Dresden is the capital city of the German state of Saxony. Located near the border of the Czech Republic, the city lies in the Elbe river valley. Since the medieval times, the city was known for being the residence of the Kings of Saxony. Here you can find lots of heritage sites and monuments that describe the significance of its glorious past. Our weekend trip to Dresden was quite fascinating and here I would like to share my views on some of the best places in the city.
- Dresden Frauenkirche
The Dresden Frauenkirche is an 18th century Lutheran church which is famous for its sacred architecture. The historic church was almost fully destroyed during the Second World War. The ruined building was extensively rebuilt and restored by 2005 and presently it has become the most-visited heritage attraction of the city. The cathedral has a large dome that has a height of around 96 meters. The interiors are designed with beautiful marble paintings.
- Green Vault
The historic Green Vault in Dresden is a specialty museum that is known for its collection of precious gems and diamonds. The place has a treasure chamber that preserves precious objects and gemstones discovered from different parts of the world. Most of the exhibits are a result of excavations carried out at historic sites. The museum has over 3000 antique jewelry items made of precious and semi-precious materials like gold, silver, ivory, and amber.
The Zwinger is yet another historic site in Dresden that attracts thousands of visitors every month. The museum complex of Zwinger was originally a palace which was constructed in the 18th century. Eventually, several changes and additions were made to the original structure. The place currently houses the Dresden Porcelain Collection, the Old Masters Picture Gallery, and a museum of scientific instruments and clocks. Our guided tour of the place was quite exciting and we got to learn many interesting facts about the royal history of the city.