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Church Hofkirche Dresden

Church Hofkirche Dresden
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The cathedral is the youngest baroque building in Dresden.
© Dresden Media Lizenz - Florian Kneffel The cathedral is the youngest baroque building in Dresden.

The Dresden "Hofkirche", also known as the Catholic Court Church of the Holy Trinity, is one of the most impressive architectural landmarks in Dresden. With nearly 4,800 square meters, it is also the largest church building in Saxony. As a masterpiece of the Baroque style, this magnificent church attracts thousands of visitors annually.


The architecture of the Dresden Court Church is a beautiful example of the Baroque style. The facade is made of sandstone and adorned with numerous sculptures, statues, and decorations. The church's two towers are particularly striking and soar high into the sky. The larger tower, also known as the "Bell Tower," houses one of Europe's largest bells, the "Bell of St. George." The smaller tower, the "Lantern Tower," contains an observation platform from which visitors can enjoy a great view of the city and the surrounding landscape.

Inside the Church, you will find a magnificent interior. The church is home to numerous elaborate altars, paintings, and sculptures. The splendid pulpit and the intricate wall paintings complete the ambiance of the interior. If you want to learn more about the history, architecture, and cultural treasures of the church, it is recommended to book a guided tour with an experienced guide.


The "Hofkirche" in Dresden is not only used for religious purposes but also for cultural events. In addition to exhibitions, concerts are regularly held here, including organ concerts, choir concerts, and orchestra concerts. The acoustics and atmosphere of the church create a unique setting. 

Historical Information

The Church was designed in the 18th century by the Italian architect Gaetano Chiaveri.
© Dresden Media Lizenz - Frank Exß The Church was designed in the 18th century by the Italian architect Gaetano Chiaveri.

The Dresden Court Church also has historical significance for the city. The church was once the court church of the Saxon kings and electors and served as the center of the Catholic faith in a predominantly Protestant region.

The history of the Church begins in the 18th century when Elector Friedrich August II of Saxony commissioned the construction of a Catholic church. The renowned architect Gaetano Chiaveri was entrusted with designing the Court Church. The construction of the church began in 1739 and was not fully completed until 1751.

During World War II, the cathedral was heavily damaged. It took several decades to rebuild and restore the church. The reconstruction work was completed in 1980. Today, the church is not only a place of prayer and devotion but also a symbol of reconciliation and peace.

How to get there

If you are arriving by car, you can take the A4 motorway. Follow the signs towards Dresden city center and drive into the downtown area. Parking spaces are limited in the vicinity, but there are several parking garages nearby, such as the "Altmarkt" car park or the "Semperoper" car park.

It is also possible to book a city tour of Dresden that includes the "Hofkirche" on the route. These tours provide a convenient way to explore the city and its most significant locations while a guide provides interesting information.


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