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Named after King Albert of Saxony, the Albertinum is an art museum located in the historic city center of Dresden. The museum focuses on painting and sculpture from the Romantic period to the present day, and its collections — which range from Rodin to Richter — have earned the museum a worldwide reputation as a center for fine art in Germany. With a large restoration program, the Albertinum's glass-fronted display storerooms allow visitors to get insights into the museum's internal workings and how the restoration process works. The Renaissance-style building that houses the museum, completed in 1563, was once a military arsenal and now has archives instead of weapons in its immense vaults, as a new arsenal was built for Dresden in the late 19th century.
The museum is especially unique because much of the original structure remains, having been spared from excessive damage during the 1945 bombing of Dresden, unlike many other museum buildings nearby. The Albertinum is also home to the Galerie Neue Meister and the Skulpturensammlung, two of Dresden's most illustrious art museums.
Free audio guides are available, and tours can be booked in German and other languages with advance notice. To get to the museum by public transit, take tram line 1, 2 or 4 and get off at the Pirnaischer Platz stop; take tram line 3 or 7 to the Synagoge stop. Bus lines 62 and 75 stop at Pirnaischer Platz. For visitors who cannot navigate stairs, use the entrance on Georg-Treu-Platz.
Address: Tzschirnerpl. 2, Dresden 01067, Germany
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Albertinum
The cobbled streets and historical charm of Dresden attract busloads of visitors but only a few of them find its hidden ”balcony”. This stretch along the River Elbe is in the city centre, but has stately architecture and sweeping views over the magnificent Elbe Valley with its vineyards. Property here was once so coveted that for a long time only a select few could even set foot upon the Balcony of Europe. On this self-guided audio tour you'll learn the answers to these questions: • How did this come to be called "The Balcony of Europe"? • Can there be someone richer than a king? • What’s the name of Dresden's most famous cake? • What’s the significance of a bench made out of white plastic? • Is there a link between Dresden's and Hansel and Gretel? • What is Saxony's "White Gold"
Third Reich Tour in Dresden provides an insight to how the Nazis came to power and sustained it to the bitter end against the backdrop of events in Dresden. As the capital of the richest and most densely populated region of Germany at that time, and one of the cultural centres of the Reich, Dresden was in the centre of attention of the regime. Since the tour also covers the major landmarks of the historic city of Dresden it can be the perfect choice for those who who want to see the city centre, but also have an interest in this special topic. The tour is led by a local guide who is not of German origin. This made her ask questions and dig deep in order to understand the events that took place in this turbulent time. The tour content arose out of these years of personal enquiry and interest in the subject. As this is a private tour, it can be customized and personalized according to your wishes.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Albertinum hours of operation?
Albertinum hours of operation: Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Albertinum?
The best ways to experience Albertinum are:
- Dresden's 'Balcony of Europe': An audio tour along the River Elbe
- The Third Reich in Dresden- private tour