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Dresden - V&A Exclusive

14 June 2022 with V&A course 6-7 June 2022

5 days from £2,395pp

Dresden has risen from the ashes and has seen an extraordinary transformation with the bombed ruins renewed as they were before World War Two. The Frauenkirche was completed in 2006 and now dominates the sky line and the wonderful collections built up by the Elector Augustus and his son at the end of the 17th century are preserved in beautifully restored buildings. 2 day V&A course included. 
  • Discover the architectural and artistic riches of 16th, 17th and 18th century Dresden
  • Enjoy the sheer concentration of treasures within easy walking distance of one another
  • Experience the variety of treasures collected by the Saxon Electors in this jewel of a city by the River Elbe
  • Experience a city packed with architectural and artistic treasures from the Renaissance stable wing of the Royal Castle to the magnificently rebuilt Frauenkirche from Dresden’s glorious 18th century era
There is every reason to visit Dresden. Although a small city, it is packed with architectural and artistic treasures, from the Renaissance stable wing of the Royal Castle and Green Vaults to the magnificently rebuilt Frauenkirche of Dresden’s glorious 18th-century era.  Even more outstanding are Dresden’s collections, enthusiastically amassed by the Electors of Saxony, culminating in their acquisitive passions for porcelain and paintings, mainly by Augustus the Strong and his son, Friedrich Augustus, in the late 17th and 18th centuries.  
Probably inspired by the example of Louis XIV of France, Augustus the Strong began a systematic founding and accumulation of his specialist collections.  These were to become known throughout Europe and were a focus for study by artists and all kinds of visitors. Augustus' Treasury, the Kunstkammer and the Silberkammer, the Grunes Gewolbe or Green Vaults came to be the first treasure museum opened to the public. Augustus the Strong purchased Roman antique sculptures which now form the basis of the Skulptursammlung in the Albertinum. He had a passion for Oriental porcelain and devised the Japanese palace across the River Elbe to house his collection.  Clocks and instruments were separated from the Kunstkammer and turned into a separate museum, the Matematischer-Physikalischer Sammlung. Again, drawings and prints were catalogued and also put together to form the Kupferstich Kabinett. Augustus' enthusiasm was boundless and there was scarcely a field of knowledge with which he was not involved. He sent the first zoological expedition to Africa and commissioned a publication on Saxon folk costumes. An anatomy collection, a zoological museum and collection of minerals were founded. Augustus the Strong was succeeded by his son, Friedrich Augustus II, who was primarily interested in the visual arts and added significantly to the collection of paintings. It was during his reign that a hundred paintings came from the Duke of Modena's collection and Raphael's Sistine Madonna was also acquired.

Your Accommodation

Steigenberger Hotel De Saxe

Located right next to the famous Frauenkirche, Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe in Dresden boasts an extremely convenient central position. Landmarks such as Semper Opera House, Zwinger and Royal Palace are within easy walking distance, each no more than 7 to 10 minutes away.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Air-conditioning 
  • Minibar
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Safe