Dresden Frauenkirche

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5 historical facts about the Dresden Frauenkirche

As well as symbolizing the spirit of its era's Protestant Reformation, the Post-War reconstruction of Dresden's breathtaking Frauenkirche has become an icon of peaceful reconciliation between nations. Here are five facts to start any good tour!

  • It replaced a Roman Catholic church

    1. It replaced a Roman Catholic church

    The Frauenkirche stands on the site of an 11th-century Roman Catholic church. It became Protestant after the Reformation, and was then torn down completely in 1727!

  • Its architect didn't see it finished

    2. Its architect didn't see it finished

    Dresden's city architect, George Bähr, made it his life's mission to modernize the city's churches. He died in 1738 and was buried in the completed building's vaults 5 years later!

  • The dome was almost a failure

    3. The dome was almost a failure

    The heavy stone dome almost collapsed soon after completion! Had its cracks not appeared so early, the original lantern on top wouldn't have been swapped in time for a lighter one.

  • It was destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden, 1945

    4. It was destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden, 1945

    Industrial Dresden fell victim to an intensive allied air-raid at the end of World War II. With the city center entirely decimated, the Frauenkirche wasn't rebuilt until 2005!

  • Don't call it a cathedral!

    5. Don't call it a cathedral!

    Boasting one of the largest domes in Europe, the Frauenkirche is often mistaken for a cathedral. That would require it being the seat of a bishop. It never has been!

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Dresden Frauenkirche is open to tourists from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, Monday through Friday, and 9:00AM to 3:00PM on Saturdays.

  • When to visit?

    If you don't intend to see inside the church, the best time to visit is at night when it is spectacularly lit up, along with many of Dresden's Old Town sights!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The church is open Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 6:00PM and Saturday, 9:00AM to 3:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Admission to the church is free (donations welcome), but adult tickets to ascend the dome are 8€.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. The church offers a variety of tours, depending on your interests.
  • How to get there
    Take tram lines 1, 2, or 4 to Altmarkt, or take tram lines 3, 7, or 12, or bus lines 62 or 75 to Pirnaischer Platz.
  • Additional information
    Children under the age of 6 are not allowed to ascend the dome. |
    The ascent is quite strenuous and requires good health, and robust shoes. |
    Animals are not allowed inside the church. |
    Cell phones must be turned off and eating is not allowed inside. |
    Taking photos or videos is not permitted.

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What people are saying about Dresden Frauenkirche

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 10,743 reviews

Very nicely designed lecture, great speaker. The interior of the church is also well worth seeing. The lecture did not start at 10 o'clock sharp, but the admission and finding a place took from 10 to 10 to 20 after 10. More attention is paid to the rules of distance, which is very commendable.

Overall it was a nice experience. Considering that now is October, it is quite windy and cold in the morning, so I suggest to be prepared in terms of clothing.

very insightful. we probably spent a bit too much time in the opera house, and not enough time in the old city.

It was great, a tour all over the city to see all historical monuments.

Everything easy to get to and use, friendly staff on ship.