Dresden Residential CastleWhere the Arts reside

Almost eight hundred years of history are reflected in the Saxon Residential Castle which was not only the royal seat but has also been the cultural center of the Saxon capital. Severely damaged in World War II, it has now been restored to its previous beauty and houses one of Europe’s greatest art collections, the Dresden State Art Collections. The Residential Castle is part of a museum complex of extraordinary European significance in which the famous Green Vault, the “Turkish Chamber” and the Giant’s Hall of the Armory, the Coin Cabinet and the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs – Germany’s oldest museum of graphic art – have found a worthy home.

The Great Castle Courtyard shows the artistic properties of the Sgraffito in an exemplary manner. The façades here have been richly decorated using this ambitious pebbledash method. The visitor’s lobby of the “Art Residence” is located in the Small Castle Courtyard whose Renaissance architecture is overarched by a bold roof construction which appears to be hovering above and is made of transparent plastic pillows.

Close by, another rather more precious material protects a unique mural on an outer wall from the adverse effects of time: 25,000 painted tiles made of Meissen porcelain © form the Procession of Princes, a 102-meter-long parade which depicts the rulers of the House of Wettin. On the other side of Saxony’s most famous mural is the Stable Courtyard, a building with a colonnade which was already an attraction of the city in the 16th century and which forms the backdrop of a romantic medieval Christmas market in December. The size and beauty of the castle can be seen best from the 100-meterhigh Hausmannsturm Tower with a platform affording visitors a fantastic panoramic view of the Old Town and the Elbe Valley below.

The almost 800-year-old Dresden Residential Castle is part of a museum complex of extraordinary European significance in which the famous Green Vault, the “Turkish Chamber”, the Armory, the Coin Cabinet and the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs - Germany's oldest museum of graphic art - have found a worthy home.

The visitor’s lobby of the “Art Residence” is located in the Small Castle Courtyard whose Renaissance architecture is overarched by a bold roof construction which appears to be hovering above and is made of transparent plastic pillows. Close by another precious material protects a unique mural on an outer wall from the adverse effects of time. 25,000 painted tiles made of Meissen porcelain form the Procession of Princes, a 102 meter long parade which depicts the rulers of the House of Wettin.

On the other side of Saxony’s most famous mural is the stable courtyard, a building with a colonnade which was already a tourist attraction of the city in the 16th century. Every year it forms the backdrop of a romantic medieval Christmas market in December. The size and beauty of the castle can be seen best from the 100 meter high Hausmannsturm tower with a platform affording visitors a fantastic panorama view of the Old Town and the Elbe Valley below.

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Contact

Residenzschloss Dresden
Taschenberg 2 | 01067 Dresden

Co-operating partner of State castles, palaces and gardens of Saxony.

Phone +49 (0) 351 4914-2000

E-Mail besucherservice@skd.museum

More information can be found at
www.skd.museum

Prices & Opening hours

  • schloesserlandPASS: reduced admission to exhibitions (except Historical Green Vault), free ascent to Hausmannsturm
  • Prices and opening times at www.skd.museum

Old Splendor in new glory