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Top sights in Dresden
As well as symbolizing the spirit of its era's Protestant Reformation, the Post-War reconstruction of Dresden's breathtaking Frauenkirche has become an icon of peaceful reconciliation between nations. Here are five facts to start any good tour!
The Frauenkirche stands on the site of an 11th-century Roman Catholic church. It became Protestant after the Reformation, and was then torn down completely in 1727!
Dresden's city architect, George Bähr, made it his life's mission to modernize the city's churches. He died in 1738 and was buried in the completed building's vaults 5 years later!
The heavy stone dome almost collapsed soon after completion! Had its cracks not appeared so early, the original lantern on top wouldn't have been swapped in time for a lighter one.
Industrial Dresden fell victim to an intensive allied air-raid at the end of World War II. With the city center entirely decimated, the Frauenkirche wasn't rebuilt until 2005!
Boasting one of the largest domes in Europe, the Frauenkirche is often mistaken for a cathedral. That would require it being the seat of a bishop. It never has been!
The Dresden Frauenkirche is open to tourists from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, Monday through Friday, and 9:00AM to 3:00PM on Saturdays.
If you don't intend to see inside the church, the best time to visit is at night when it is spectacularly lit up, along with many of Dresden's Old Town sights!
- When should I visit?
- The church is open Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 6:00PM and Saturday, 9:00AM to 3:00PM.
- Is it expensive?
- Admission to the church is free (donations welcome), but adult tickets to ascend the dome are 8€.
- Will I need a guide?
- It will definitely help. The church offers a variety of tours, depending on your interests.
- How to get there
- Take tram lines 1, 2, or 4 to Altmarkt, or take tram lines 3, 7, or 12, or bus lines 62 or 75 to Pirnaischer Platz.
- Additional information
- Children under the age of 6 are not allowed to ascend the dome. |
The ascent is quite strenuous and requires good health, and robust shoes. |
Animals are not allowed inside the church. |
Cell phones must be turned off and eating is not allowed inside. |
Taking photos or videos is not permitted.
What people are saying about Dresden Frauenkirche
The historic city walk in the Left Bank was great and our guide Susie was a real gem. She made several helpful tips for city views from above street level which we followed the next morning - the free Zwinger ramparts walk close to the Meissen ceramic clock chimes and accessed from (unmarked) steps outside, and the panoramic 5€ tower only view from the Royal Palace. We also learnt that Saxons did not come from Saxony nor the Zorb nation... so I'll remember this tour with awesome sights and an excellent, funny, guide
Perfect day for getting out of Berlin by motor coach. See the country for a 2 hour drive to Dresden. Tour the city by an informed guide giving info on history of the city and buildings. Have the afternoon, about 3 hours to tour on your own, have a nice lunch. Climb to the top of the church dome for a great overview of the city and the river. Back in Berlin at 7pm- great tour
I had a tour with DresdenWalks, with the guide Jana. She is so awesome ! She us very kniwledgeable, had an answer to every possible question and a little story behind the answer ! She told us about the early history as well as the reconstruction after the war. Very interesting and a great intro to the city !
I would strongly recommend this tour as it covers all the key landmarks of Dresden and also covers the important historical events in that perspective. The our guide is very knowledgeble and willing to spend time asnwering all your questions.
It was a wonderful tour. The guide was very nice, knowledgeable and attentive. The only problem was that the small bus (there were just 4 people on the trip) had pretty small windows, not adequate for sight seeing in the city.