Ansicht eines prunkvollen Raumes
© Sächsisches Immobilien- und Baumanagement (, Studio für Visualisierung)

The State Apartments in Dresden’s Residenzschloss

The opening of the State Apartments on 28 September 2019 will be the glittering climax in the restoration and refurbishment of Dresden’s Electoral and Royal Palace, the Residenzschloss. This suite of rooms was opened by August the Strong 300 years ago, during the month-long festival to celebrate the marriage of Electoral Prince Friedrich August to the daughter of the Emperor, Archduchess Maria Josepha, in September 1719.

Opening Weekend

28. September: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. free entry to the Residenzschloss (except Historisches Grünes Gewölbe), 4–9 p.m. free entry to the State Apartments in Dresden's Residenzschloss (prebooked time tickets necessary)
29. September: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. free entry to the Residenzschloss (except Historisches Grünes Gewölbe), 6–8 p.m. free entry to the State Apartments in Dresden's Residenzschloss (prebooked time tickets necessary)

[Translate to English:] Paradeappartements

The Elector of Saxony and King of Poland designed these rooms as a display of his power and prestige. Thirty years earlier, as a young prince undertaking the Grand Tour, he had personally experienced the glory of Versailles at the high point of the reign of Louis XIV and had been profoundly impressed. In 1997 the Saxon State Government decided that the State Apartments, which had been destroyed in the war, should, as far as possible, be recreated, especially since parts of the furnishings had been preserved thanks to their having been removed for safekeeping in good time. These include the throne and rare silver furniture, magnificent items of French furniture, as well as the precious gold pilasters from the Audience Chamber, which had already been exceptionally valuable at the time they were created, as well as many of the paintings that formerly hung there.

Ansicht eines prunkvollen Raumes
©, Studio für Visualisierung Berlin / SIB D1
Visualisierung des Audienzgemachs im Residenzschloss Dresden

[Translate to English:] Paradeappartments

It was possible to reconstruct the rooms thanks to engravings and drawings of the 1719 wedding celebrations and also on the basis of later photographs and other sources. The unique textiles that once adorned the walls had to be recreated on hand looms. The two ceiling paintings in the Audience Chamber and the State Bedroom, which measured more than 70 square metres in total and were originally painted by Louis de Silvestre on canvas, could be recreated thanks to the 34 colour photographs taken of each one for documentary purposes in 1942/44.

© Staatsbetrieb Sächsisches Immobilien- und Baumanagement
Grundriss der Paradeappartements Westflügel des Residenzschlosses

[Translate to English:] Parade

Also on exhibition are the original costumes worn by August the Strong at his coronation in 1697 and at the wedding of the Electoral Prince in 1719, as well as on other festive occasions – a treasure trove of Baroque textile art and European royalty that is unique in the world.

After passing the throne of August the Strong, visitors will in future be able to view the royal insignia and the ceremonial flags and swords of Poland and Lithuania before reaching the “royal statua”, the figurine dressed in a replica of the coronation regalia worn by August the Strong in Kraków in 1697. The enfilade extending from the Corner State Hall to the State Bedroom has been reconstructed over a period of more than ten years, sparing no expense and involving a great deal of expertise and supreme craftsmanship. Using the original objects preserved in the Rüstkammer and Kunstgewerbemuseum, the rooms have now again been fitted out in accordance with their appearance in the 18th century.


Sponsors & Partners

[Translate to English:] Sparkasse

[Translate to English:] Ausstellungen

Further Exhibitions

Grünes Gewölbe

im Residenzschloss

Saal voller Spiegel und Juwelen


im Residenzschloss

Portrait eines Mannes mit Hut und Vollbart

Small Ballroom

im Residenzschloss

Ansicht eines Saales mit Kronleuchtern


im Schloss Pillnitz

gelber Kasten mit vier Füßen
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