Schloss Und Grunes GewolbeCurrently Closed
- Address: Residenzschloss (Royal Palace) Schlossstraße at the corner of Taschenberg 2, 01067 Dresden, Germany
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: 49351-49142000
- Ticket Price: 12 EUR
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Art Gallery, Museums, History Museums, Statue, Architecture , Arts And Crafts
With a collection of treasure that would put Uncle Scrooge to shame, the Schloss und Grunes Gewolbe is one of the most magnificent sights to see in Europe. It’s known as one of the richest treasure chambers in the continent and the collection is so diverse and abundant that one would get confused at what to look at first. It is located on the first and second floors of the Dresden Castle. This museum is both fascinating and unique, and essential on every tourist’s itinerary.
The chambers column bases and capitals were once painted malachite green, thus giving it its title. It houses a variety of artistic exhibits, from Baroque to Classicism. After World War II, this structure was rebuilt and new exhibition rooms were built in order to display all the art work. The ‘Green Vault’s story started in the year 1547. It was created to be an additional west wing of the palace and it was built to withstand fires and thieves, with thick walls and iron doors and shutters protecting it. This room was used as a treasure chamber throughout the 17th century by the rulers of Saxony, for all their important documents and jewels.
Between 1723 and ’29, the vault was open for public viewing, thanks to Augustus the Strong. He invited a select audience to view his treasures, as a symbol of his wealth and power. He exhibited his entire collection of valuable objects. Bronze statues and artwork in gold, silver, ivory and amber could now be displayed in two rooms, the Hall of Treasures and the Corner Cabinet. This style of Augustus the Strong’s was used as the framework for the reconstructed building as well. This was also the first time someone of high standing made their treasures and art accessible to the public. These rooms were left unchanged for almost two centuries.
The Green Vault was severely damaged during WWII and at the end of the war, the treasures were taken away to the Soviet Union, only to return in 1958. In 2004, the New Green Vault was opened in the newly rebuilt Dresden Castle. In 2004 and 2006, the Neues Grunes Grewolbe and the Historiches Grunes Grewolbe were opened, with exceptional treasures on display. The former houses around a thousand carefully selected pieces of art which can be viewed close up in glass show cases. This is the ‘New Green Vault’. Statuettes and other fascinating objects, made of gold, silver, gemstones, enamel, mother of pearl, coconuts, ostrich eggs and ivory are kept here. In the other room lies works of art, set in Baroque. This room is an exact replica of the one used by Augustus, thus called the ‘Historical Green Vault’. This chamber consists of 9 other rooms, with different, themed displays of artwork created in a stunning variety of luxurious materials. Visiting this opulent, one of a kind treasure chest is sure to be quite an experience for whoever visits so be sure to put this on your list. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Dresden itinerary 1 day.
- For the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe, which is on the ground floor, it is advisable to purchase admission tickets in advance, as the number of visitors who can be admitted each day is limited for conservational reasons.
- Tickets for the Neues Grünes Gewölbe on the floor above, on the other hand, can be purchased directly from the ticket office.
- Be sure to book or buy tickets as early as possible.
- Tickets for children below 17 years is free.
- Buy a combination ticket for 21 euros. It will be valid for the Green Vault, New Green Vault, Armoury at the New Giant's Hall, Turkish Chamber, Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Hausmannsturm, Fürstengalerie and current special exhibitions.
- Augustiner an der Frauenkirche (Bavarian, German/ €8-20)
- Italienisches Dörfchen (Italian/€21-40)
- Piccolo - Der kleine Italiener (Italian, Steaks)
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95% of people who visit Dresden include Schloss Und Grunes Gewolbe in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
88.6% of people start their Schloss Und Grunes Gewolbe visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Schloss Und Grunes Gewolbe
65.29% of people prefer walking in order to reach Schloss Und Grunes Gewolbe
An absolutely overwhelming collection stemming primarily from August the Strong. The Old Green Vault is a series of rooms with different themes. There's an ivory collection, a bronze collection, gemstones, golden objects and so much more. The New Green Vault is more of the same and has the famous green diamond. This is a remarkable collection and is a must see. Don't forget about the combination tickets, which will save you a lot of money if you plan to see several museums. No photos were permitted.
Mind-boggling exhibit of exquisite artwork crafted over the years by numerous artisans. Much of this museum in the castle was spared the destruction encountered in Dresden during the war. There are several rooms containing artwork of a specific kind, situated on walls and stands. Each room is totally different than the room before and after it. There is so much art that it becomes difficult to take it all in and really appreciate the artistry. Don't try to touch the art exhibits or lean over the railings - there are extremely sensitive sensors that will trip alarms! There are also sentinels posted throughout each room to monitor guests actions. It is a wonderful museum that will keep one occupied for a couple hours or more. Don't miss it!
Really amazing. Both parts are worth visiting. Exhibition is really great
A vast amount of treasury and some interesting stories along. Amazing workmanship and details for every piece. Worth well a visit. Remember to book your visit beforehand....
Precious pieces of treasures. I found the audio guide very good. It's such a treat for your eyes. Take note that you can't take pictures there.