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.