It’s surprising to see that sometimes the smallest cities are the most charming ones. The Old Town was a real beauty. The architecture, highly influenced by Italian style was a mix of baroque and rococo. The center seemed like a museum room filled with works of art. During our stroll we got to see The Procession of Princes (Fürstenzug), the largest porcelain mural in the world. This mural portrays 93 people, 35 of which are invidividuals of the upper class-noblemen, whose names are inscribed below their images. The others are foot soldiers and companions.
In our free time we decided to visit Frauenkirche (Dresdner Frauenkirche) first, but unfortunately, a wedding was taking place so we couldn’t enter. This church that was rebuilt after being destroyed in the bombing of Dresden is considered to be a symbol of peace and is a well known attraction for many people, be them religious or not.
Since the city was filled with restaurants of different cuisines, especially Italian ones, we agreed to sit in one of them to take a break and eat something.
After that, it was Zwinger’s time! This place was a true gem! Everywhere we laid our eyes on was marvelous. The palace with its gardens took us back in time and it truly felt like we were in a different era. The place was enormous and overflowing with turists. Even walking around purposelessly would take more than just minutes, let alone visiting the whole of it. The museum complex contained three sections:
- Old Masters Picture Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister)
- The Dresden Porcelain Collection (Dresdener Porzellansammlung)
- Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments (Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon)
We had only two hours left so we chose the first one. Floor by floor we encountered some of the most famous paintings such as Sistine Madonna, Madonna and Child with St. Francis, Sleeping Venus, Dresden Triptych and other masterpieces by some of the greatest painters of all time. There was even a room completely dedicated to world’s most famous sculptures like Pietá and David. Even the outside of the museum was fascinating. Following a hidden pathway, we found ourselves in the nymphs‘ realm. It’s no wonder this place is regarded to be one of Europe’s most beautiful Baroque water features.
We left the city being sure that one day, we would return again to explore the magnificence of the Jewel Box. -Sindi