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5 year aniversary of the reopended Historic Green Vault

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

On the weekend of the 17th and 18th September 2011 the State Art Collections in Dresden celebrates with a varied program the 5-year anniversary of the reopening of the Historical Green Vault. On the occasion of the anniversary the Historical Green Vault, all museums and exhibitions in the Royal Palace are open also on Tuesdays the 13th, 20th and 27th September and the 4th October.
With 5 € entrance tickets for either the Palace or the Historic Green Vault, one can see on that day all events and current exhibitions until 10 p.m. You can expect a colourful program for children and adults: Jazz, creative workshops, lectures, raffle and free tours of the museums.
On Sunday, September 18, 2011, the Royal Palace invites you to a concert at 11 a.m. in the small courtyard ,to a reading, creative workshops and guided tours for children.
The Green Vault in the Royal Palace in Dresden is the oldest Treasury museum in Europe and finest collections of art treasures from the Renaissance and the Baroque. Founder of this unique museum was the famous Saxon Elector August the Strong. As one of the few European treasuries the Green Vault has succeeded in maintaining almost its authentic stock.
As a work of art, the objects are shown without disturbing glass, which is why the number of visitors is limited and entry is possible only through a double door system that will keep the premises free of dust. The tour includes the Antechamber and the Amber Room to the Ivory Room and the Jewellery Room with its almost completely mirrored walls. A total of 10 rooms are passed through. It also includes the famous work of art “Moor with Emerald Plate”. Among the numerous drinking vessels are also the mouth cup of Martin Luther and a drinking cup of Ivan the Terrible.(K. Michael)

“Open Day” at the Semper Opera House

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

On 11th September from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the doors of the Semper Opera House are opened for all Dresdeners and the city’s visitors. Nothing remains locked. On no other day of the year there is the possibility to cast such a look behind the scenes of the opera. Not only the great auditorium, but also hidden rooms, workshops and rehearsal rooms can be explored. Also there is a lot to learn about the history of the house.

At 6 p.m. the Semper Opera House offers on its main stage a public ballet rehearsal in order to allow an up-close encounter with the artists.

Needless to say, admission is free. Nevertheless, for some of the several demonstrations one must get entrance tickets. They are available in the entrance area of the front building.

Since usually long queues form, not only the main door on the Theatersquare will be open, but also additionally the entrances to the function
building behind the opera and to the workshops at the Zwingerteich (pond next to the Zwinger palace).(KM)

Dresden City Festival

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Dresden is celebrating its annual festival this weekend (19-21 August). It is a unique possibility for you to see the city in exceptional circumstances! There will be lot of entertainment in the Old as well as in the New Town across the river.

Musical entertainment with classic and rock is offered on a stage in front of the Semper Opera House.

Do not miss the highlight of the weekend – the historical paddle steamer fleet at 6.30 PM on Saturday! You will see all our nine historical paddle steamers starting together from the pier next to the Augustus Bridge.

If you want to know more about Dresden, its history and culture, come to our guided tours which are offered daily , also during this weekend, at 11 AM, starting at the Schlossplatz Square. (Anke Winkler)

SemperOperaball and SemperOpenairball

Friday, January 15th, 2010

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On January 15th, the “most beautiful night of the year” is being staged for the fifth time. Once again more than 2000 guests inside the opera and thousands of visitors on Theatre Square can look forward to a splendid program of classical entertainment: not just inside the Operahouse but also outside on Theatre Square. There the “SemperOpenairball” will be opend by a spectacular Light- and Fireworksshow.

This year´s motto “Great Couples” will not only feature opera-couples like Tristan and Isolde but it streches far beyond: elements that belong together come together like Semperopera and Dresden, East and West, Germany and Europe.
You will be surprised!
(A. Brühl)

The 575th Dresden Christmas Market

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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Dear DresdenWalks guests!

The time has come again: The famous and oldest Christmas market in Germany (called the Striezelmarkt) takes place 26th November to 24th December in Dresden. On the Dresden Old Market (Altmarkt) you will witness pottery, Ore Mountains folk art, bakery trade with Dresden stollen bakery at first hand! For the first time a walkable candle arch, which is unique in the world, will welcome the visitors. Also the biggest Christmas pyramid of the world is going to amaze you.

Do not miss the 16th Dresden stollen party on 5th December 2009. The baking of the Dresden Giant Stollen for the party (Start 10.30 a.m. on the Schlossplatz) is running on full speed. In almost 140 bakeries and pastry shops the ovens are on heat day and night in order to prepare the necessary 200 pieces of stollen plates each weighing 8 kilograms.

And so DresdenWalks at that time enriches its usual tours with stories about Christmas in and around Dresden. On top of that you will get a small Christmas surprise.
(K. Michael)

Wintertime with DresdenWalks

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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Fall is almost over and winter is approaching us slowly. Yes, it is getting quite cool/cold in Dresden those days.

Winter Season also means for DresdenWalks new tour dates.

From November 1st through March 31st all of our walking tours start at 11 o’clock. You still do not need to register – but are very welcome to do so.

During Christmas Season (November 27th – December 24th) we offer special Christmas Walking Tours. Our guides show you the old town and tell you some nice stories about Christmas traditions in Dresden and Saxony.
(J. Malschewski)

Find more information about the walking tour here.

The 13th Week of Yiddish Music und Theatre

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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From 22nd October to 9th November 2009 the 13th Week of Yiddish Music und Theatre takes place in Dresden. It focuses on two areas: with concerts, exhibitions and many lectures, talks, guided tours and movies, Jewish life in East Germany and the changes due to the political turmoils of 1989/90 will be reflected. Take the opportunity to experience two weeks full of Yiddish music, literature and Yiddish theater in Dresden.
(K. Michael)

Dresden Royal Residence: Queen Margrethe II opens the Gallery of Princes

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

At the reconstruction of the Dresden Royal Residence another stage will be completed in August. The 40 m long and 400 sqm big “Gallery of Princes” presents Saxon rulers with paintings and busts. It connects the “English Staircase” with the new part of the treasure rooms “Green Vault”. With an exhibition of art treasures from the royal-Danish and Dresden collections the Gallery will be opened by the Danish Queen Margrethe II on 23rd August. The Dresden Royal Residence is considered as an architecural gem amongst experts.
(Katharina Michael)

Obama comes to Dresden!

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

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Dresden will take the world’s centre stage because of this event. Naturally, this visit causes significant disturbances in the Dresden down town area. Thus on 4th and 5th June the Historic city will be completely closed. Therefore on those both days the dresdenwalks tours won’t take place. Except our fantastic New Town Tour, this tour will run as usual on 5th June at 3.00 pm. Don’t miss this historical day. Possibly we will even meet at the attempt to get a glimpse of the most famous president in the world.
(Katharina Michael)

Guides in Green

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Guides-bellevue in We managed it, at last! As of now you can “inspect” all our guides face to face online. Not alone this: One can identify us now easily with our green and printed windbreakers and shirts.
On a windy afternoon we gathered at the famous Canaletto view at the beautiful shores of the River Elbe in order to shoot our pictures. The result can be examined on our website with immediate effect. See you soon in person!
(Katharina Michael)