Royal Palace, Dresden

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    A Touch of Italy – „Elbflorenz“

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 17, 2008

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    This is a very special feature of the castle.

    The neo-Baroque bridge connects the eastern wing of Taschenbergpalais with the southern wing of the castle. It was built during the big make-over of the castle between 1889 and 1901.

    Another such bridge connects the castle and the cathedral.

    The area around those bridges is called Piazzetta, a clear indication that it reminds a lot of Italy. Dresden’s byname is Elbflorenz, meaning: Florence on the Elbe.

    I just imagine August the Strong sneaking to his mistress in Taschenbergpalais via this bridge ;-) But - stop: The bridge was added long after this episode of royal love affairs... ;-)))

    Connecting Taschenbergpalais and the castle.
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    The Castle Tower - Schlossturm (Hausmannsturm)

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 17, 2008

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    Hausmannsturm with its Baroque dome and the open so-called lantern on top of it, is the castle’s tower and offers are great view of Dresden. 100 metres high, it looks like a bit out of touch with the dimensions of the other features of the castle. Until 1945 it was Dresden’s highest tower.

    It was built from 1674 to 1676, the architect was Wolf Caspar von Klengel.

    The name refers to the tower-keeper (“Türmer” or “Hausmann”). In modern German a “Hausmann” is a stay-at-home man who looks after the household and the kids.

    As said, you can walk up to a viewing platform.

    The tower is open from April to November from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Tuesday.

    Admission 2.50 Euro.

    Hausmannsturm (right) and cathedral balustrade.
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    Königlich-Sächisches Residenzschloss - The Castle

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 17, 2008

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    The residence of the royals of Saxony, one of Europe’s most significant Renaissance castles, is very complex, and so much integrated in impressive surrounding buildings that sometimes you do not know what is part of the castle and what is not. It has three courtyards, and very precious portals, its own cathedral (Hofkirche), and a great viewing tower (Hausmannsturm). In the major courtyard (west wing) you can admire the most wonderful sgraffito paintings on the façades.

    The castle was first mentioned in 1289. From 1548 it was built for Herzog Georg den Bärtigen (Duke George the Bearded) in Renaissance style. After the big city fire from 1701 the audience halls got Baroque interiors. Alterations were made from 1889 to 1901 in neo-Renaissance style – just to last until the British bombs in February 1945 destroyed it completely.

    Most of the reconstruction was completed in 2006 for the 800 year anniversary. The works had started 20 years earlier.

    The most famous part of the castle is the Historisches und Neues Grünes Gewölbe, opened in 2004 and 2006. It holds fantastic art exhibits from the 16th to the 18th century, spectacularly presented. (The entrance is at Bärengarten, opposite Taschenbergpalais, in the western wing of the castle. Limited access. Tickets on www.dresden-tourist.de)

    All museums in the castle are closed on Tuesday. On all other days open from 10am to 6pm. Info: www.skd-dresden.de

    The castle with Hausmannsturm and church (left).
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    Needs to be viewed from many angles

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    The main photo shows the west wing of the castle viewed from Theater Platz and it was this view that led me to consider it 'not so palatial.' From here it doesn't look very impressive but the towers and cupolas are a hint and when you actually get round to the Schloss Platz entrance you get a look at the more imposing interior courtyard. Here, all the facades have been meticulously restored and decorated with 'sgraffito', resulting in the white, plaster cast-gilding appearance of the walls. Above it all is the black cupola of the Hausmann Tower ( which can be climbed for panoramic views ) and entry is via the multi-gabled and exquisite, Renaissance Georgenbau Palace.

    The outbuildings of the Palace have been restored as well and the stable yard or Johanneum is now open to the public. The Transport Museum is located here and it's also used as a market place. When we passed the Christmas Market was in full swing ( photo 2) and of the three Christmas Markets I saw in Dresden this one certainly had the most impressive location.

    West wing of the palace, viewed from Theater Platz Christmas Market in the Royal Stables
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    The Royal Palace

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 18, 2007

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    At the entrance to the Old Town. The walls of the beautiful interior court are decorated with the heads of animals, proving the hunting passion of the dukes of Saxonia. On the exterior wall is the famous mural "Fürstenzug".

