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Residenzschloss - Royal Palace, Dresden: 44 reviews and 108 photos

  The castle with Hausmannsturm and church (left).
by Kakapo2

The residence of the royals of Saxony, one of Europe?s most significant Renaissance castles, is very complex, and so much integrated in impressive surrounding buildings that sometimes you do not know what is part of the castle and what is not. It has three courtyards, and very precious portals, its own cathedral (Hofkirche), and a great viewing tower (Hausmannsturm). In the major courtyard (west wing) you can admire the most wonderful sgraffito paintings on the façades.

The castle was first mentioned in 1289. From 1548 it was built for Herzog Georg den Bärtigen (Duke George the Bearded) in Renaissance style. After the big city fire from 1701 the audience halls got Baroque interiors. Alterations were made from 1889 to 1901 in neo-Renaissance style ? just to last until the British bombs in February 1945 destroyed it completely.

Most of the reconstruction was completed in 2006 for the 800 year anniversary. The works had started 20 years earlier.

The most famous part of the castle is the Historisches und Neues Grünes Gewölbe, opened in 2004 and 2006. It holds fantastic art exhibits from the 16th to the 18th century, spectacularly presented. (The entrance is at Bärengarten, opposite Taschenbergpalais, in the western wing of the castle. Limited access. Tickets on www.dresden-tourist.de)

All museums in the castle are closed on Tuesday. On all other days open from 10am to 6pm. Info: www.skd-dresden.de

Address: Taschenberg 2 / Schloßstraße
Directions: In the historic Altstadt centre, between Sophienstraße, Theaterplatz, Schlossplatz, Augustusstraße and Neumarkt
Phone: 351 4914-2000
Website: http://www.skd-dresden.de

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 17, 2008
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