City Guide


The rebirth of the Baroque dream city

For 450 years, the capital city of the State of Saxony has been renowned as an artistic gesamtkunstwerk. Marvelous historical buildings showcase Dresdens world-famous masterpieces. Many of the buildings have risen like a phoenix from the ashes: The Schloss with the treasures in its Green Vault, the Albertinum with a collection of art since the 19th century, or the Semperbaus Gallery of Old Masters. Amazingly, there is even space left for contemporary art, in the Kunsthalle in Lipsiusbau, in the Kunsthaus and the Motorenhalle.

Dresden classics - Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Semperbau and Porzellansammlung, Zwinger

A gesamtkunstwerk of truly world status: Zwinger houses the remarkable Saxon Prince Electors’ Porcelain Collection. Semperbau holds the painting collection which includes such masterpieces as Raphael’s "Sistine Madonna" < more >

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Dresden classics - Residenzschloss with Kupferstichkabinett

Valuable drawings, prints and photographs: Residenzschloss underwent reconstruction in the 1980’s. It is home to the Kupferstichkabinett, one of the world-wide most important prints collections < more >

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Dresden classics - Green Vault at the Residenzschloss

The most opulent treasure chest of Europe: This gesamtkunstwerk, originally commissioned by August the Strong, reopened in 2006. Curios collected by the Saxon Prince Electors and Kings can be found here < more >

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Dresden classics - Albertinum

Historical and contemporary positions in art: This famous museum reopened in 2010 after complete modernization. The collection includes paintings by Gerhard Richter and Caspar David Friedrich, as well as sculptures by Auguste Rodin < more >

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Inside tip Dresden - Kunsthalle in Lipsiusbau

Breathtaking art and architecture: This 19th century building has undergone a prizewinning renovation. Contemporary painters and photographers such as Jeff Wall and Martin Eder are exhibited here < more >

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Inside tip Dresden - Kunsthaus Dresden/Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst

Themed exhibitions: The institution’s thematic concept is to wed art and current social issues. German and regional artists are exhibited here alongside famous artists such as Takashi Murakami or Tony Oursler < more >

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Inside tip  Dresden - Motorenhalle

Artists on the way up: With 600 square meters, Motorenhalle provides ample space for mostly themed exhibitions. Four shows per year are complemented with performances and film evenings < more >

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Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Semperbau and Porzellansammlung, Zwinger (1), Residenzschloss with Kupferstichkabinett (2), Green Vault in the Residenzschloss (3), Albertinum (4), Kunsthalle in Lipsiusbau (5), Kunsthaus Dresden/Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst (6), Motorenhalle (7)