A squiggled orangery

One of the mayor sights in Dresden, Germany is the “Zwinger” – an orangery and garden close to the river Elbe. It dates back to the 17th century and has been planned by famous architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann. You can walk through the gardens, roam the terraces and enjoy the buildings in Baroque style.

The Zwinger, as many parts of Dresden, has suffered a lot of bombings from air planes during World War II (mostly on the 13th and 14th of February, 1945). From 1855 on it housed the Semper gallery – an important art museum named after architect Gottfried Semper. After restoration of the Zwinger in the 1950s and 1960s it is now home to the Old Masters Gallery – an impressive collection of masterpieces of art (a bit hidden but well accessible at the gate to the Theaterplatz).

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