How to visit and climb the dome of the Frauenkirche church in Dresden

Frauenkirche church in the Neumarkt square of Dresden

If there is a monument that will impress you during your Dresden visit, to the east of Germany, is without a doubt the Frauenkirche.

That is the name of the imposing baroque architectural style church who chairs the Neumarkt square, the most important of the reconstructed historical center.

But beyond the majesty of its architecture, when you know the most recent history of this church you will be really impressed by this sample of the capacity of reconstruction of the Germans after the WWII.

Dome of the Frauenkirche church in the Neumarkt square of Dresden

It shouldn't surprise you that in Dresden, city known as the Florence of the Elbe, you can see monuments as majestic as the baroque church Frauenkirche.

History of the Dresden Frauenkirche

Its origins date back to a small hermitage of the eleventh century, which in later centuries had various reforms, after the Protestant Reformation happen to be used as church cemetery.

Finally, at the beginning of the 18th century, given the great deterioration of the Gothic building that then suffered the Frauenkirche, it was decided to build a completely new baroque church.

In 1743 the new building that was constructed with sandstone was completed, becoming the largest of these characteristics north of the Alps.

Dresden Frauenkirche church organ

With square exterior shape and four turrets in the corners, the large dome of the Frauenkirche It was supported on eight large pillars so that it looked like a large bell.

By its configuration, the Dresden church had great resemblance to other great churches like Hagia Sophia in Istanbul or Saint Mary of Health in Venice

How the Frauenkirche was destroyed in World War II

Key moment in the history of the Frauenkirche it happened during the World War IIl, when on February 15, 1945, after the great fire caused by the bombing of British and Americans, the walls of the church completely gave way, leaving a mass of rubble.

While it seems that no bomb hit the building, its location in it Dresden's historic center intensely bombarded by the allies and the subsequent fire, led to one of the city's charismatic buildings being destroyed.

Dome of the Frauenkirche church

After the establishment of the German Democratic Republic, and after a first attempt to rebuild the building, in the absence of funding, it was finally decided to conserve the mass of rubble in the city center as a way of memorial war memorial.

After the fall of Berlin Wall and in parallel to the German reunification process, during the 90s the project of rebuild the Frauenkirche, whose first stone was laid in March 1994.

How is the new Dresden Frauenkirche

It was a collective project with popular financing, and since the donations received exceeded what was initially expected, the new Frauenkirche It was completed in spring 2005.

Of course, the most modern technologies and materials were used in construction, which became a reason for criticism.

Final stretch of ascent to the dome of the Dresden Frauenkirche

A part of the stones used in the construction were recovered from the debris of the church destroyed in the war, after the corresponding cataloging.

This is not the case of the dome stones, all new and also sandstone Saxony.

Note that the current organ is a replica of the original organ of Silbermann of 1736.

Of the eight bells of the current church, seven are newly cast, but one of them is from the original bells. Founded in 1526, it was preserved by being in another church when the bombing of the city took place.

On the other hand, the paintings inside the dome were also restored following the design of the original paintings, based on slides.

Dome of the Frauenkirche church

Now at present the Frauenkirche church It is one of the greats Dresden tourist attractions, having already been visited by millions of tourists since its reopening.

Of course there are also religious services, but it is worth mentioning concert schedule which takes place throughout the year, a great attraction for those who visit this German city.

How to climb the dome of Frauenkirche

In this regard, my advice is that, if possible, the Frauenkirche be the first visit you make in Dresden.

Specifically you have the possibility of climb to the dome terrace from where you have excellent panoramic views of this German city.

For climb to the dome of the Frauenkirche you must access independently that inside the church, which allows you to make this visit at times when said interior can be closed to visitors for religious services or concerts.

Views from the dome of the Dresden Frauenkirche

Specifically, you have to go to the G gate, on the northeast facade of the building, where you will take the first section by elevator.

Then you will access the dome area, where you will ascend a ramp that goes around it.

In the final section you will have to climb a narrow and very steep staircase that will take you to the outside terrace; I anticipate that in total you will have uploaded 222 steps

What to see from the terrace of the Dresden Fraunkirche

The terrace is 67 meters high from the base, with a total building height of 91 meters.

Views from the dome of the Dresden Frauenkirche

There you will have panoramic views of the Elbe river in its passage through the city, as well as outstanding corners of it.

Specifically in the foreground you have the Residential palace, the catholic cathedral, the building of the Opera Semperoper wave Bruhl Terrace next to the river.

Schedules visit Dresden Frauenkirche

The schedules to visit the Dresden Frauenkirche They are usually from Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In general you can attend organ concerts on Saturdays and Wednesdays at 8 pm and on Sundays at 3 pm, and you can also sign up for guided tours of the Frauenkirche.

Views from the dome of the Dresden Frauenkirche

Schedules to climb the dome of the Frauenkirche

The schedules to climb the dome of the Frauenkirche They are, from March to October, from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 12.30 p.m.

In July and August on Fridays and Saturdays you can climb up to 19 hours, and instead during the rest of the year the closing time is at 16 hours.

Prices dome of the Frauenkirche

He price of admission It is 8 euros per person, and 4 euros for children aged 6 to 16, students, unemployed and pensioners.

Frauenkirche church in the Neumarkt square of Dresden

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