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  • Residenzschloss and other stuff in the old town

    by sabsi Updated Jul 6, 2006

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    Dresden's old town is one of the nicest areas I have ever seen in Germany. It's not large, rather small actually, you will have seen everything from the outside on an hour walk.

    It's not even old, almost everything was destroyed during the terrible air raids of WWII in just one night in 1945. Most of the buildings are rebuilt. You wouldn't realise if you didn't know this though...

    Let me take you on a photographic walk around the old town. Just to give you an impression on what to see here I have added some pictures here for you. I don't even know every building on the pictures or much about it ... Sometimes it's just too nice to just enjoy the views and not read about what you are seeing...

    The royal palace is still under reconstruction these days. However, around it there are some very scenic spots for picture taking like this bridge between the castle and the cathedral.

    Connection between castle and cathedral A long mural leading to the Frauenkirche A long mural leading to the Frauenkirche Hotel Taschenbergpalais, one of the cheapest ;) Cosel Palais

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    Residenzschloss

    by Leipzig Updated Sep 24, 2005

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    This Royal Palace was first mentioned in 14th century. After completely destruction by a fire August the Strong rebuilt it in 1701. Between 1899-1901 the building was rebuilt in Neo-Renaissance-style. Heavy destroyed in World War Two the Royal Palace has been started to rebuild in 1985 and is supposed to be finished in 2006.
    I was working here in 2005 for two weeks in order to transcript old weather data. Had the chance to visit even parts of places ordianry tourists cannot see. However, highlight was the "Grünes Gewölbe" as well as the great view from the tower.

    Royal Palace inner court; still much to do ... - pic taken in s inner court view from the tower inner court view from the tower the tower by night
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    Royal palace and Hausman tower.

    by hundwalder Updated Jun 11, 2005

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    Dresden Altstadt is filled with magnificent renaissance and baroque architecture. Most of it is located within 200 meters of the Elbe River, and can easily be seen on foot. Details on the Royal palace later.

    Dresden is perfect to visit in conjunction with Prague. The cities are 100 km. apart by highway and autobahn or rail. The scenery all along the route is spectacular, and there are many fascinating places to stop if you have the time.

    royal palace & tower
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  • The Residenzschloss

    by KituAdventures Written Jan 12, 2005

    The recently restored Residenzschloss is the centrepeice of Dresden's old town, with its trademark tower risins beside the Hofskirche. It was here that the Saxon electors once dwelt. Alas, the interior is closed while the treasures of the Green Vault are moved in, but one can still admire the multifaceted facade, including this section, from the 18th century, enclosing a courtyard once used for jousting tournaments.

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    Residenzschloss (Royal Palace)

    by Gillianina Written Feb 25, 2003

    A palace was already standing in the XIV
    century. At the end of the XV century a new castle was raised. After being destroyed by a fire in 1701, it was rebuilt during the reign of August the strong.
    Between 1899 and 1901 great works in Neorenaissance style were done. In the Second World War the palace was destroyed. Since 1985 the reconstruction has
    been in progress and will be finished in 2006. (for the 800 anniversary of the city of Dresden).

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    Climb the Hausmannsturm

    by Bigs Written Aug 24, 2002

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    This tower is part of the castle and part of the museum in there. Entrance fee is 3,50 Euros for adults! From the top you have a lovely view over the Altstadt. Afterwards you can also have a look at the exhibitions on the other floors...

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    Residenz Schloss

    by el_ruso Written Nov 30, 2006

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    The building of the royal castle is a fine rennaisance structure. The tower was rebuilt after the reunification of Germany. The building was still being repaired during my visit.

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    the Stallhof

    by tini58de Updated Dec 28, 2002

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    the Stallhof used to be the stables of the palace, but now it is a very wonderful building with a fascinating fassade.
    Please note the tower of the cathedral in the background of the picture.

    the Stallhof

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    Stallhof

    by Bigs Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    The 'backyard' of the castle. It has been the place for horsegames...... The painted arcades are a must see I would say!!!

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    The Castle

    by Bigs Written Aug 24, 2002

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    It´s still being rebuild after it was totally ruined in World War II. It´s interesting to see both sides.....

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