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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. Use our Dresden trip planner to arrange your visit to Zwinger and other attractions in Dresden.
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  • It was hairless and snow on the previous day, was a very beautiful Palace. Obsessed with symmetry also feel alone and feel the depth of the history. A little cold but it was maybe sees in the winter than the summer might be worthwhile.
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  • Beautiful place! Is the set of the former Royal Palace of Dresden. Was the garden of the residence of the rulers of Saxony. The gateway of the buildings remained a part of the old city wall. House today the Semper Gallery and the Royal Porcelain Collection. They were rebuilt after the second world war.
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  • Even on a Monday when the galleries were closed this was well worth a visit. It's free to walk along the 'roof' of the colonnade. Seemed to be some great displays inside.  more »
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  • Yikes, this place is big and beautiful! One can just imagine courtly festivities filling the courtyard with the aristocrats looking down from the walls above. Three museums add to the attraction. You can spend a half a day wandering the site and checking out the frisky statues. They all look like they are here to party!
  • A lovely garden to sit and enjoy the palace. There's a lovely elevated walkway all around where you can get panoramic views of the city. Don't overlook the cafe near the porcelain museum; they have nice sandwiches and coffee and you can sit outside and enjoy the view.
  • The amount of decorative figurines is sheer overwhelming. I have a hard time imagining the hours of work that went into the creation of the sculptures placed around the outside of the Zwinger. Loved the collection of mathematical instruments and mechanical clocks.
  • If your enjoy art work, painting's and sculpture's THEN COME HERE! I was blown away by the art collection in Dresden. Walking through the hallways and taking in the paintings was step back into time. Not just to when the work was created but to what I learned in primary school and college. Zwinger is a must !
  • From outside it takes your attention immediately, but when we came in it was totally impressing. Its a spectacular building remodeled after the bombing in the WW II. Every fifteen minutes the bells of the church play a melody. Amazing!
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