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As well as symbolizing the spirit of its era's Protestant Reformation, the Post-War reconstruction of Dresden's breathtaking Frauenkirche has become an icon of peaceful reconciliation between nations. Here are five facts to start any good tour!
The Frauenkirche stands on the site of an 11th-century Roman Catholic church. It became Protestant after the Reformation, and was then torn down completely in 1727!
Dresden's city architect, George Bähr, made it his life's mission to modernize the city's churches. He died in 1738 and was buried in the completed building's vaults 5 years later!
The heavy stone dome almost collapsed soon after completion! Had its cracks not appeared so early, the original lantern on top wouldn't have been swapped in time for a lighter one.
Industrial Dresden fell victim to an intensive allied air-raid at the end of World War II. With the city center entirely decimated, the Frauenkirche wasn't rebuilt until 2005!
Boasting one of the largest domes in Europe, the Frauenkirche is often mistaken for a cathedral. That would require it being the seat of a bishop. It never has been!
The Dresden Frauenkirche is open to tourists from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, Monday through Friday, and 9:00AM to 3:00PM on Saturdays.
If you don't intend to see inside the church, the best time to visit is at night when it is spectacularly lit up, along with many of Dresden's Old Town sights!
- When to visitThe church is open Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 6:00PM and Saturday, 9:00AM to 3:00PM.
- What is the price?Admission to the church is free (donations welcome), but adult tickets to ascend the dome are 8€.
- Will I need a guide?It will definitely help. The church offers a variety of tours, depending on your interests.
- How to get thereTake tram lines 1, 2, or 4 to Altmarkt, or take tram lines 3, 7, or 12, or bus lines 62 or 75 to Pirnaischer Platz.
- Additional tipsChildren under the age of 6 are not allowed to ascend the dome. | The ascent is quite strenuous and requires good health, and robust shoes. | Animals are not allowed inside the church. | Cell phones must be turned off and eating is not allowed inside. | Taking photos or videos is not permitted.
What People Are Saying About Dresden Frauenkirche
Still the best way to explore a city ! Use the ticket as often as you want, hop off and on again, wherever you want and after one tour you`ll know where the main sights of the city are.
Even though we don't know deutch and the guide bearly speak english it was great.
After experiencing food poisoning in Berlin and needing to reschedule our tour to Dresden, both tour companies were understanding and sympathetic and allowed my traveling partner and I to attend the same tour later on in the week at no extra cost. The tour itself was very imformative, well organised and FUN! We were given a fantastic overview of Berlin by our tour guide Alex as we left the city and an excellent insight into the city of Dresden.
Our guide Alex informed us very very well with the history around Dresden. She took us everywhere and explained everything very very good. We loved Dresden a lot. I wish that whoever has a chance of going on this tour will find Alex as the guide.
Sadness of war. Hope of a new generation. Very significant. Especially as I had family who were part of the allied forces during the Second World War.