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Dresden is the capital of the Free State of Saxony, in southern Germany. The city has approximately 500,000 citizens and more than 10 million visitors per year.
Dresden has more than 30 museums, many of them are world-class. The Zwinger Palace houses the famous Old Masters Gallery with the “Sistine Madonna” and the world’s largest porcelain collection. Equally renowned is the collection of former crown jewels, now on display in the Green Vault on Brühl Terrace. Please note that while some of the museums are closed on Mondays, others close on different days it is best to check the web site before visiting.
The Zwiger was built in the 18th century as a setting for outdoor court festivities. Today it houses priceless collections in 11 separate museums, including Old Masters Picture Gallery, Armoury (Rüstkammer), Porcelain Collection, Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, Zoological Museum and others.