburg
18. Elbe River
Vast areas of meadows along the river Elbe
The length of the river is over 1150 km. The waters of the Elbe flow through the area of two states – the Czech Republic and Germany. The Dresden Valley (the area of the city with a section of the river) is the most beautiful water meadows, on which construction work has never been carried out. The width of the valley is about a hundred meters. Some slopes along the Elbe are terraced – they are still used for growing grapes. There are a few modest historic villages that have survived from the Industrial Revolution.
19. Loschwitz Bridge
View from the Elbe River to the Loschwitz Bridge or the Blue Wonder
Landmark, also known as the “Blue Miracle” (the name was given by the non-standard shape and color of the structure). The building stands on the bank of the river on two pillars. The width and length of the bridge are 12 meters and 280 meters, respectively. You can walk along the sidewalk for pedestrians, or take a car or bus ride along the roadway of this engineering marvel.
20. Bastei Bridge
View of the Bastei Bridge from the Ferdinandstein
An unusual and dangerous bridge is located in the German National Park, at an altitude of about two hundred meters above the river. There is a beautiful observation deck, near the bridge there is a museum, robber huts, a waterfall and several ancient fortresses. The bridge itself stretches between the rocky mountains, and from a bird's eye view it opens up a panorama of the national park, mountain plateau, fields and forests. If you want to take unique photos or just admire the views of Saxony “from the clouds”, you will not find a better place.
Official website: https://www.saechsische-schwei
We are sure that our sights of Dresden, photos with names and descriptions of which you have just looked at, will interest you. If you want to know more information and interesting facts about them, hire an experienced guide. Read also about the sights of Dusseldorf and be inspired to travel further in Germany.