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Zwinger, Dresden
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Explore one of eastern Germany's most impressive examples of Rococo architecture at Zwinger. Originally part of the Dresden fortress, the palace is one of the city's most important historical landmarks. It now houses several museums and galleries. Visit the Old Master's Gallery to admire fine works by artists like Rafael and Van Dyck. Or head to the complex's historical museum to peruse weaponry and military artifacts from the 15th through 18th centuries. You can pick up an audio guide at the entrance for full information on each collection, as well as the history of the grounds. Make Zwinger a part of your Dresden vacation plans using our Dresden family vacation planner.
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  • Fascinating baroque palace, with all the excesses of that style. The central garden, the Crown in one of the doors... A binge of excessive artistic... But that beauty! The Cinderella of Kenneth Branagh used images of this Palace... In short: fairy tale...
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  • I highly recommend. Whenever I am in Dresden always I fall into the Zwinger. All Alt Start is a beautiful, charming, even wonderful.
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  • Free to walk the impressive grounds and the raised walkway. You can also walk all the way around the outside perimeter . Kept us warm on a very cold day. 
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  • Beautiful Rococo style palace, now a museum with collections of Old Masters Pictures, Dresden Porcelain and Mathematical and Physical Instruments. The building was destroyed during the bombings of 1945, but has been restored to its previous state in 1961. The exhibits were evacuated previously to a safer place. The visit to the palace is highly recommended._
  • Beautiful palace and gardens The collection of Old Masters painting is really something to see it can get busy in the afternoons but still worth a visit
  • A great piece of history right there in front of your eyes - a must-see. You can go by foot around, so park your car in one of the nearby parking lots) A nice park near it, and a great view over the river Elbe (Laba).
  • Time and time when I read about cities in Europe, there’s always a featured monarch that has advanced the story of the city. Sometimes there are multiple monarchs but they always occupy a section of the city that preserves that era’s historical legacy. For Dresden, the Zwinger is that legacy. Built by the Augustus the Strong, the pompous palace just across the Royal Palace is really the hottest ticket in town during Augustus’s reign. The Zwinger is used for parties by the royal court and other sporting events designed for the nobility. What surprised me a little that the entrance to the Zwinger doesn’t seem to be very wide. I’m more used to large colossal entrances in other palaces. On the opposite end of the Theatreplatz entrance is the gate with a large crown at the top. This is known as the Kronentor, which is translated from German as simply the “Crown Gate”. What I really enjoyed about the Zwinger is how music effortlessly fills the air, courtesy of various street musicians whose virtuoso performances are very much appreciated by a ready audience. Does bring you a step back into the era. On the south end of the Zwinger is the Glokenspielpavillon, a symmetrical pavilion that frames the courtyard and fountains of the palace. Up the stairs of the pavilion led me to its rooftop with an amazing view of Dresden. There’s also the Dresden Porcelain Collection, which didn’t fancy me as much (I mean, not here to see Augustus’ collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain). The clock on the pavilion wall will chime with sounds of porcelain bells on the hour. If all this looked familiar, that’s because this is the set of Wes Craven’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” and the live remake of Disney’s Cinderella.
  • “Perfect place to enjoy the beauty” We visited this place with our friends and it was amazing. Such a beautiful Palace is surrounded by a lovely garden with a marvelous view. Do not rush to enter the gallery - just relax and spend some time there.