And here it is: Part Two of top attractions in Dresden. After visiting the Old Town, Lovetravelling family is taking you to the best museums in Dresden. Enjoy your trip
Dresden is really a treat if it comes to museums. It’s definitely not New York or Paris, still it’s not easy to find so much on such a small space. Our choice of Dresden’s museums is totally subjective. I’m bored to death by anything that was created after the antiquity and before impressionism, I have allergy to abstractions and so called modern art usually causes a puke reflex by me (no kidding). I have no tolerance to art I don’t like, no matter how famous the artists became. I like to see what I like and no snob lecture will ever convince me that such and such blue stripe is not a piece of crap but a metaphor of an imprisoned human soul in the panoramic view of Paris on the dawn of revolution (OK, I made it up, this might have actually get my attention; still you know what I mean). So here it is my recommendation of museums in Dresden:
- Albertinum: so called New Masters Gallery all starting 18the century (told you, I have no mercy). You’ll find here some works of Edgar Degas, Paul Gaugin, and Claude Monet. This piece of Monet I haven’t seen before, the others were more famous. Albertinum I visited with our 2,5 years old Zosia. She on the other hand strongly would recommend you the piece of Picasso and Chagall (somehow they caught her attention and we kept coming back to those paintings again and again). The gallery displays many really good German artists. Worth noticing are works of Max Slevogt capturing his trip to Africa.
- Türckische Cammer (Turkish Chamber) and Neues Grünes Gewölbe: both housed in the Residenzschloss. Both collections are pretty amazing. The Turkish Chamber displays Ottoman art (tents, armour, etc) and is one of the richest collections outside Turkey. It is absolutely spectacular and a MUST-SEE. In the Neues Grünes Gewölbe you will see all treasures of Saxon rulers (strongly recommended). Tickets for the Residenzschloss include all collections but Historisches Grünes Gewöble, that we skipped. I was really curious about the Turkish Chamber, that’s why we ended up visiting all collections accessible with our ticket.
- Deutsches Hygiene-Museum: I guess you’ve already figured it out that we’re done with “art” now 🙂 We are entering a world of human body and science. If you are visiting Dresden with kids, be sure you’ll visit this museum more than once, due to the Children’s Museum. We spend there two days and Zosia did not have enough.
Dresden’s New Town is home to street art, cool bars, alternative designs etc. Highly recommended is a walk suggested by Lonely Planet. If you are with kids, plan a stop at the playground close to the Raskolnikoff pub (you will notice both during your walk without any problems). The highlight of this city walk is definitely the Kunsthofpassage with its artist-designed courtyards.
- Grosser Garten, Zoo Dresden, Botanischer Garden
During our stay the weather was not nice, so we skipped long stays outside, especially that the parks looked still more winter like than spring. However, with a good weather and Spring in the air, those places should not be missed.
If you know more or less what you want to see in Dresden, check Dresden City Card and Dresden Regio Card for discounts on public transport and museum tickets:
More photos from Türckische Cammer and Neues Grünes Gewölbe, Dresden, Residenzschloss: