A Paradise on Earth
The Dresden Zwinger still shapes the city’s image to this day, reminding us of the glamorous baroque period like no other building. A courtly work of art was created between the city’s inner and outer fortifications at the behest of Augustus the Strong. The architectural project, favored over a simple orangery, was carried out by Matthaeus D. Poeppelmann und Balthasar Permoser. The planned extension to the palace was replaced by the Picture Gallery and Semper Opera House. The museums of the Dresden State Art Collections are now waiting to be discovered at the Zwinger: the Porcelain Collection, Old Masters Picture Gallery and the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments.From spring 2021, visitors will be able to discover the multimedia Zwinger Xperience, which will immerse them in a world of festivals, parades and drama with an exciting range of panoramic projections and virtual reality stations. What’s more, little orange trees give the Zwinger an extra Mediterranean charm from May to October.
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.