Art & Culture

Dresden has always had a global reputation as a city of art and culture and this is true today more than ever. This 'Florence on the Elbe' is itself an exciting, composite work of art. Fascinating buildings and artistic treasures; an impressive list of museums and orchestras of world renown.

56 art galleries, 44 museums, 36 theaters and stages—it's a delight to the senses and pure intellectual pleasure, whether you want to spend the evening with business partners, relax after work or enjoy a family weekend.


The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is a Dresden icon and a familiar shape on the city skyline. Its reconstruction received worldwide recognition as a unique achievement in terms both of technology and civic involvement. The church's history makes it a symbol of tolerance and peace. Today, the Frauenkirche hosts services, church music and concerts, lectures and readings.


The Semper Opera House in Dresden is Germany's most well-known opera house and the home of the Saxon State Orchestra, one of the oldest and most famous orchestras in the world. The Saxon State Opera Company arranges both operas and ballets here in a top-class, stylish, artistic atmosphere.

Zwinger Palace

Dresden's Zwinger Palace is the most important Late Baroque construction. Today it houses the Porcelain Collection, the Old Masters Gallery, the Armory and the Mathematics and Physics Exhibition Rooms. In the warm summer months this spacious complex with fountains and galleries makes an inviting place for a stroll.

Dresden State Art Collections—Green Vault

More than 450 years old, the Dresden State Art Collections are Germany's oldest and second largest set of museums. They display world-ranking masterpieces and are especially well known for the Historical Green Vault and New Green Vault—the treasure chambers of the Wettin dynasty—and the Old Masters Gallery with the 'Sistine Madonna' by Raphael.

Important musical ensembles and institutions

For 460 years Dresden has heard the sounds of one of the world's oldest orchestras: the Saxon State Orchestra. Another internationally recognized name is that of the principal conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Sanderling. Dresden's Kreuzchor, one of the oldest boys' choirs in Germany, is mainly dedicated to religious and secular a-cappella music.

Pillnitz Palace and Park

Once the summer residence of the Saxon royal court, Pillnitz is the largest chinoiserie palace complex in Europe. The grounds are adorned by over 2,000 trees and shrubs, and more than 600 container plants. One distinctive botanical feature is a camellia which is over 230 years old. When it blossoms between mid-February and mid-April, it can be viewed in its walk-in glasshouse.

Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.