Zwinger Dresden

Zwinger Dresden
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The once war-ravaged city Dresden has evolved to be one of Germany’s most popular cities. Among the beautiful landmarks of Dresden today is the Zwinger Palace, pictured above.

We have the people of Dresden to thank, who voted to restore the city to its glorious state instead of succumbing to the architectural proposals of communist Germany at the time.  Zwinger Dresden was one of these projects, later reconstructed in the 1950s to 1960s. Today, the Zwinger Palace is Dresden’s most famous landmark, which has been transformed into a museum complex that includes the Old Masters Picture Gallery, the Dresden Porcelain Collection and the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments.

Zwinger Dresden is conveniently located in the city center, part of the historic heart of the Altstadt or the Old Town. One can find a very lovely view here, with its pavilions and galleries, not to mention its expansive gardens and large inner courtyard. Bounded by nearby buldings like the State Theatre, the Semper Opera, the Duchess Garden and the Elbe River only a few hundred meters away, Zwinger Palace is an oasis for every visitor.

The name” Zwinger” is the German word for the outer part of the castle that housed the cannons between the outer wall and the major wall, the city’s main fortifications. Built in the Baroque style and commissioned by Augustus the Strong of Saxony, Zwinger Dresden was designed by court architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelman, while its sculpture was provided by Balthasar Permoser. It served as the orangery, exhibition gallery and festival arena of the Dresden Court and was used for court festivities, tournaments and fireworks.

Zwinger Dresden attracts thousands of visitors per year. Have you been to Zwinger? We’d love to hear what you think. Interested and future visitors, your trip starts here.

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