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Zwinger Palace

This wonderful monument in the center of the old city area has so much to see and do inside and around the complex. Beside six different museums inside, the ornate facade and sculptures enhance the beauty.
The name Dresden means people of the riverside forest. There were inhabitants here by 7500BC, and in the 12th century the Slavic people called the town Dresden. King August the Strong brought a great deal of culture to the region by bringing musicians, architects, and painters here. He was instrumental in getting his chemists to find the solution to making of porcelain, in order to replicate this valuable commodity coming from China. Over the years, it was the Saxons that held off the Turks who continually tried to take over the territory over 300 years, peaking in late 1600's. The Seven Year's War devastated the city, but it revived and became a capital for 100 years until 1918.

Procession of Princes

This unbelievable mural is made of Meissen porcelain tiles in mosaic pattern; 25,000 in total. The mural is 335 feet long and 31 feet tall. The mural shows in real facial depiction the procession of Saxony rulers and elite Dukes, Kings and Margraves from 1127 through 1904 period, along with key people and everyday normal peasants of the time that made up the region.
The mural was first a painting done in 1876, but later the tiles replaced it in 1904-1907 time frame. The mural only had minor damage in WWII.

Zwinger is Huge

There are so many great structures in the center, but this one stands out as the anchor for it all. Not enough can be said for the fantastic beauty of the buildings and adornments. The more surreal thing about it is that this palace was completely rebuilt after WWII because it was nearly leveled to the ground.
It was originally built as a stronghold for the city and eventually converted to a center for royal art collections and festival events.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:So many fantastic sites in the city and surrounding
  • Cons:Too many tourists and traffic
  • In a nutshell:A fabulous place with elegant architecture
  • Last visit to Dresden: Oct 2011
  • Intro Updated Dec 17, 2011
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  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    Nice page on Dresden. I'd like to visit the Zwinger. Looks like a great museum complex. Just a not on some of your photos, they are blurry.

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Nice page, Bruce. You will not be surprised I liked most the off beaten path tips with these historical cities (Meissen and Bautzen)and the countryside.
    Do you really think that a man carrying a red flag can be a danger? :) Neither probably are the youth who try to give sense to their boring jobless life. . no danger there, I think.
    You put a big page together Bruce, gives me ideas for future trips in the land of my ancestors.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Bruce, fabulous new and updated tips since my last visit of your brilliant Dresden page. It looks like you really enjoyed the German cuisine. A Sauerbraten is always very yummy. Did you do the free tour in the Volkswagen Gläsernen Manufaktur? And what about your red light ticket; did you really get it yet? Ingo is one of the very few members who regulary show up on VT meetings dressed in as suit and tie. *winkygrin*

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Sadly this non-helpful attitude can often be found in major tourist places. It's the same here in Heidelberg.Some members of the tourist information seem to think with so many tourists each year they don't need to bother.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Hi, Bruce! Congratulations on your great trip.... There's so much to see there and you have managed to enjoy lots of sites! Good for you!~

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    Oh wow, 2 weeks you have been there! You did see much and I especially like your off path tips. Gives me food for thought for a trip :-) The prices in Dresden are expensive! 20-50 Euro for the bus tour sounds ridiculously expensive! Sorry for your bad experience at the airport. We have a word for that behaviour of these people: service desert Germany.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    I thought the "Procession of the Dukes" was amazing and then you showed me the "Zwinger"! You really managed some beautiful shots of Dresden while you were there.

  • Bavavia's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    i sure wish i had time to get to dresden when i was in germany last month.. but just didnt have enough time... but at least i can visit via your page and pictures!!

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    nice to see a tip about the oldest zwunger in town !

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Dresden is among my favorite German cities. I was there several times with great pleasure. Thank you Bruce for refreshing my memory about it.

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