Overview

Overview of the Dresden Zwinger

Dresden Zwinger Site Map
Dresden Zwinger Site Map

The Wall Pavilion, the Nymphs’ Bath, the Arched Gallery – the architectural details of the Zwinger are as gorgeous as they are overwhelming in their diversity. We can let you know what you should pay special attention to. On our Dresden Zwinger Site Map you can see where the most important parts of the Zwinger are located.

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 that Augustus the Strong was wearing from 1697 to 1704.

The Nymphs' Bath

The Nymphs’ Bath in the Dresden Zwinger
The Nymphs’ Bath in the Dresden Zwinger

The Nymphs’ Bath lies hidden in the fortification wall behind the French Pavilion. Sculptor Balthasar Permoser had a substantial share in the design of this piece of trick fountain. It is regarded to be one of Europe’s most beautiful Baroque water features.

The Semper Wing

The Semper Wing of the Dresden Zwinger
The Semper Wing of the Dresden Zwinger

Die Elbe River side of the Zwinger remained open and undeveloped for long. Augustus the Strong planned to extend the estate down to the Elbe River bank ‒ which, however, remained his idea due to his financial situation It was only in 1855 that this part for the picture gallery closed by a building designed by Gottfried Semper. His two-floor building in the style of Italian High Renaissance with plastic decorations made bay several sculptors matches the architectural rhythm of the court-side Zwinger façade. Up to our day, the Semper Wing has been home of the »Old Masters« Picture Gallery.

The Glockenspiel Pavilion

The Glockenspiel Pavilion of the Dresden Zwinger
The Glockenspiel Pavilion of the Dresden Zwinger

Until 1933, the Glockenspiel Pavilion was called Town Pavilion for its position facing the town. It was only then that the glockenspiel was attached above Sophy’s Gate. Between 1933 and 1935, a simple monumental clock was added, so that at every quarter of an hour tunes are sounded, which were composed for that particular purpose by Professor Guenter Schwarze in 1994. In addition to that and depending on the season, well-known tunes can be heard at fixed times of the day.

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)
    »Forever true and honest be«, 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 is not played between January 6 to Wednesday before Easter.

Contact

The Dresden Zwinger

VERMIETUNGSANFRAGEN (Staatliche Schlösser, Burgen und Gärten Sachsen gGmbH)
E-Mail: zwinger@schloesserland-sachsen.de
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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

April to October
  • daily: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
November to December
  • daily: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
January to March
  • 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.