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Arts & Museums
The former brewery, Feldschlösschen-Stammhaus offers authentic German flavors coupled with freshly brewed ales. A special feature is that each sort of beer comes with its own individual menu, with fish dishes to accompany lighter beers and sausages to accompany the darker beers. Visitors can marvel at the copper beer vats and take a guided tour around the next-door Beer Museum every Monday. This single site accommodates several people with varied interests - for history buffs, it emphasizes history of brewing in Germany, for food-lovers, it serves gastronomic delights, so delicious that you just have to return and for beer connoisseurs it is truly a haven with splendid brews like Feldschlösschen Pilsner aboard. All in all, Feldschlösschen makes for an interesting visit.
Winnetou and Old Shatterhand are loved by children all over the world, but the great German novelist Karl May also wrote more serious books dealing with religion and mysticism. Visitors can now wander around May's former home in Radebeul, through his library and study and out into the garden, where a log cabin contains a fascinating exhibition about North American Indians and their struggle against the white man. Karl-May-Museum is a true delight for people from all walks of life!
Located in a town near Radebeul, this museum opened in 1928 and is dedicated to Karl May, a famous German author. The museum showcases all of his works and exposes the public to his life. HE is an author who dedicated several books to the Wild West and Native Americans. His tenure was from 1842-1912 and he is famous for the characters that he created by the names of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand.
Bright green colours and that distinct smell of wine. This is The Hoflössnitz vineyard for you, and it has been known by this name ever since the vineyards in the upper Elbe Valley was purchased by the House of Wettin in 1401! There are five rooms on the upper level each adorned with beautiful paintings. A dutch painter has painstakingly painted out 80 drawings of Brazilian birds between the beams! There is also an exhibition that throws light on of how winegrowing is done in the valley and the history of the processes that are followed. There is also a lovely ballrooms that holds small cultural events or music programes.
A paradise for maths and physics fans and a Mecca for connoisseurs of clocks and astronomical instruments - this is Salon of Maths and Physics. At home in the north-west pavilion of the Zwinger, the museum contains exhibits ranging from early calculators, weights and measures, medieval models of the Earth as well as an exhibition on the history of time. The latter is an extensive collection of clocks and watches which prove that even the measurement of time can be an art form.
Experience the spirit of European music. Set in the heart of Dresden's University district, the Lukaskirche (Lucas Church) is renowned for its classical music performances. The late 19th Century architecture serves as a perfect backdrop for the variety of events taking place here; symphonies, traditional trombone orchestras and choirs. Many famous classical recordings have taken place here at Lukaskirche as they continue to honor the great European masters, while still serving the community as a place of worship.
Dresden's world-famous landmark, Zwinger, was created between 1710-32 by architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann and sculptor Balthasar Permoser. The imposing complex, made up of a crown gate, long, winding galleries, a walled pavilion and carillon and French and German pavilions was originally designed as a venue for court festivities. In 1855, a Neo-Renaissance structure designed by Gottfried Semper was built on the north-eastern side. The Semper Building contains, amongst other things, the Gallery of the Old Masters, with works by Dürer, Titian, Rubens and one of the most famous paintings in the world, the Sistine Madonna by Raphael. The breathtaking ensemble is completed by several royal tombstones, a pond and an idyllic park.
Although slightly inconspicuous from the outside, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in the Semper wing of the Zwinger contains one of the world's greatest collections of art. Covering three floors, the gallery contains a host of 14th-18th century paintings by masters such as Canaletto, Rubens, Dürer, Holbein and Rembrandt. But the highlight is clearly Raphael's Sistine Madonna portraying Mother and Child among the clouds, reproductions of which hang in hundreds of thousands of living rooms throughout the world. An inspiring collection!
How did it feel to be a knight in shining armour, striding to a tournament with steed and lance? A visit to the state armoury in the Zwinger, Semper building should answer the question. The fascinating collection of helmets, shields and armour, swords, lances and bows provides visitors with a fascinating insight into medieval military history. A selection of pistols and rifles dating from the 16-19th centuries completes the collection.
The Grüne Gewölbe or "Green Vault" contains the crown jewels and other treasures collected by the Saxon royal family over the centuries. Most pieces date back to August the Strong's time. Visitors can admire the breathtaking crown jewels, as well as hundreds of magnificent items that once belonged to the royal household including clocks, mirrors, candlesticks and silver services. Perhaps the most impressive piece is the carving of the "Delhi Court Celebrating Mogul Aurangzeb's Birthday," which features hundreds of faces intricately carved in minuscule cherry stones.
The Hall of Giants houses an interesting and important collection of weapons, armors and costumes. Named so because of the Giants painted on its windows, the hall is located in the largest space of the Dresden Castle. Originally built in 1650, it was restored by 1945, after being destroyed in a fire. Today, it contains the widest variety of armory collection in the 57 meters long hall. As a part of the Castle, the hall is considered to be a great example of Mannerism and was used by the Royal Family to host lavish banquets, balls and even a royal wedding. After the fire, the hall was restored as a Baroque ballroom. The Hall hosts various exhibitions and events to enthrall the visitors.
The Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs or Kupferstichkabinett is a part of Residenzschloss Dresden. One of the most important collection of photographs, prints and other ephemera in the world, Kupferstichkabinett should top every art enthusiasts itinerary. The prolific collection comprises of almost 500,000 items, some of which trace their history back to 1560s. With artworks of celebrated artists like Jan van Eyck, Michelangelo, Rubens and Remembrandt in its permanent collection, Kupferstichkabinett also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Open all week, except Tuesdays, this makes for an interesting visit.