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5 historical facts about the Dresden Frauenkirche

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!

It replaced a Roman Catholic church

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!

Its architect didn't see it finished

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 dome was almost a failure

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.

It was destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden, 1945

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!

Don't call it a cathedral!

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!

Dresden Frauenkirche: Our Tips

What are the opening times?

The Dresden Frauenkirche is open to tourists from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, Monday through Friday, and 9:00AM to 3:00PM on Saturdays.

When to visit?

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!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    The 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 there
    Take 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 tips
    Children 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

It was great, but it took us 1 hour to find the guide. We came even be

Even though we don't know deutch and the guide bearly speak english it was great.
Dresden: Nocturnal city tour by bike Reviewed by Liat, 10/18/2016

Lovely tour, well organised and informative.

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.
Day Trip to Dresden from Berlin Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/30/2016

We had a great full day with a guide. Her name is Alex. She is super!!

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.
Day Trip to Dresden from Berlin Reviewed by Carmen, 04/26/2016

An amazing project worthy of everyone's effort to come and visit.

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.
Dresden: Ticket to the Frauenkirche Dome Reviewed by Ranjana, 03/20/2016

Very interesting tour with excellent guides.

Enjoyed the tour a lot. The presentation of Dresden's history and present was truly informative as well as entertaining. Would absolutely recommend it to anyone.
Day Trip to Dresden from Berlin Reviewed by Marko, 11/05/2015

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