Fast Facts

  • Location: Located in Dresden in Germany.
  • Attraction Type: Palace.
  • Significance: A baroque complex, modeled on a Roman amphitheater and is surrounded by pavilions and galleries.
  • Best Time to visit: Can be visited throughout the year.
  • How to Reach: The best way to reach here is to come down to Dresden airport. Take a bus from the airport to reach the Zwinger.
  • Nearest International Airport:Dresden Airport (DRS).

It is a major German landmark and the most famous of Dresden. Yes, we are talking about The Zwinger Palace, also known simply as The Zwinger. A baroque complex, modeled on a Roman amphitheater and is surrounded by pavilions and galleries, Zwinger was commissioned by Augustus the Strong, elector of Saxony. As its name ‘Zwinger’ suggests, which means the outer ward of a concentric castle, there were cannons placed between the outer wall and the major wall of the palace. It was only after the construction of Semper wing, a neoclassical building by Gottfried Semper to host the Gemí¤ldegalerie Alte Meister art gallery when the Zwinger got enclosed. Currently, the palace houses some of the most valuable art collections including the china collection of August the Strong and some of the most important painting collections of the world.

Designed by architect Matthí¤us Daniel Píöppelmann in collaboration with sculptor Balthasar Permoser, the Zwinger was constructed between 1710 and 1728, though it was formally inaugurated in 1719, much before the final completion of construction work. It was the marriage ceremony of the electoral prince Frederick August to Archduchess Maria Josepha, the daughter of the Habsburg emperor. The palace has got six pavilions connected by large galleries, the most impressive of which are the Rampart Pavilion and the Glockenspiel Pavilion. The dramatic contrasts between the high pavilions and low arcades are too prominent. The rich sculpted and ornamented facades and gates are also the things to appreciate. Visiting the Zwinger Palace The biggest attraction of the Zwinger Palace is the Gemí¤ldegalerie Alte Meister art gallery. It has got a rich collection of fine art and scientific treasures. The paintings of Rubens, Canaletto, Raphael, and others are things to appreciate. The Rampart Pavilion is another attraction here topped by a statue of Hercules. Also, visit the Glockenspielpavilion.

While in the Zwinger, one thing that will always attract your attention is the Kronentor or Crown Gate. It is a baroque gate topped by a huge crown. The statues of nymphs and tritons in Nymphenbad are also quite attractive.

You can also visit Rí¼stkammer or the Historical Museum that houses a huge collection of weaponry from 15th to the 18th century. Other notable attractions include a porcelain collection at Porzellansammlung, a collection of scientific instruments at Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon.

You will find a number of options for accommodation while going to visit the Zwinger. Some of the hotels in Dresden could be listed as below:

Kempinski Grand Hotel
Rauschenberg 3
Dresden, 01067

Maritim Hotel
Ostra-ufer 2
Dresden, 01067

Hilton Dresden
An Der Frauenkirche 5
Dresden, 01067

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