Dresden Fortress

Most visitors who take a look from Bruehl’s Terrace over the Elbe River valley may not be aware that they stand upon an old fortification wall and that some of Dresden's oldest vaults slumber beneath their feet only waiting to be discovered. 

Hidden under world-famous Bruehl’s Terrace, there are witnesses of a time which, apart from the baroque highlights, may all too easily be overlooked. These stone testimonials bearing witness to the age of Renaissance invite you to be explored on a guided tour.

Unexpected and mysterious

The seemingly subterranean fortress is an attraction to all those who would like to explore Dresden from a different perspective. In the parts of the fortification complex that have survived to the present day, visitors are invited to be taken to a largely unknown part of the history of the town. 

Learn more about the Dresden Fortress Museum

The first German town with a bastioned fortification

The fortress had been designed as a mighty walled ring, surrounded by a moat. Later, additional bastions protected the town. The casemates were used for storing arms and accommodating troops; enemies could be combatted from the bastions and from the wall. 

Learn more about the history of Dresden Fortress


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.