- Address: Neumarkt, 01067 Dresden, Germany
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: 49351-65606100
- Ticket Price: Free
- Tags: Art Gallery, Church, Religious Site, Battlefield, Historical Site, Statue, Concert, Family And Kids, Architecture
What was a pile of rubble for almost half a century is now one of the most beautiful sights to see in the city of Dresden, namely the Frauenkirche. With its enormous dome, beautiful Baroque architecture and the 360 degree of the city that it provides, this Church is one of the highlights of the city. It’s also quite the attraction for lovers of art and architecture as well as history buffs, besides those who wish to offer up prayers.
A Romanesque styled church was built in the 11th century and was the seat of an archpriest until the Reformation, after which it became a Protestant church. This structure was torn down in 1727 and another, larger building was created. The Frauenkirche that we are familiar with, complete with magnificent dome, was constructed in 1743. It was designed by George Bahr and thanks to his sense of aestheticism combined with his interpretation of the new Protestant spirit, the resultant structure was a beauty to behold. With an altar, pulpit and baptismal font that is directly in the line of view of the congregation and ‘Stone Bell’ dome which is one of the largest in the world, this structure soon became a well known symbol for the city.
The church was built to defy any attack, with a witness saying that the dome withstood 100 canon balls fired at it during the 1760 Seven Years War. Sadly, during the time of World War II, the building collapsed due to heavy firing from the Allied side and was reduced to rubble. The structure that was once an iconic part of the skyline of Dresden, had fallen. Public sentiment stopped authorities from turning the area into a car park, instead making it a memorial against war in 1966. The site became a meeting point for peaceful protestors who were against the division of Germany. Finally, after the afll of the Berlin Wall and the re-unification of Germany, the people of Dresden decided it was time to re-construct the church. Preparations for the same started in 1993, with funds being collected from public donors. The original design plan by George Bahr was used, as was building material that was salvaged from the original building. The builders relied on pictures of the original church and it was finally completely in 2005. The church was reconsecrated in October, 2005 amid joyous celebration.
Ever since then, the new church has become a very popular tourist destination. Millions of people have visited the church since its opening, to attend worship services as well as just to view the iconic structure. The interior is like an opera house, complete with circle, galleries and boxes. Numerous concerts are held here throughout the year and it is frequently the venue for the Dresden Festival. Before visiting, it’s advisable to call them up and check out their schedule. Whether you want to watch a concert, appreciate art, absorb some history or offer up prayers, the Frauenkirche should be a must on your list. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Dresden itinerary 1 day.
- If you’re attending a concert, try to grab the orchestra seat for the best view.
- Go right to the top of the church for one of the best panoramic views of the city.
- Sometimes, you can catch an organ recital.
- Look in advance to check if you will be able to access the church whilst there are rehearsals taking place.
- Check out the paintings inside the cupola.
- There are restaurants across the church, some which serve beer!
- It’s important that you call them up in advance as they will not let you in during concert time and sometimes, during rehearsals.
- The entrance is a little hard to find. It’s a door at the side, up a couple of steps.
- Entry is free.
- Recommended time to visit is during concerts or services or early morning.
- U-Bahn or S-Bahn: Marienplatz
- Café-Restaurant Luisenhof (German/ €21-40)
- Bistro Ecke Frauenkirche (French/ €21-40)
- Applaus (Steaks and Bar)
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95% of people who visit Dresden include Frauenkirche in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
72.82% of people start their Frauenkirche visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Frauenkirche
58.56% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Frauenkirche
Great church to visit and to learn about the history of the bombing and how they rebuild the church. The darker pieces from the outside are still the original ones, where the white stones are the restored ones. Very cool to see.
Simply beautiful and one of best churches I have seen in Europe. It's located right in the city center. Was completely destroyed in WW2, but the reconstruction is marvelous. A statue of Martin Luther king outside compliments it. A must visit.
Stunningly beautiful, a serine place of worship, knowing it's history makes you contemplate and think deeply about the terrors of war. Make sure you go right up to the top of the dome, it is well worth it. Wonderful!
Very small old town for such a large city. That makes it easy to walk around and see everything. Lots of beautiful buildings that were reconstructed after WWII to look original.
Such a cool church. It certainly has a unique look to it and characterizes the city in a beautiful way. The interior is extravagant and talking the walk to the top is so worth it. The top of the church provides the best panorama of Dresden available, too.