Dresden Residential CastleThe residence of art
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.