Situated in the heart of the Saxon state capital, the Dresden Zwinger ranks among Germany’s most well-known Baroque buildings of Germany and is, apart from the Church of Our Lady, certainly the most famous building monument in Dresden. It accommodates internationally renowned museums and is a place for staging music and theater performances.
The Dresden Zwinger – A Place for Treasures of World Renown
As a magnificent place for court festivities, Augustus the Strong had this Baroque piece of art created by the architect Matthaeus Daniel Poeppelmann to create the Zwinger and the sculptor Balthasar Permoser in the early 18th century.
With its world-famous collections, the impressive sandstone scenery harbors true treasures: In the »Old Masters« Picture Gallery, Raphael's Sistine Madonna casts a spell on visitors. The incredible number of masterpieces of Chinese, Japanese and Meissen porcelain in the Porcelain Collection go back to the collecting mania of Augustus the Strong. The »Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments«, the oldest museum of the Dresden Zwinger, is one of the world's most important museums of historical scientific instruments today.
History of the Dresden Zwinger
On behalf of Saxon Elector Augustus the Strong, a world-famous piece of Baroque art of architecture, sculpture and painting was created from 1709 on. Once started as an orangery, the Zwinger soon developed into an outstanding place of court festivals and representation culture.
Site Map of the Zwinger
The Dresden Zwinger is a a complex piece of Baroque art with its Crown Gate, the Nymphs' Bath, pavilions and the Semper Wing. Please refer to our site map to see what can be found where.
Museum and Exhibition
Since 1728, the Zwinger is home to invaluable collections, such as the Porcelain Collection and the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments. The Semper Wing was added on later to house the paintings of the Old Masters. Today, the exhibits are maintained by the Dresden State Art Collections and presented to the public.