Dresden - Royal Palace, a walk through the history and treasures of the city

Dresden Royal Palace

Perhaps the greatest exponent of the historical and cultural importance of the Dresden city, to the east of Germany, you find it in the Royal Palace, also know as Residential palace.

It will certainly be the impressive dome of the baroque church Frauenkirche what will catch your attention the most when you reach the Dresden historic centerbut it is in the Royal Palace where the most important treasures of its history are concentrated.

Located in the very center of the city, the Dresden Palace It has been the historic residence of electors and the kings of saxony.

Dresden Royal Palace

Starting from a Romanesque style tower that already existed, at the end of the 15th century the construction of the building began, in order to have an extension of the Renaissance style during the 16th century.

How could it be less, the black story of big fires in Dresden affected the Royal Palace, which was destroyed in 1701 for that reason.

That was when August the Strongthe main elector which has marked the monumental and cultural history of Dresden, I command to rebuild the palace, already in baroque style.

During the fire that followed the historic bombing of the city of Dresden during the WWII much of the building was almost completely destroyed.

Fortunately, the artistic works that once housed had been moved to a castle outside the city.

Courtyard of the Royal Palace in Dresden

Time passed until the Residential palace, which is how it is now known, was rebuilt again, and has been in the most recent decades, after the reunification of Germany, when the main works have been approached.

What to see in Dresden Palace

Now when you arrive at the large entrance courtyard to the palace, covered by a huge glass vault, with the intention of visiting it, you will find several options because it currently houses several museums and exhibition halls, including numismatics, prints, paintings and photographs.

I advise you to focus your visit, as I did, on the baroque chambers of the Treasury, also known as the Green Vault

Dresden Royal Palace Courtyard

It is one of the oldest museums in the world, dating back to the 17th century, when the aforementioned August the Strong decided to create his Treasury Chamber, which opened to visits later.

This museum consisted of eight rooms, five of which were almost completely destroyed during the 1945 bombing.

After the occupation of Dresden, the Russians confiscated the works of art that were in shelter, which returned to East Germany in 1959

Dresden Royal Palace Tower

It was in 2001 when it was decided to rebuild the museum, which was reopened to the public in 2004.

To make your visit you must cross a large armored door behind which you will find several rooms whose original decoration has been recovered.

Each of these rooms thematically group various objects and works of art. So you can see exquisite collections of works made in ivory, gold or silver, as well as, for example, copper shields.

Views from the tower of the Royal Palace in Dresden

One of the highlights of the visit is the Jewels Room with mirrors, and also the Bronze Hall with the walls covered in oak.

In Myself visit of Residential palace from Dresden I did not miss the opportunity to Climb the tower from it, from which you have alternative panoramic views to those of the dome of the Frauenkirche.

To get to the entrance of the tower you must go through a beautiful courtyard whose Renaissance decoration is being restored.

And I anticipate that you must climb 222 steps.

Opera House from the tower of the Royal Palace in Dresden

Schedules Royal palace Dresden

Here you have the detailed information of the Dresden Royal Palace and its museums, which in general are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., yes, with Mars as the closing day for visits.

Photos royal palace Dresden

Here you have more photos of the royal palace of Dresden and of the panoramic views from the top of its tower.

Video: Dresden, Germany: Green Vault and Armory (February 2020).