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  • View of the area around the Zwinger, around 1840

    Image licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Europeana

  • Meissen porcelain

  • Charlottenburg Palace Gardens

    © SPSG, Charlottenburg Palace, Reinhardt und Sommer

  • Porcelain statue at the Zwinger Palace

    Image licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Matt Biddulph on Flickr

  • The Zwinger Palace, Dresden

  • The porcelain collection at the Palace of Charlottenburg

    © SPSG, Charlottenburg Palace, H VH Krass

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  • Visit the city described as the ‘jewel box’ of Germany, discovering a wealth of cultural riches, including magnificent collections of porcelain

  • Enjoy an excursion to Meissen, a medieval medley of red-tile and stucco architecture, and go behind the scenes at the celebrated porcelain factory

  • Explore the outstanding collections of the refurbished Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, and enjoy a performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at Dresden’s Semperoper

“Lars was absolutely excellent and shared his deep knowledge with us with a light touch… our hotel was excellent in all respects and Dresden is a beautiful city”

- ACE customer on a previous Art Treasures of Dresden tour with Lars Tharp

“There are unbelievable treasures of all kinds in this beautiful place,” wrote Goethe of Dresden, where the magnificent Baroque dome of the re-consecrated Frauenkirche, in which Bach and Wagner once performed, vies with Augustus the Strong’s Zwinger Palace as the city’s dominant landmark.


Dresden’s Royal Palace, the former seat of the Saxon government, hosts the fabulous Green Vault treasure chamber. The gilded and mirrored Baroque chambers of the Historic Green Vault reveal items collected by Augustus the Strong.


The Zwinger is a vast complex of formal gardens, ornate fountains and grand pavilions. It is home to the Porcelain Room, which, flooded with natural light, displays the Dresden porcelain collection assembled by Augustus the Strong. We will also visit the refurbished Old Masters Picture Gallery, with works by Raphael (notably his Sistine Madonna), Botticelli, Velázquez, Dürer, Vermeer and Rembrandt.


Meissen, a medieval hotch-potch of red-tiled roofs and stucco architecture, is Saxony’s oldest town. It was once home to the alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger, who discovered the formula for creating white porcelain in 1708. Here we will tour the Gothic cathedral and visit the celebrated porcelain factory for a demonstration of the manufacturing process and an opportunity to view an exhibition of their wares. We also hope to include a visit to Charlottenburg Old Palace with its Porcelain Cabinet.


An additional highlight of our tour will be an evening spent at Dresden’s historic Semperoper, where we will enjoy a performance of Mozart’s much-loved final opera, The Magic Flute.


This tour will be based at the Hyperion Dresden am Schloss, a stylish hotel conveniently located in the heart of Dresden in the city’s old town.


This tour will be led by Lars Tharp, MA, FSA, an art historian, lecturer and broadcaster who is well known for his work on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. Lars is a ceramics specialist who has curated or overseen exhibitions at York Art Gallery and London’s Foundling Museum. He is the author of several works including Hogarth’s China, and has led tours to Dresden, Copenhagen and China.

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