Being in Dresden one cannot forget that this city consists not only of Christmas markets, but also of its rich history, which is worth being explored. One of the places which you should certainly visit is the Zwinger Palace – thought to be Dresden’s architectural gem. It was designed in the Baroque style and is one of the most famous buildings built in this particular style in the earlier mentioned city. Its interior is a real treat for tourists, as one can find there not only world-famous museums, but it’s also a place in which there are organized various cultural events.
The Zwinger Palace was built by order of Augustus the Strong by the architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann and the sculptor Balthasar Permoserow at the beginning of the 18th century. The building was made of sandstone, which was a typical building material for this particular city. As I’ve already mentioned the interior of the palace hides some amazingly interesting museums. The Old Masters Picture Gallery will enthrall all its visitors with the richness of paintings created by some of the greatest painters, and all these treasures are collected just in a few museum rooms. The exhibition of porcelain will amaze not only the lovers of tasteful cups and teakettles, but also the biggest ignorants, who seeing such beautiful masterpieces will stop for a moment to admire the porcelain coming from 15th century China, Japan, as well as the one commonly known not only in Germany, but all over the world porcelain coming from the first European Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen collected with great relish by Augustus the Strong. Another tidbit, which can be found in this palace complex is the oldest Zwinger museum, namely the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments, presenting such exhibits as clocks and other devices used to make different kinds of measurements.
The whole building made a huge impression on me, but of course sightseeing it would be much more interesting in the company of a guide, who could make us a little bit more familiar with the use of all these unique devices and exhibits collected in the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments. It’s a place which one should definitely visit while being in Dresden, as it’s the world-class landmark, which can say a lot about the history of the city itself, as well as cultural influences mixing in the Zwinger Palace over the centuries.
See you around!