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Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault)

The Grünes Gewölbe enjoys world renown as one of the richest treasure chambers in Europe. Since the Neues Grünes Gewölbe and the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe were opened in 2004 and 2006 respectively, more than 3 million visitors have admired the treasures held there. They were fascinated by the radiance and opulent magnificence of these exceptional works of art.

Historisches Grünes Gewölbe: Pretiosensaal; Foto: David Brandt, © SKD
Historisches Grünes Gewölbe: View into the Hall of Precious
Neues Grünes Gewölbe: Hier befindet sich das Goldene Kaffeezeug, © SKD
Neues Grünes Gewölbe: Here you can find the Goldene Kaffeezeug


Anyone who comes to visit the Grünes Gewölbe has to make a decision: What should I look at first? For the collection is so abundant that when the Residenzschloss was rebuilt the Grünes Gewölbe was divided into two separate permanent exhibition areas, each with its own inimitable character. You can choose to visit the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe, the reconstructed treasure chamber created by August the Strong (1670-1733). Here you can see enchanting works of art in a baroque setting, with the treasures displayed on gilt consoles in front of mirrored walls. Alternatively, you can go to the Neues Grünes Gewölbe, where around 1,000 selected masterpieces of treasury art can be viewed close-up in showcases made of antiglare glass, with perfect lighting that enables every detail to be appreciated. As well as the unique cabinet pieces created by the Dresden court jeweller Dinglinger, such as the Royal Household of the Grand Mogul and the Golden Coffee Service, there are fascinating precious objects made of gold, silver, enamel and gemstones, ivory, mother-of-pearl, coconuts and ostrich eggs.

It is a difficult decision. And so the best thing to do is to spend a bit more time and visit both exhibitions. For the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe, which is on the ground floor, it is advisable to purchase admission tickets in advance, as the number of visitors who can be admitted each day is limited for conservational reasons. Tickets for the Neues Grünes Gewölbe on the floor above, on the other hand, can be purchased directly from the ticket office.