Photographer's Note

I have heard the name of this place, Zwinger, so many times but I could never really imagine it. Even after reading a guidebook and checking the Google Maps satellite photos it was still not obvious to me which part I can freely enter and for which I require tickets. Zwinger is a name of the palace and garden in Dresden city centre. The garden is surrounded by a wall with has along its course several pavilions. These pavilions are often more elaborate than the main building of the palace itself. Each pavilion hosts a different exhibition for which you need tickets, while the entrance to the garden and walkway along the wall is free to enter. I thought first that the name Zwinger may relate to an architect or the first owner but it is not. If you check Google Translate, "zwinger" translates into "kennel", but there is also another meaning which relates to the design of the castle, it is an area between two defensive walls. Again it is not exactly what this place is but it somehow historically originated from that term.
I have showed you already two photos from the palace, in one of them you could see a close up of one of the smaller pavilions:
While another one shows my favourite view form the walk around the walls:
The second photo is quite similar to this one presented here but this time I really wanted to present the facade of the main building of Zwinger Palace which is often overlooked. I also wanted to include the fountains in the garden which I have truncated before, while taking care about the optimal angle. The fountains offer great photo opportunities when you are near them but sadly a lot of construction work was going on around, spoiling many options. Also here in this shot at the very left side a construction starts on the ground level, while on the right side there were plenty of construction cranes spoiling the panorama. The fragment of the tower with the little green dome belongs to Roman Catholic Dresden Cathedral while the larger tower belongs to Dresden Castle which starts not much further behind the Zwinger Palace. Interior of the main palace hosts a painting collection, the Old Masters Gallery. On the other side of the palace there is the Theater Square which I showed you recently as well.

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