I think this is a view of outside the Porcelain collection.
Augustus the Strong, who was also King of Poland built this masterpiece. It is modeled after Versailles and built in 1719.
Note: It is closed on Mondays.
This is the Zwinger fabulous fountains.
They are located at the West end and are called "Nymphenbad" which means Bath of Nymphs. It has graceful fountains and mythological figures made by Balthasai Permoser.
It reminded me of being in Rome at the Trevoli fountains.
The Zwinger Palace was designed by Matthaeus Daniel Poeppelmann in 1722, and became the main attraction in that city's rich cultural heritage. It was famous for its collection of works of art and scientific treasures. The Zwinger Palace was mostly destroyed by the bombing raids of February 13-15, 1945, but has been restored by today.
One of the main attractions in Dresden is the magnificent palace of Zwinger. It represents the most perfect example of Late Baroque architecture in Germany. Today the Zwinger houses several great exibits:
* Old Masters Picture Gallery
* Porcelain Collection
* Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon
* Zoological Museum
Der Zwinger - a beautiful building and courtyard right next to the Semper Oper. I would guess it's Baroque, but don't quote me on that. Yet, despise my ignorance, the place looked somewhat familiar: in fact it was inspired in its shape by Versailles in France. Der Zwinger plays host to several museums -two worth seeing are the historical museum (if you want to lean about Dresden's tragical history) and the art museum, with paintings by Raphael, Tintoretto, van Dyck, Vermeer, Dürer, and Rembrandt
This is a complex of buildings in baroque style sorrounding a garden with fountains. It was originally built for tournaments and as a court pleasure garden, but was actually used for various purposes. It now houses the
Old Masters gallery (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister): really worth visiting, with a lot of italian masters paintings, such as Carracci, Raffaello, and also German, as the romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich.
Following the tragic flooding, many of fountains and magnificent waterworks at the Rampart Pavillion were destroyed. But nevertheless you can still enjoy the magnificent architecture of the Rampart Pavilion - also known as Wallpavilion.
There are many statues - many taken from the Greek myth of the Golden Apples of Hesperides.
The left of the Zwinger there is a long galleries housing famous collection of porcelain from Far East and also from Meissen. Atop one of the building is a beautiful clock also made by the Meissen porcelain. You can also see the two knives - swords!! which is also the emblem of the Meissen. also the emblem of Saxony royalty
Zwinger is the located at the south side of the Theaterplatz. The name Zwinger came from the site behind the town forifications. The construction of the Zwinger started since early 1700s. It used to tbe an open air ballroom (the square) and was an arena for parties and unique receptions. There is also the Salon of Maths and Physics - there is a huge old clock collections there and another long gallery houses a huge porcelain collection.
The picture of the Crown Gate, Kronentor is a famous landmark of Dresden
The Zwinger is both palace and park and was designed by the architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann. It is an area used for these fantastic festivities, that August the Strong used to like!
Nowadays there are still concerts given in the Zwinger - which should be very romantic!
Ok, this one is a real MUST. I mean you can not afford to miss it! Built in Baroque style (not for nothing Dresden is known as the Baroque gem), it houses one of the world's most famous museums - the Old Masters Gallery. From the architectural point of view, fountains and grottoes, arches and sculptures provide for a great sightseeing outing.
As always, the local monarchs lent us, tourists, a helping hand. It were Augustus the Strong and Augustus
III who thought (so conveniently!) to bring many masterpieces to a single place. Here's just a brief list of artists you can get to know: Veronese (the paintings were made during the last epoche of Renaissance in Italy), Tintoretto, Raphael (remember the Virgin of Sistine? It's there, in the Old Masters gallery of Dresden), Botticelli, Rubens, Vermeer ('A Girl with a letter' among others), Durer ('The portrait of a Young Man' is worth mentioning), Poussin, Murillo, Velasquez ('Juan Mateos'), El Greco
The Zwinger palace is a symbol of Dresden, and despite being completely destroyed in WWII, it was rebuilt during the 1960's and refurbished over the years to its original splendor.
Closely connected to the fascinating ensemble of classic buildings; enjoy the breath-taking view when you enter the building.
It´s near the Theaterplatz and the Semperoper. Unfortately I had very bad weather than I took this picture. Normally its a beutiful old building with a great park around.