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Even if you are not a porcelain buff, this exhibit is worth a visit, just to see what can be created from porcelain. Flower arrangements, all made of porcelain, huge life size animals that are some of the largest porcelain pieces in the world, religious...More
We visited on a wet day (so wanted to do something indoors) but we were very pleasantly surprised and in awe of not only the individual pieces, but the number of them on display! There were so many, and so intricate, detailed, of all different...More
I enjoyed our visit. Even though I am not that "into" porcelain, I still found myself enjoying the beauty of the items. The west side was a bit too warm to enjoy as the summer sun was beating into the beautiful windowed corridor. Had it...More
An expo with a tremendous collection of Asian porcelaine. Lot's of pieces to look at in the rooms. Be sure to read the explanations or I would recommend to take an audio guide and the richness is in the story and not only in the...More
If you love china, this is the place for you! I was enthralled for a good 90 minutes. Room after room of porcelain! Ranks right up there with the V&A, Hampton Court and Rijksmusem for china viewing. It's in the Zwinger so the views out...More
Spent the day in central Dresden Zwinger Palace, the grounds and the Alte Meister exhibit. Seen several painting galleries over the years, in the US, Munich and Florence. The exhibit was very good with early paintings, bronze statues and sculptures. We just happened upon the...More
Considered one of the best collections of porcelain in the world with more that 20,000 pieces, the Porzellansammlung is housed in the Zwinger complex. While the focus is on German porcelain from Dresden and nearby Meissen, the blue and white oriental collection is outstanding with...More
Dear DeeDee, David is right that that two Green Vaults are at the Dryden Palace (Residenzschloss). You didn't ask about the Porcelain Collection, but--as David says--it's in a nearby but separate facility, the Zwinger... More
Dear DeeDee, David is right that that two Green Vaults are at the Dryden Palace (Residenzschloss). You didn't ask about the Porcelain Collection, but--as David says--it's in a nearby but separate facility, the Zwinger.
There is a Combi-Ticket for 21 Euros that will let you into the Historic Green Vault and the rest of the Residenzschloss, including the New Green Vault. (Separate tickets would be 12 Euros each.)
Because you need advance tickets to the Historic Green Vault, I assume you need advance tickets for the Combi-Ticket as well.
The New Green Vault is filled with treasures, and hassle-free. The Historic Green Vault is filled with treasures, but is not hassle-free. However, the Historic Green Vault is more impressive, because the treasures are displayed in incredible rooms with rich decorations. So, the Historic Green Vault itself is an attraction, in addition to its contents. Each of the Vaults requires a half-day to be enjoyed, in my opinion. So, if you have a full day it would be worthwhile to see them both. If you have a half-day, I would pick one or the other, depending on my preference. Both are definitely worth seeing.
If you are at a hotel, the concierge should be able to get you advanced tickets for the Historic Green Vault, or Combi-Tickets. If are not in a situation with a concierge, use the numbers or e-mail address that David provided. There is a website, but for some reason it can't be posted in the answer.
NOTE THAT THE ENTIRE RESIDENZSCHLOSS IS CLOSED ON TUESDAYS. If you are constrained to a Tuesday, you will miss both Green Vaults, although you can see the Old Masters Art Gallery and the Porcelain Collection in the Zwinger/Semper complex. (They are open on Tuesdays, but closed on Mondays.)
Both Green Vaults are worth a special trip, so don't give up!
Herman from Buffalo