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Alter Schlachthof

Alter Schlachthof

Built between 1871 and 1873, the first central abattoir of the city has not served its original purpose since 1907. Since 1998 the main building of this impressive industrial monument has hosted high-carat events of various genres. The sandstone building with its nave and two side aisles seems predestined for unique festival sound experiences.

Alter Schlachthof

Gothaer Straße 11
01097 Dresden

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Annenkirche

Churches

Annenkirche

Annenkirche

The construction of Dresden’s oldest suburban church was initiated by Electress Anna in the 16th century. Since its inauguration the Annenkirche was constantly rebuilt and thus has a contradictory architectural charm. Originally constructed as a baroque church it was replaced by an art nouveau building in 1909 that has very good acoustics.

Annenkirche

Annenstraße 23
01067 Dresden

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Die Gläserne Manufaktur von Volkswagen

Concert Hall

Gläserne Manufaktur von Volkswagen

Gläserne Manufaktur von Volkswagen

Open worlds – this is what the manufactory of the Phaeton symbolizes. The principle of transparency has been realized in a consequent way, the process staged like a performance. With its light and filigree architecture of a bright structured design Volkswagen's »Die Gläserne Manufaktur« offers the perfect stage for unusual creative ideas and a vital cultural life. As important cooperation partner and supporter it will be again a fascinating event location in 2014 as well as an impressive venue for the project »Bohème 2020«.

Gläserne Manufaktur von Volkswagen

Lennéstraße 1
01069 Dresden

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Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Museums

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

The monumental building in the style of Neue Sachlichkeit (»New Objectivity«) was erected by Wilhelm Kreis between 1928 and 1930 and is home of a museum, initiated in 1912 as »People’s Education Facility for Healthcare«, that today considers itself as »museum of humankind«. As part of the refurbishment that was finished in 2010 the great hall was compleately redesigned and reconstructed.

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Lingnerplatz 1
01069 Dresden

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Theatres

Festspielhaus Hellerau

Festspielhaus Hellerau

In 1911, the Festspielhaus Hellerau (Hellerau Festival Theatre) was built after a concept of the architect Heinrich Tessenow within the Gartenstadt Hellerau (Garden City) of Dresden. Its architectural clarity gave direction to the Bauhaus style. It was the Swiss music pedagogue Émile Jaques-Dalcroze who initiated the construction of the Festspielhaus and whose »Bildungsanstalt für Musik und Rhythmus« (School for Music and Rhythm) was located in this building. The Festspielhaus is considered a center for contemporary art, especially for dance and music, and therefore is a constant of Dresden's contemporary cultural scene.

Festspielhaus Hellerau

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56
01109 Dresden

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Frauenkirche

Churches

Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche

The Frauenkirche is uniquely moving in its combination of space and sound and the spirit of reconciliation that resounds throughout the concerts. Destroyed in 1945, the church, reconstructed through monumental civic and international efforts, is a beacon of peace. Its impressive interior makes every concert an incomparable experience.

Frauenkirche

Neumarkt
01067 Dresden

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Junge Garde

Open Air

Junge Garde

Junge Garde

The south-eastern part of the Großer Garten is home to the open-air stage »Junge Garde« – located within a former gravel pit east of the Carolasee. With its semicircle of tiered rows for the audience, its architecture is reminiscent of an ancient amphitheatre. Building the »Junge Garde« open-air venue between 1953 and 1955 was intended as a contribution to cultural work in Dresden, a city destroyed during the war. Today, the compound, which is considered the city’s most beautiful open-air venue and boasts a multitude of traditional architectural elements such as balustrade walls, dormers and cornices, offers rock and pop, classical and jazz concerts.

Junge Garde

Karcherallee 10
01277 Dresden

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Kulturpalast (Visualisierung)

Concert Hall

Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)

Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)

Since 1969, the Kulturpalast on Altmarkt square (architects: Wolfgang Hänsch, Herbert Löschau, Heinz Zimmermann, Dieter Schölzel et al., based on a design by Leopold Wiel) has been Dresden’s central event venue. The founding concept of a cultural venue open to various uses may still be considered visionary today. Dresden’s citizens have valued the clear architecture and varied programme from the very beginning. The new concept for the Kulturpalast, which now houses a concert hall, the Municipal Central Library and the cabaret »Herkuleskeule« after undergoing renovations from 2013 to 2017, has returned the building to its original role as a cultural meeting-place in central Dresden. The concert hall located at the building’s centre is a modern and acoustically high-class performance venue on par with Europe’s finest, seating up to 1,757 visitors.

Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)

Schloßstraße 2
01067 Dresden

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Kulturpalast (Auditorium of the Central Library)

Kulturpalast (Auditorium of the Central Library)

Thanks to the completion of the Culture Palace renovations in 2017, the Zentralbibliothek (Central Library) formed by uniting the Main, Music and Youth Libraries, now has a home at the heart of the city. This new venue for information exchange and communication offers approximately 5,500 square meters of public spaces, including a versatile event space.

Kulturpalast (Auditorium of the Central Library)

Schloßstraße 2
01067 Dresden

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Loschwitzer Kirche

Churches

Loschwitzer Kirche

Loschwitzer Kirche

Located only 400 metres from the »Blaues Wunder«, the baroque church is part of the exclusive residential area of Loschwitz on the north-eastern shore of the River Elbe. Consecrated in 1708 for the name day of August the Strong, the octagonal building was the first church by architect George Bähr, who later went on to build the Frauenkirche. Today, both the Loschwitz Church and its churchyard, designed in the 18th century and still in its original state, have been designated landmarks.

Loschwitzer Kirche

Pillnitzer Landstraße 7
01326 Dresden

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Löwensaal

Others

Löwensaal

Löwensaal

The Löwensaal (»Lion’s Hall«) is part of a landmark building which was erected by the Deutsche Bank in 1905, including an impressive main cashier’s hall, and most recently housed a branch of the Dresdner Bank. After renovation and construction work, the Löwensaal was inaugurated in November 2019, a new event venue in the heart of Dresden combining historical ambiance with modern amenities.

Löwensaal

Dr.-Külz-Ring 10
01067 Dresden

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Martin-Luther-Kirche

Churches

Martin-Luther-Kirche

Martin-Luther-Kirche

The Martin-Luther Church, built 1883-1887, is one of the few churches in Dresden that was almost completely spared by the air raids during World War II. Situated amid many houses in Wilhelminian style in the heart of the Neustadt, it plays an important role in the church and cultural life of the city. The neo-romantic interior offers more than 1000 seats.

Martin-Luther-Kirche

Martin-Luther-Platz 5
01099 Dresden

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Messe Dresden

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Dresden Fair (Hall 1)

Dresden Fair (Hall 1)

The city of Dresden has been home to a fairground since 1887. In 1999 it moved to its new location, the historical and landmark-protected »Erlwein’s Slaughterhouse« at the Ostragehege, and ever since it has been a popular location for trade fairs as well as symposia, conferences and concerts. As part of the Dresden Music Festival, it has already hosted several large-scale events.

Dresden Fair (Hall 1)

Messering 6
01067 Dresden

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Neue Synnagoge

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Neue Synagoge

Neue Synagoge

In 2001, on the anniversary of the destruction Dresden’s old synagogue on November 9, 1938, the New Synagogue was consecrated after more than 60 years – a sacred building consisting of a cube twisted upon itself towards the East, the direction of prayers towards Jerusalem. The chosen cube-shape takes its cue from the first temples of the Israelites, making reference to original rites and traditional symbols. The synagogue is a place of contemplation and prayer, but also hosts concerts.

Neue Synagoge

Hasenberg 1
01067 Dresden

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Neumarkt

Open Air

Neumarkt

Neumarkt

The Neumarkt, or New Market, is the unmistakable and distinctive center of Dresden. Until its destruction in 1945, it was an aesthetic total work of art, a unified, large-scale monument of civic baroque architecture. Constant construction since the German reunification, starting with the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche, has led to continuous changes on the square. Recent building activities are aimed at the reconstruction of many historical buildings that dominated the Neumarkt square in the past.

Neumarkt

01099 Dresden

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Palais im Großen Garten

Castles

Palais im Großen Garten

Palais im Großen Garten

The romantic palace located in the centre of the Große Garten served as a venue for pompous feasts of the courtly society. Saxony’s first baroque building of Italian design was constructed under Elector John George III between 1676 and 1683. Today it provides an atmospheric ambience and great acoustics for different kinds of chamber music.

Palais im Großen Garten

Hauptallee 5/Am Palaisteich
01219 Dresden

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Park Theatre at the Großer Garten

Open Air

Parktheater im Großen Garten

Parktheater im Großen Garten

On the spot of today’s Park Theatre at the Großer Garten, a baroque hedgerow theatre, a glorious celebration took place in 1719 for the wedding of the Elector Friedrich August and Archduchess Maria Josepha. To this day, the space, centrally located between the Palace Pond and the Southern Boulevard, offers a charming atmosphere in the green for concerts and theatre performances of all kinds. 470 spectators can be seated on fixed rows of benches arranged in the shape of an amphitheatre.

