Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe)
The collection is divided into two sections: the Historic Green Vault and the New Green Vault. See works of art in a baroque setting in the historic section, set in a reconstructed chamber that August the Strong created. In the Green New Vault, see pieces created by the Dresden court jeweler on display behind showcases made of anti-glare glass. Guided tours of the collection are available.
Things to know before you go
- The Green Vault is a must-see attraction for travelers interested in art, history, and royalty. The building is as impressive as the collection.
- Audio guides are available for free.
- Check the museum website for details on entrances that are wheelchair accessible.
- Admission tickets for the Historic Green Vault and the Green New Vault are separate (a combination ticket at a small discount is also available).
How to get there
The Green Vault is located in the Dresden Royal Palace at Taschenberg 2. It is easily accessed via public transportation; take the tram to the Dresden Theaterplatz stop. The museum is near many other landmarks in Dresden including the Zwinger Palace, the Opera House, and the Dresden Transport Museum.
When to get there
The museum is open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday), with extended evening hours on Fridays. It is most crowded during the summer and on weekends. For the most peaceful experience, plan a visit first thing in the morning.
World War II History
During the bombing of Dresden in 1945, the Royal Palace experienced serious damage but the Green Vault escaped mostly free of harm. At the time, the most valuable exhibits were being stored outside of the Royal Palace in the Königstein Fortress with an eye towards their safety.