Among Dresden’s most recognizable buildings is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. The Zwinger Palace dominates the northwestern boundary of Dresden’s Old Town, close to the Royal Palace and the opera house. Visit the Zwinger Palace to stroll through its decadent gardens and courtyards, to see a large collection of art and artifacts and to admire the opulent interior of the palace.
Unlike many Dresden buildings that were destroyed during World War II, Zwinger Palace was restored to its former state nearly immediately following the war. Wander through the gardens upon arrival to see the courtyards and gardens that once hosted grand festivals. The palace was constructed between 1710 and 1719 and features a number of pavilions, gates and columned structures. Photograph the Crown Gate, a highlight of the palace. Look for the Greek gods that decorate the gate before moving through the gardens to find the Nymphenbad. This courtyard features numerous fountains and statues.
Visit the many museums and galleries located within Zwinger Palace. See one of the world’s largest collections of ceramics in the Dresden porcelain collection or admire the armory’s impressive collection of weaponry, armor and military attire. Art enthusiasts will adore the Semper Gallery, containing a pivotal collection of Baroque paintings, including works by Raphael. Look for one of the painter’s most famous works, the Sistine Madonna, as you make your way through the gallery. Other galleries feature collections of statues and delicate vases. Visit the library within the palace to browse through historic books and image collections.
The Zwinger Palace is located in Dresden’s old town and can easily be reached on foot from many centrally located hotels. Arrive by tram or train if coming from outside the city center. The palace is closed on Mondays. The admission fee provides entrance to all galleries and the gardens.