Green Vault at the Residenzschloss

Dresden classics

Dresden City Guide: Green Vault at Residenzschloss
Blick in das Silbervergoldete Zimmer des Historischen Grünen Gewölbes (© Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden/Foto: David Brandt, 2010)


The Green Vault ranks among Europe’s most opulent art treasure troves.

Reopened in 2006, the Royal Palace’s absolute highlight is the historical Green Vault on the ground floor of the west wing. Here, what August the Strong once had designed as a Baroque gesamtkunstwerk (and as stated in the 1733 inventory list) has been rebuilt. In the Pretiosensaal, rarities collected by the Saxon Prince Electors and Kings gleam on gilded consoles set before mirrored walls. Tickets to visit what is probably Europe’s richest treasure chest (and it overflows with gold and silver jewelry, enamels inlaid with gems, ivory and mother of pearl) should be purchased well in advance. At the Neue Grüne Gewölbe, visitors enjoy a close view of filigree masterpieces such as a Baroque golden coffee service by created by Dinglinger, Jeweler to the Court of Saxony.

Green Vault at the Residenzschloss

Address: Taschenberg 2, Dresden, opening hours: Neues Grüne Gewölbe, Wed. – Mon. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Historisches Grüne Gewölbe, Wed. – Mon. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; please consult the Website for information about the opening hours on public holidays.

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)