What to see in Dresden
The literary name of Dresden is Florence-on-Elbe, and for good reason. Dresden is famous for its vast cultural heritage. The city has a huge number of art values that are stored in numerous museums. And the fertile atmosphere of the city by creative people has always been perceived as a separate work of art.
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Sights of Dresden
Semper Opera House on Dresden Theater Square
The main attraction of Dresden is the Zwinger Palace. This 18th-century architecture building is considered the highlight of Saxon Baroque and the heritage of the kings of Saxony, who are also called Electors.
Particularly noteworthy is the Dresden Art Gallery, located in Zwinger, which houses one of the most unique collections of paintings in the world. One of the pearls of the Dresden Art Gallery is Rafael’s masterpiece – the Sistine Madonna.
An important attraction of Dresden is the Semper Opera, or as the Germans call it – Semperoper.
A special place in the architecture of Dresden is given to numerous churches, which differ not only in building styles, but also in religious directions. The most famous and distinguished among others are the Kreuzkirche Church, the Hofkirche Catholic Church and the Frauenkirche Gospel Church.
The unique attraction of the city is the “Princely Procession” Panel, or how the inhabitants of the city call it – Fürstenzug. This is the largest panel of Meissen porcelain tiles in the world. It depicts 35 Saxon rulers of the Vettin dynasty, which ruled continuously for 800 years.
One of the most visited symbols of Dresden is the Bruhl Terrace, which stretches along the famous Elbe River. Borulya Terrace is the Dresden embankment that extends from the Augustus Bridge to the Karola Bridge. Since the 19th century, the terrace is also called the “Balcony of Europe.” It offers a wonderful view of the opposite side of the Elbe.
Museums in Dresden
Panel “Princely procession”
Dresden is undoubtedly the cultural capital of Germany, because so many museums can not be found in any other city in the country. There are more than 30 museums, many of which are of global importance.
One of the largest and most visited museums in Dresden is the Military History Museum, which is located in the Albertstadt area.
Another famous city museum is the Dresden Armory, which houses the world-famous collection of ceremonial weapons, armor and historical textiles.
The most famous collection of treasures of Dresden is kept in the Green Arches Museum, also known as Grunes Gövölbe. This museum has the richest collection of jewels in Europe.
One of the largest and oldest museums in Dresden and throughout Europe is the Dresden Zoological Museum. The foundation of the museum was laid back in the 16th century, when the first interesting natural finds were collected in the Kunstkabinet of the reigning elector.
One of the original museums in Dresden is the German Museum of Hygiene, also known as the Museum of Man. The museum opened in 1912 as a national training center for hygiene.
Another interesting and frequently visited museum in Dresden is the Transport Museum, which presents rail transport, trams, aviation, water transport, cars, motorcycles and bicycles.
An unusual building is the Japanese Palace in Dresden. This is a Baroque building in the central part of the city, between Palace Square and the Neustadt coast of Elba. To date, there are three interesting museums in the Japanese Palace: the Museum of Ethnology, the Museum of Primitive History and the Zenckenberg Natural History Collection.