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Dresdner Zwinger Dresden

Dresdner Zwinger Dresden
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last update on May 2, 2024
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There is also a Glockenspiel pavilion in the Dresden Zwinger.
© Dresden Media Lizenz - Patrick Eichler There is also a Glockenspiel pavilion in the Dresden Zwinger.

The Dresdner Zwinger is located in the heart of Dresden and is considered one of the most impressive Baroque architectural masterpieces and one of the most visited attractions in the Dresden Old Town. The layout of the complex is designed symmetrically and enchants visitors with its intricate architectural details and sculptures.


The Zwinger Gardens are meticulously designed and surround the main building. They are laid out in Baroque style and feature terraces, lawns, flowerbeds, and fountains. Taking a stroll through these splendid Baroque gardens adorned with sculptures and statues is a delightful experience.


The Dresdner Zwinger is regarded as one of the most stunning examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. The complex comprises several buildings arranged around a spacious courtyard. The facades are adorned with statues, reliefs, and ornate decorations, while pavilions and galleries encompass the courtyard.

Museum / Art Collections

The Zwinger houses several significant museums and art collections, including the "Old Masters Picture Gallery," the "Porcelain Collection," and the "Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments." The "Sculpture Collection" at the Zwinger also showcases an impressive variety of works from different periods. From ancient statues to Baroque sculptures, it provides insight into the history of sculpture.


Cultural events also take place within the palace grounds. During the summer, concerts and performances are regularly held, allowing visitors to experience the unique atmosphere of this historic site. Additionally, the Zwinger provides space for temporary exhibitions.

Historical Information

Nowadays, many events take place in the Dresden Zwinger.
© Dresden Media Lizenz - Sylvio Dittrich Nowadays, many events take place in the Dresden Zwinger.

Construction of the Dresden Zwinger began in 1709 under the direction of architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann. Originally planned as a fortress, the Zwinger was expanded multiple times over the centuries and transformed into a magnificent palace complex to meet the growing demands of the Saxon court. During World War II, the Zwinger suffered heavy damage but was subsequently rebuilt in its entirety.

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How to get there

The Dresden Zwinger by night.
© Dresden Media Lizenz - Sylvio Dittrich The Dresden Zwinger by night.

By Car: The Dresden Zwinger is located in close proximity to the city center and is well signposted. There are several parking options in the vicinity, including the parking garage at the Zwinger, which is located right next to the complex.

By Public Transportation: Dresden has a well-developed public transportation network, making it easy to reach the Dresden Zwinger. The "Theaterplatz" stop is directly across from the Zwinger, making it a convenient option.


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