Zwinger Palace, Dresden

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  • Address: Sophienstraße, 01067 Dresden, Germany
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 0351-49142000
  • Ticket Price: 12 EUR
  • Tags: Art Museum, Art Gallery, Museum, Military Museum, Garden, Estate, Educational Site, Walking Area, Historical Site, Palace, Statue, Architecture , Fountain, Picnic Spot
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About Zwinger Palace, Dresden

The Zwinger is a Baroque styled beauty that looks like it belongs in a gothic fairy tale. This stunning palace is one of Dresden’s most famous landmarks. Its name refers to its previous location between olden time city fortifications, as it used to be in front of a defensive wall that was built around the city. The courtyard of the Zwinger were actually used as an orangery and garden and today, it functions as a museum complex, home to the Old Masters Picture Gallery amongst other famous exhibits. Because of its beauty and the exhibitions it contains, this palace is one of the most popular tourist sites in Dresden. With its pavilions and galleries, stunning sculptured gate and fountains and the beautiful gardens in the inner court yard, it’s no wonder visitors are drawn to this testament to old-time party place of the German nobility.

The building was created between 1710 and 1732 and was a collaboration between Matthaus Daniel Poppelmann and Balthasar Permoser. The former, a designer, and the latter, a sculptor, created six pavilions connected by large galleries. The Rampart and the Glockenspiel are the most richly decorated and impressive of these. The Rampart is topped by a striking statue of Hercules and opposite it lies the Glockenspiel, home to an impressive carillon. There is a huge gate, called the Crown Gate, decorated with a sculpture of a huge crown and smaller figures which represent the four seasons. A small, enclosed courtyard with a beautiful fountain lies near one of the pavilions, with statues of mythical nymphs and tritons decorating it. In the mid 19th century, the river facing side of the courtyard was closed off with the construction of a large gallery building, called the Semperbau.

On 13th February, 1945, Dresden was bombarded and this resulted in the Zwinger and the Semperbau burning down. It was re-built during the 50’s and 60’s. Today, the Semperbau is home to paintings by world famous artists such as Van Dyck, Vermeer and Raphael.  It also houses the armory museum, which consists of a large collection of weaponry from the 15th to 18th centuries.  In the Zwingers other buildings are a collection of porcelain and museum dedicated to displaying scientific instruments and tools. Visitors can enjoy a stroll around the castle, an experience sweetened by the foliage, ponds and fountains in the garden. Picnics, leisurely strolls or just some relation time in the grass are just a few ways you can spend your time after touring the galleries. You can explore the garden areas to find hidden pockets as well and discover all the little statues constructed throughout the area. This is a great spot for families to spend time in as well as for art and history lovers. Visiting the Zwinger will offer you a holistic experience where you can immerse yourself in art, science, architectural splendour and learn more about German history, and then spend a soothing evening amidst the grass and water fountains. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Dresden itinerary 1 day.

Zwinger Palace Information

  • You can pick up an audio guide at the entrance for 3 Euros.
  • You can catch concerts and shows, check in advance.
  • A highlight is the ‘Sistine Madonna’ by Rafael.
  • If you use the lockers rather than the cloakroom, you'll have room for bulky items and get your Euro back.
  • You can use your ticket for all day re-entry.
  • Expect a lot of crowds as this is a popular place.
  • There are a lot of stairs to climb within the palace, so prepare yourself for quite a workout. If you cannot climb the stairs due to health reasons, you can enjoy the beautiful gardens instead.

Zwinger Palace Ticket Prices

  • Free for children under 16 year.
  • For students : 7.50€

How To reach Zwinger Palace by Public Transport

  • Tram: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, or 14. Bus: 82 or 94 to Postplatz

Restaurants Near Zwinger Palace

  • Alte Meister (German/€21-40 )
  • Italienisches Dorfchen (Italian/€21-40)
  • Sophienkeller (German/ €8-20)

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