Dresden Castle or Dresden's Royal Palace is one of the oldest buildings in Dresden, Germany. For almost 400 years, it became residence of the electors (1547–1806) and kings (1806–1918) of Saxony of the Albertine line of the House of Wettin. The castle is known for the various architectural styles designed, from Baroque to Neo-renaissance. Today, the castle serves as a museum complex that contains the Historic and New Green Vault, the Numismatic Cabinet, the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs and the Dresden Armory with the Turkish Chamber. It also houses an art library and the management of the Dresden State Art Collections.
Dresden Castle, the Museum Complex
1. The Historic Green Vault and the New Green Vault
The objects in the Historic Green Vault at Dresden Castle are organized by theme. The first room shows off an amber cabinet with exquisitely carved drawers. In the center Christ languishes on the cross. A jewelry chest is decorated with exquisite gemstones on the drawers. Dramatic Roman mythological scenes take precedence in the Ivory Room, which also displays statuettes, vessels and goblets. The White Silver Room shows off the silver table service that August the Strong had used. The gold decoration with red on the walls gives the space a luxurious and vibrant feel. Red ruby glass art works also make an appearance. Treasures in the New Green Vault at Dresden Castle include a rolling ball clock with a figure of Saturn. The tower shows off fantasy portraits of Roman emperors while the figures representing the six liberal arts are found in the alcoves. The masterpiece is crowned by a double-headed eagle. On the face of the clock is a likeness of Emperor Rudolf II. In another display case a pocket sundial takes the form of a book, dating from 1606. A rock crystal galley includes scenes from classical mythology and hails from the end of the 16th century.
2. The Numismatic Cabinet
The Numismatic Cabinet in Dresden Castle is one of the three largest numismatic collections in Germany. Its nearly 300,000 objects include coins from most countries of the world from antiquity to present day, historic and modern medallions, medals and insignia, historic bank notes and bonds, minting dies for coins and medals, seals, models, early forms of money, and minting machines and equipment. The Numismatic Cabinet is an official state collection, and has claimed to any hoards of coins found on Saxon territory. The Numismatic Cabinet is also a center of scholarly research and has a public library of some 30,000 volumes for deeper research.
3. The Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs
At Dresden Castle, in The Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, there are 32 items displayed consisting of 10 Dresden collections, 10 Germany collections, 5 Etching collections, 4 Renaissance collections and 3 Northern Renaissance collections.
4. The Dresden Armory with the Turkish Chamber
At Dresden Castle, the museum devoted to Ottoman weaponry displays more than 600 items. During the reign of Augustus the Strong, there was a fascination with the Ottomans, the Saxons' rival who even reached the gates of Vienna in 1526. It became fashionable to have Turkish servants and to dress in Oriental attire while sipping a cup of tea or coffee. From the 16th to the 19th century, Saxon leaders collected Turkish objects with great relish. The exhibition includes a breathtaking, three-masted Ottoman tent from the 17th century. There are also Orient-style weapons from the 16th and 17th centuries as well as a colorfully decorated shield from Venice, made during the end of the 16th century.
How to Get Tickets?
Ticket can be purchased online and on the spot
How To Get Around?
Visitors can commute around Dresden on ease by public vehicles.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
During the peak season of May to October, the city comes alive, while prices are soaring as well. For the lovers of the quiet, a visit in December could also be wonderful.
Will I Need a Guide?
Both independent tour and guided tour are available for visitors. Guided tours are provided by local tour agent.
How To Get There?
The Dresden Castle is easily accessible on foot.
Most castles in Dresden located in Old Town usually have tour package which is combined with neighbourhood attractions. Dresden Castle houses five museums: the Historic Green Vault and the New Green Vault, the Numismatic Cabinet, the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs and the Dresden Armory with the Turkish Chamber. Also accessible for visitors is an art library with approximately 260,000 volumes on art history. The Gallery of the Electors and the Hausmannsturm, that was used to be Dresden's largest tower, can be visited as well.