Getting around

Tour around the Zwinger premises

The Crown Gate

The most well-known entrance to the Zwinger is its Crown Gate. In terms of architecture, it adopts the style of Italian high baroque. At its top, four Polish eagles carry the replica of the Polish royal crown. They remind us of Augustus the Strong having not only been Saxon Elector but also King of Poland. 

The Nymphs' Bath

The Nymphs’ Bath is located within the former fortification wall behind the French Pavilion. Balthasar Permoser once lent his hand to the completion of one of the most beautiful baroque water features consisting of fountains, grottoes and sculptures. 

The Semper Wing

It was not until 1855 that the Dresden Zwinger was closed off towards the Elbe River by Gottfried Semper’s building, a two-story construction in the style of Italian High Renaissance decorated by artwork of various sculptors. It accommodates the Old Masters Picture Gallery and the Armory.

The Glockenspiel Pavilion

It was probably on 6 December 1933 when a porcelain glockenspiel, which had first been presented to the press on the occasion of the Dresden Hygiene Exhibition in 1930, was placed at the Sophientor (Sophy’s Gate). Since then, the pavilion has been called the Glockenspiel Pavilion. The glockenspiel used to play several melodies around midday every day. 

Between 1933 and 1935, a simple monumental clock was added to the glockenspiel. Today, the glockenspiel sounds every quarter of an hour, playing the Hour-striking Tunes by Professor Guenter Schwarze (an original composition for the Dresden Glockenspiel, 1994). Additionally, depending on the season, well-known tunes are chimed at special clock times.

Tunes of the Meissen porcelain glockenspiel

Spring

  • 10:15am
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
    »Spring« from the »Four Seasons«
  • 02:15pm
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786 - 1826)
    »We wind round thee the bridal wreath« from „The Marksman«
  • 06:15pm
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
    2nd movement from »A Little Serenade«

Summer

  • 10:15am
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
    »Summer« from the »Four Seasons« 
  • 02:15pm
    Johann Adolf Hasse (1699 -1783)
    »Country Dance« (originally for violin and basso continuo)
  • 06:15pm
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
    »A Cuddly Wife«, tune from »The Magic Flute«
  • 10:15pm
    »There is no land more beautiful«

Fall

  • 10:15am
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
    »Fall« from the »Four Seasons« 
  • 02:15pm
    Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
    »Norwegian Sailors’ Chorus« from »The Flying Dutchman«
  • 06:15pm
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786 - 1826)
    »Huntsmen’s Chorus« from »The Marksman«

Winter

  • 10:15am
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
    »Winter« from the »Four Seasons« 
  • 02:15pm
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 -1750)
    »Pastorale« from the »Christmas Oratorio«
  • 06:15pm
    Engelbert Humperdinck (1854 - 1921)
    »Evening Prayer« from »Hansel and Gretel«

The glockenspiel does not sound from 6 January to the Wednesday before Easter.

Contact

The Dresden Zwinger

BESUCHERSERVICE MUSEEN (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden)
Telefon: + 49 (0)351 49142000
besucherservice@skd.museum

VERMIETUNGSANFRAGEN (Staatliche Schlösser, Burgen und Gärten Sachsen gGmbH)
E-Mail: zwinger@schloesserland-sachsen.de
Telefon: +49 (0) 351 4383703 12

Theaterplatz | 01067 Dresden

Museen: +49 (0)351 49142000<br>Vermietung: +49 (0)351 438370312
Museen: besucherservice@skd.museum<br>Vermietung: zwinger@schloesserland-sachsen.de (Vermietung)

Admission & opening hours

Admission:

  • Full rate 10,00 EUR
  • Reduced rate 7,50 EUR
Free admission to the inner courtyard and the exterior premises of the Dresden Zwinger all year round. Ticket rates for the following museums may be found on the homepage of the Saxon State Art Collections:
  • Old Masters Picture Gallery
  • Porcelain Collection
  • Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments

Opening hours

January to March
  • daily: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
April to October
  • daily: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
November to December
  • daily: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
The opening hours of the museums may be found on the homepage of the Saxon State Art Collections. 

Subject to modifications.