Military History Museum, Dresden

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A visit to Military History Museum in Dresden offers an insightful look into the human aspects of war, as well as the evolution of German military technology. The original building, which served as an armory, was built in 1873 and was a Nazi museum, a Soviet museum, and an East German museum before being closed in 1989. It reopened in 2011 with the striking metallic addition on the facade, which is meant to make visitors reconsider the way they think about war. Pass through the exhibit spaces divided into nine categories, such as politics, human aggression, and art in war. At the top level, you can walk along the modern structure, which is open to the elements and offers views of Dresden. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Dresden holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Military History Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Dresden has a troubled military history. It was viciously bombed by the Allies during WW II but has not been completely innocent either. This museum was very poor under the GDR but now is very compreh...  more »
  • Is this museum with its extensive collection of military-historical objects a must for anyone who is interested in history. Many plots are dismal and shocking but factually and in fact well prepared. It needs to go some time across all areas.
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  • This museum is difficult - it deals with a difficult subject: war. I find great, responsible and correct how you approach this Themenkoplex here. I can even understand for commentators, which is provided in this place to some military technology. But this is not only a stationary gun show - who looks like that is better off in Munster in the tank Museum. This House is about wondering why all these wars have taken place, and what did that to us. A place to think, in particular I recommend the Department of war wounds.
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  • I do have to confess that it has always been a desire to visit a German military museum. Their permanent exhibits are extremely comprehensive, fully detailed with maps, paintings, weapons. Giving the impression that the Medieval age was longer than it really was. It's all fine till the Franco-Prussian war... As it gets close to the end of the XIXth century until 1945, it does not reflect the facts as most of the world knows and studied. I believe the curators could have explored the excellent weapons developed in the period and how they boosted many scientific peaceful projects in later periods (synthetic oil, telecommunication, space rocket science, etc...)
  • Very thorough military and history museum. For non-Germans, it is very interesting to see how WW I and WW II are portrayed. Some disturbing, items related to the Holocaust (invoices for ovens, design plans, etc.) and it does let you know how logistically planned the whole thing was. If you arrive via the light rail (a 5 min walk to the museum from the stop), you'll walk through a small park to get to the museum. Make sure you stop to look at the monument to the Red Army the Russians erected in 1945 after capturing Dresden. Seems like the Russians did this in every town after capturing it and did it in a real short period of time. Interesting that it's still there today (much like the monuments in Berlin near the Brandenburg Gate and in Vienna).
  • Prepare to spend a few hours here. There is soooo much information. I spent about two and a half hours here and I definitely didn’t read everything
  • Excellent! A must see. Not just another war museum. It has most of the histories.
  • Very large military museum. With lots of personal effects. Items were very poorly identified. Museum should do a better job of numbering items and then having a cooresponding number next to the description.

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The Old City, or Altstadt district, is the city's historical center. You'll find a wide selection of accommodations around the major tourist sites. For an area that stays active both day and night, consider lodging in Aussere Neustadt, located northeast of the Old City. The Hellerau District has an urban and hip vibe, thanks to the fashionable young locals who populate the area. Boutique hotels contribute to the area's chic feel.
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