Hausmannsturm or Hausmann Tower is a part of the Royal palace and has a viewing platform, from where visitors have a great view over Dresden's historic center.
Access to the Hausmann tower is via the Royal Palace. You can climb the steps to the top. I haven’t been there – may be next time…
The Stallhof with its riding and jousting track is located behind the Johanneum. It was probably designed by Govanni Maria Nosseni at the end of the 16th century. The 100 m hall with its Tuscan columns architecture displays the coat of the Saxon states.
The Stallhof is one of the few remaining artifacts of the glittering renaissance era in Dresden. As the venue for "courtly tournaments" in which competitors had to display skill and sportsmanship, it still attracts visitors today.
The Stallhof is somewhat overshadowed by the famous Dresden building, the "Kurfürstliche Reissige Stall". But it is nonetheless one of the last remaining buildings from Dresden's glittering renaissance era. Even at the time of its construction it attracted a great deal of praise.
It was completed in 1591 under the Elector Christian I., and the Stallhof served as the venue for courtly tournaments, coursing and jousting. Two bronze pillars designed by Giovanni Maria Nosseni are reminders of this courtly display of skill, in which competitors tried to spear a suspended ring with a lance.
The Langer Gang (long corridor), a long arcaded open structure, connects the Johanneum with the Georgenbau, the central building of the Royal Palace. It was constructed in the 16th century as part of the palace's Stallhof (stables courtyard) to house the horses.
White painted Tuscan columns decorated with hunting trophies support the elegant structure which is decorated with sgraffito and Saxon coats-of-arms. The almost 100 meter long arcade flanks a courtyard was used to hold jousting tournaments. Spectators could watch the spectacle from the Langer Gang.
The Georgentor Gate was built in 1535. It was the first Renaissance building in Dresden, originally was the town’s fortress’ exit to the river Elbe.
The Georgentor was the first part of the Schloss to be restored after the war (1964-69).
There is a Renaissance doorway from the original building at the west side. The sculptural decoration, including the equestrian statue of Duke George, was the work of Christian Behrens.
The oldest part of the Royal Palace is the Georgenbau, a beautiful sandstone building in renaissance style. The building features the Hausmann Tower.
Seufzerbrücke or Seufzer Bridge reminded me the Bridge of Sighs in Venice Seufzerbrücke is a Dresden's version of this famous Venice Bridge. It connects the Royal Castle and the Hofkirche.
You can watch my 4 min 23 sec Video Dresden in August of 2002 out of my Youtube channel.
The strengthened town-planning achieves the apogee during board of August Strong (1694-1733) and his son Fridrih August II (1733-1763).
Dresden was built up with brilliant buildings in style of a baroque and became the cultural center of the European level.
In 1806 king Fridrih August I declares Dresden as the royal capital and the residence. After formation in 1871 of the German Empire Dresden experiences the second rise of building activity.
The city is still being restored after destructions of the last war. 65 years passed, but ruins are still visible in the old city. For 15 years while I observed restoration of Dresden, there were significant transformations. I admire persistence of Germans!
You can watch my 6 min 03 sec Video Dresden Altstadt in November of 1995 out of my Youtube channel.
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.
Dresden Castle or Dresdner Residenzschloss is one of the oldest buildings in Dresden and has been the residence over more than seven centuries of the Electors (1547–1806) and Kings from the House of Wettin (1806–1918) of Saxony. One of the most fascinating qualities of the castle is the multitude of architectural styles found in it, from Baroque to Neo-renaissance.
Today you can find several museums in the castle: Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe), Armoury, Copperplate Engraving Cabinet (Kupferstichkabinett), Coin Cabinet (Münzkabinett), Middle Ages Section of the Sculpture Collection (Skulpturensammlung).
The Royal Palace has been one of Germany's most important and beautiful Renaissance, later Baroque style buildings for centuries. It was destroyed in WWII, but is under reconstruction which will take at least until 2013 (optimistic version).
You can already visit the Hausmann tower from where you have the best view (at least in my opinion) of Dresden's old town. It also offers views of the big courtyard of the Royal Palace (still under reconstruction, but not far from completion) with beautiful sgraffito decorated facades - and you can have a close look at the huge sculptures on the roof of the Cathedral. On one of the floors of the tower the State Art Collections show a small but nice exhibit of coins. On another floor you can see a small but very moving exhibit about the destruction of the city in 1945 (reports from survivors).
You are free to wander around in the restored smaller courtyard which is enclosed with a glass roof - an interesting modern structure. The courtyard still has the Renaissance atmosphere from centuries ago (loggia!). Also, have a look into the building and see the remains of the original sgraffiti on the ground floor.
A number of departments of the State Art Collections already opened exhibits in the Royal Palace: The Collection of Prints and Drawings with more than a half million pieces one of the largest and most important worldwide, both the Historical and New Green Vaults and the Turkish chamber. There is also a picture gallery with the portraits of the Saxon rulers on the second floor. And the Baroque English staircase is finished. From time to time special exhibitions are on display in different parts of the Palace.
Don't miss the "Stallhof", the former stable and place for knight's tournaments (jousting yard). The yard breathes Italian Renaissance atmosphere with arcades, Tuscan style pillars and sgrafitti. At its front outside at Augustusstrasse you see the "Fürstenzug" (procession of princes). It is a 101 meters long genealogical gallery of Saxony's Royal family Wettin, made of Meissen porcelain tiles 1906/07 (originally a sgrafitto work 1872/76).
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
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.
This incredible collection of jewelleries is definitely a "must see" in Dresden. Most of the pieces were created in 16th to 18th centuries.
Some of the unique masterworks of art were made by the Dinglinger brothers, e.g. the Golden Coffee Set (1701) and the "Royal Court in Delhi at Grand Mogul Aureng Zeb's Birthday" (1701-08) - (picture 1). The latter consists of 137 figures with more than 3000 diamonds, rubins, smaragds and pearls.
For decades after WWII there had been a temporary exhibition in the Albertinum which was closed when the pieces were moved to the Royal Palace some years ago. The historical (original) rooms in the Royal Palace were restored and reopened, too. This tip is about the NEW Green Vault. It is located on the Royal Palace's second floor in modern style designed rooms. About 40% of the pieces are on display here, for the rest you'll have to go the Historic Green Vault.
A personal opinion: The pieces displayed in the New Green Vault are definitely masterpieces of craftmanship and IMO of even higher quality/more interesting than those in the Historical Green Vault ... but it takes too much time to watch each one and take all in what you see. So you may leave the exhibition tired if you try to see everything. Pick the most famous pieces only.
My favourite pieces are the two mentioned above, of course, the carved cherry stones, the reticulated glass plate, the naturally green diamond.
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.
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... ;-)))
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.
This neo-Baroque bridge, darker and a bit duller than the one that connects Taschenbergpalais and castle, is located between the northern wing of the castle (called Elbflügel) and the cathedral St. Trinitatis.
Like the other one it was built during the overhaul of the castle between 1889 and 1901. In the background you see Georgenbau and Hausmannsturm.