Dresden Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
(Dresden, Saxony, Germany)
Dresden is a city with a fascinating history and heritage, which manifests itself in its extensive collection of tourist attractions. Visitors interested in getting some good holiday snaps will find more than enough fascinating sights and attractions throughout the city of Dresden, worthy of gracing photo albums.
Highlights include the splendid Frauenkirche and the magnificent Zwinger Palace, while for others, the attractions within the Burg Stolpen fortress offer a true glimpse into part the city's rather unexpected past, featuring a particularly gruesome torture chamber. Dresden's most visited tourist attractions are below.
Address: Theaterplatz 1, Altstadt, Dresden, D-01067, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 0351 4914 2000
Built between 1710 and 1732, Dresden's magnificent palace of Zwinger is one of the highlights of Dresden and is a splendid example of late German-Baroque architecture. After checking out the excellent views available of its grand exterior, visitors can venture inside in order to observe the ornate interior and range of interesting exhibits and other attractions, among which are the porcelain collection, the impressive Old Masters Picture Gallery, the fascinating Zoological Museum and the Mathematisch Physikalischer Salon.
Open hours: daily, seasonal variations
St. Anne's Church (Annenkirche)
Address: Annenstrasse, Freiberger Platz, Dresden, D-01067, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 0351 496 5807
The Annenkirche, or St. Anne's Church, is located within the historic Altstadt district of Dresden and is a small structure that typifies the architecture of its period. The church has suffered various structural injuries from a number of wars over the years, but it has been successfully restored to its former glory each time. St. Anne's Church has marvellous acoustics and is regularly used for musical performances, with everything from classical to jazz concerts being amongst the main attractions here.
Open hours: daily
Admission: no charge
Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche)
Address: Neumarkt, Dresden, D-01067, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 0351 6560 6100
A splendid example of classic German architecture within Dresden, the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) was built by George Bähr between 1726 and 1743 and is most famous for having hosted organ recitals by the revered composer and musician JW Bach. The church was razed by bombing during WWII. However, the bricks were collected and stored until in 1990, when a major rebuilding project began. The current structure is faithful to the old church, and its many internal attractions retain their original splendour.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 16:00
Admission: no charge
Burg Stolpen Fortress
Address: Schlossstrasse 10, Stolpen, D-01833, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 0359 732 3410
The medieval fortress that is Burg Stolpen was the site of incarceration of Anna Constanze, Countess of Cosel, who was the most famous mistress of August the Strong. The cell in which the countess was held can be witnessed by visitors, as well as the prison's torture chamber. A small museum within this Dresden fortress is home to a variety of interesting artefacts and attractions, dating from the building's prison days.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00, seasonal variations apply
Royal Palace (Residenzschloss)
Address: Schlossplatz (Building of George), Dresden, D-01067, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 0351 491 4622
Residenzschloss, otherwise known as the Dresden Royal Palace, was constructed in various stages between the 12th and 19th centuries and was the former official royal residence of the Saxon royal family. The church combines architectural features from the Baroque, Romantic, Renaissance and neo-Renaissance periods, and although having suffered heavy structural damage during WWII, it has come a long way towards being returned to its original magnificence. The chapel of the palace is currently used by the Dresdner Staatschauspiel ensemble for a number of well-supported events, while the fully restored building is now home to many precious and valuable attractions, such as the Crown Jewels, the Engraving Collection and also the city's Coin Museum.
Open hours: Wednesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 18:00, seasonal variations apply