Parktheater im Großen Garten

Hauptallee 12
01219 Dresden

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Programmkino Ost

Others

Programmkino Ost

Programmkino Ost

Opened in 1936 in a repurposed ballroom, for many years the Programmkino Ost has attracted an audience looking for a programme beyond the beaten mainstream track. Since comprehensive restoration was carried out in 2008/09, the former »Tagesfilmtheater Ost« offers five screening rooms of different sizes, with enough space for a broad-ranging programme including various genres, numerous film and conversation series and an annual children’s film festival.

Programmkino Ost

Schandauer Straße 73
01277 Dresden

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Others

Reithalle Dresden – Strasse E®

Reithalle Dresden – Strasse E®

The Reithalle is part of the Cultural Center Strasse E® - an event center consisting of two red-brick buildings under landmark preservation in Dresden’s industrial area. Originally the entire industrial area was dedicated to military purposes. Its former use as the riding hall of the Royal Saxon Cavalry gave today’s Riding Hall Strasse E® its name. In the early 1990s the area was discovered as an ideal venue for parties and events.

Reithalle Dresden – Strasse E®

Werner-Hartmann-Straße 2
01099 Dresden

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Residenzschloss (Kleiner Schlosshof)

Museums

Residenzschloss (Kleiner Schlosshof)

Residenzschloss (Kleiner Schlosshof)

In the past the Residenzschloss Dresden has been a government centre for Saxon Electors and Kings as well as a cultural centre point of the city. After complex reconstructions of the building, destroyed in World War II, the palace can draw on its rich cultural history. The small courtyard, covered by a transparent membrane roof, offers an exceptional ambience.

Residenzschloss (Kleiner Schlosshof)

Taschenberg 2
01067 Dresden

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Schauspielhaus

Theatres

Schauspielhaus

Schauspielhaus

The multi-awarded winning Dresden State Theatre is considered as one of the centres for the contemporary performing arts. The reconstructed impressive original architecture of the theatre that was opened in 1913 offers a stage for such festival productions that combine musical and performing expressions.

Schauspielhaus

Theaterstraße 2
01067 Dresden

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Schloss Pillnitz

Castles

Schloss Pillnitz

Schloss Pillnitz

The elector Johann Georg IV bought the castle for his favourite Sibylle von Neischütz in 1694. Commissioned by August the Strong his favourite architect Daniel Pöppelmann expanded the first building by the Riverside Palace and the Hillside Palace. Already in 1768, the castle was used as summer residence of the court and was the glamorous location for park and water feasts.

Schloss Pillnitz

August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2
01326 Dresden

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Schloss Wackerbarth

Castles

Schloss Wackerbarth

Schloss Wackerbarth

The Imperial count Christoph August von Wackerbarth had this jewel built as his retirement home between 1727 and 1729. The castle, the former home of noblemen where August the Strong celebrated legendary parties, today houses Europe’s first »Adventure Vineyards« that combines tradition and the spirit of the age to an unique experience and provides the ideal setting for outstanding young artists of the classical music scene.

Schloss Wackerbarth

Sächs. Staatsweingut GmbH/Wackerbarthstraße 1
01445 Radebeul

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Semperoper

Theatres

Semperoper

Semperoper

Entering the building visitors are welcomed by the long and rich tradition that is continued until today by the opera house and his orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle. Whether great symphony concert or solo recital – the stage of the impressive Semperoper has always been the place for top class and glamorous festival encounters.

Semperoper

Theaterplatz 2
01067 Dresden

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Staatsoperette Dresden

Theatres

Staatsoperette Dresden

Staatsoperette Dresden

Where Dresden’s electricity was formerly produced, the Dresden State Operetta now ensures breathtaking, electrifying moments. Since moving into the newly-created Cultural Center Kraftwerk Mitte in December 2016, the house welcomes its visitors in a generous auditorium seating up to 700 persons. The industrial buildings with their noteworthy historical red-brick façades from the 19th and early 20th century are under landmark preservation, have been painstakingly restored and are now flanked by modern buildings.

Staatsoperette Dresden

Kraftwerk Mitte 1
01067 Dresden

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Klingende Stadt

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Everywhere in Dresden

Everywhere in Dresden

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Zentralwerk Pieschen

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Zentralwerk (Main Hall)

Zentralwerk (Main Hall)

Since first opening in the 19th century, the compound of the former Goehle Works has been used for very different purposes. For example, in World War II it served as an arms factory. In 2015 parts of the landmark ensemble were restored by cultural protagonists from various fields. Ever since, the building complex has been known as »Kulturfabrik Zentralwerk«, offering various multi-purpose event locations, at the heart of which lies the Main Hall.

Zentralwerk (Main Hall)

Riesaer Straße 32
01127 Dresden

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