Bruehl's Terrace

Accommodated on top of former military grounds, i.e. the rampart towards the Elbe River of what used to be the fortification of the town, Bruehl’s Terrace is a very special landscaping gem. 

The terrace owes its name to Heinrich Count von Bruehl, Cabinet Minister under Frederick Augustus II. Having received parts of it as a gift from his elector in 1739, he had it redesigned in the years thereafter by architect Johann Christoph Knoeffel who turned it into a closed-off area left to the noble society. Its appearance has changed over time. The only architectural witness dating from the time of redesign under the Count von Bruehl is the building of the Sekundogenitur, which used to be the Count’s library, whose extensive stock of books of about 62,000 volumes was certainly comparable to those of the university libraries of Leipzig or Wittenberg.

Today, the terrace with its unique ensemble of landscaping art and architecture is one of the most important promenades of the town at the Elbe River, as its 19th century notion as the »Balcony of Europe« has not lost any of its current relevance.


Dresden Fortress

Georg-Treu-Platz 1 | 01067 Dresden

+49 (0) 351 4383703-20

Opening hours

September to January 8th 2017

  • Mon - Fri, Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat: guided tours only, every hour on the hour from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (no individual audio guided tours)
  • Changed opening hours on Oct 3rd: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Dec 24 - Dec 26, Dec 31: closed 
  • from Jan 9 2017: closed due to renovation

Last admission at 3:45 pm. 

Subject to modifications.

Ticket rates

  • Full rate 5,00 EUR
  • Reduced rate 2,50 EUR
  • Full rate: EUR 5.00
  • Reduced rate: EUR 2.50 

Audio guide included. Please ask our staff at the ticket office.

Free admission:

  • Children aged 5 or younger
  • People visiting the castle on their birthday
  • Accompanying adults of severly disabled people (entry »B« iin the disability pass)
  • Tour guides
  • Tour bus drivers accompanying a tour group
  • 1 accompanying adult per 10 pupils
  • Journalists for reporting purposes (valid identification required)
  • Holders of the schloesserlandPASS



Subject to modifications.