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.

What people are saying about Dresden Frauenkirche

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 10,537 reviews

Great tour of Dresden. Lots of information. The guide (originally from England but living in Dresden for many years) really knew the history of the city and communicated lots of information very clearly. I really felt I knew a lot more about Dresden because of this tour.

Due to I got the E-ticket, I needed to go to the original (first stop) point to got on the bus. and I spent more time to went there. Suggest E-ticket also able to get on the bus at any hop-on-off bus stops instead of first stop.

Viagem muito agradável e segura. O guia foi extremamente atencioso e tinha um conhecimento histórico fantástico! A cidade é linda, repleta de belezas arquitetônicas e uma atmosfera sensacional! Passeio imperdível, recomendo!

We had a very good guided tour of Dresden and the highlights. It was interesting and entertaining at the same time so that learning facts about the history and the city was fun. Highly recommend this tour.

Die Führung mit Natalie war sehr informativ, geschichtlich interessant und dabei auch noch richtig unterhaltsam - Dank Natalie's Art zu erzählen. Absolut zu empfehlen! Würde ich jederzeit wieder machen.