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Theaterplatz

Marvel at Baroque masterpieces, browse art exhibits and catch a thrilling performance at one of Germany’s finest opera houses at this Old Town square.

Discover some of Dresden’s finest landmarks and museums at Theaterplatz (Theater Square). Appreciate architectural masterpieces that showcase styles such as Baroque and Renaissance. Visit a grandiose 18th-century cathedral, art galleries and interesting museums. Watch ballet and opera performances at a historic opera house. Theaterplatz is a major feature of Dresden’s Inner Altstadt, which is part of the Altstadt (Old Town).

Stand in the center of the paved square to enjoy the best views of its surrounding buildings. To the north is the Semper Opera House, to the south is Dresden Cathedral and to the west is Zwinger Palace. Spot the equestrian monument to King John of Saxony, who was the Saxon ruler in the second half of the 19th century. The German sculptor Johannes Schilling created the statue in 1889.

Admire the elegant pavilions, fountains, orderly gardens and statues of the beautiful Baroque-style Zwinger Palace. Former Elector of Saxony, Augustus the Strong, commissioned the palace in the early 1700s as a venue for courtly festivities. Today, it houses a collection of galleries and museums. See works by Old Masters, such as Correggio and Raphael, at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. Find an exquisite porcelain display in the Porzellansammlung and antique science instruments at the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon.

Take a guided tour of the Semper Opera House, opened in 1841 and reconstructed after World War II bomb damage. It’s famous for its neo-Renaissance exterior, lavishly decorated auditorium and excellent acoustics. Enjoy performances by the Saxon State Opera. Attend interpretations of ballet and opera classics, including Carmen, Don Quixote and The Nutcracker.

Scrutinize the façade and interior of Dresden Cathedral, also rebuilt after World War II. Note the 272-foot (83-meter) tall bell tower and the series of statues that stand atop a balustrade. Step inside and look up at the recreated ceiling frescoes.

Reach the square by taking a tram to the Theaterplatz stop. It’s a short walk from other major attractions in Dresden’s Altstadt. Among these are Old Market Square, Dresden Castle and the Italian Village.

Opening times and fees for the attractions on Theaterplatz vary. Visit the attractions’ official websites for more information.


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The Westin Bellevue Dresden

The Westin Bellevue Dresden

Grosse Meissner Str. 15, Dresden
4.2
of 5, from 480 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This hotel is in Dresden, facing the Canaletto view of the city’s skyline. Hofkirche is 700 meters away, and the Theaterplatz and the Semperoper are within 1 kilometer.

Residenz am Zwinger

Residenz am Zwinger

Ostra-Allee 13, Dresden
4.5
of 5, from 60 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Semper Opera House, Green Vault, and Dresden Castle. Albertinum is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

$97
Hilton Dresden

Hilton Dresden

An der Frauenkirche 5, Dresden
4.4
of 5, from 641 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This central Dresden hotel is adjacent to the Elbe River and Brühl's Terrace. Frauenkirche is next door, and the Albertinum and Neumarkt are both within 300 meters.

$144
Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden

Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden

Taschenberg 3, Dresden
4.7
of 5, from 391 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This Dresden hotel enjoys an excellent location nearby Semperoper, Altstadt, Residenzschloss and Frauenkirche. Zwinger Palace is a brief walk away.

$88
Motel One Dresden Am Zwinger

Motel One Dresden Am Zwinger

Postplatz 5, Dresden
4.3
of 5, from 110 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dresden Armory and Zwinger Palace. Old Masters Picture Gallery and Dresden Castle are also within 10 minutes.

$75
art'otel dresden, by Park Plaza

art'otel dresden, by Park Plaza

Ostra-allee 33, Dresden
4.0
of 5, from 527 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yenidze and Zwinger Palace. Semper Opera House and Old Masters Picture Gallery are also within 15 minutes.

$69
Aparthotel Neumarkt

Aparthotel Neumarkt

Neumarkt 7, Dresden
4.5
of 5, from 166 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt, this aparthotel is steps from New Market Square and Church of Our Lady. Dresden Castle and Albertinum are also within 10 minutes.

$89
NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt

NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt

An der Kreuzkirche 2, Dresden
4.6
of 5, from 349 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of the Holy Cross, Church of Our Lady, and Dresden Castle. Old Masters Picture Gallery and Zwinger Palace are also within 15 minutes.