"The Green Rooms" Germany Things to Do Tip by iandsmith
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The New Green Vault and the Historic Green Vault museums, in the old Residenz palace, have been one of Dresden's biggest draws since their dramatic reopening in 2006.
A German lady who works in the Sydney consulate tipped me off as she had been there for the opening.
The New Green Vault, somewhat ironically, opened first in 2004 on the first floor of the palace and contains rooms of statuary and porcelain collected by Augustus the Strong and his progeny. The Dresden Green Diamond is especially noteworthy, a 41-carat wonder that is among the most valuable jewels in the world. There are many stunning pieces such as the depiction of a Chinese court in which so many precious items have been used as to defy description. Downstairs the big drawcard beckons, the Historic Green Vault is a painstakingly reconstructed, largely original-condition series of rooms that house Augustus's collections. It's a dizzying series of treasures, going from the reknowned Amber Cabinet through chambers filled with ivory and then porcelain, silver, and gold. Tickets for the Historic Vault are sold out months in advance, as only 100 people are allowed in per hour (and visitors must enter individually through an air-locked entrance that protects the exhibits from humidity and contamination). You can get a ticket on-the-spot each morning though if you are prepared to queue, ideally be there before 8.00am.
Open Wednesdays through Mondays 10 am to 6 pm.
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