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Theaterplatz - Theatre square, Dresden: 11 reviews and 30 photos

  John and King John in front of Semperoper.
by Kakapo2

If you are at this square you are somehow in the centre of it all. Theaterplatz is surrounded by Semperoper, Zwinger, Schinkelwache, the castle (Residenzschloss), Hausmannsturm, the Johanneum, and on the backside is the Elbe with the jetty of the river cruise ships. And to Frauenkirche it is just a short stroll.

The square is rather huge and nearly empty, creating a fantastic space for big gatherings and happenings like the Dresdner Stadtfest which was coincidentally held on the weekend when we were there. The empty space and the distance make the listed attractions look a bit unreal, like models nailed onto a drawing board.

The square is dominated by the the massive monument of King Johann (John) mounted on a horse. King John was the King of Saxony from 1854 to 1873. He was obviously a very busy and intellectual man. He had a degree in literature, was a lyricist and playwright. Under a nom de plume he translated Dante?s Divina Commedia into German.

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  • Written Aug 28, 2008
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