Taschenbergpalais: Palatial Accommodation in Germany’s Baroque City

Zwinger Palace pavilion

Dresden is off the radar for many visitors. They are missing out.

Tachenbergpalais was once the home of a mistress; she must have been very beautiful, very talented, or both.  Taschenbergpalais, one of Germany’s most breathtaking palaces, was a gift to the Countess of Cosel from her patron, August The Strong, Elector of Saxony.  The palace is located right next door to Dresden’s UNESCO World Heritage city centre, which includes the marvelous Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera, Royal Palace, and the lucky visitors smart enough to visit this agglomeration of architectural splendour, only two hours by train from Berlin, halfway between the German capital and the Czech capital of Prague.

Dresden Glasfabrik is a state of the art facility

Like the rest of Dresden, Taschenbergpalais was totally destroyed by the firestorm that followed the bombing raids of World War II.  The palace lay in ruins for the next forty years.  Luxury was not a priority in the former East Germany, but it certainly is in Kempinski Hotel Group properties.  As with all the stunning buildings in the city centre, the palace was painstakingly rebuilt stone by stone according to its original plans.  The amazing restoration of Dresden was completed in 2001, just in time for the Elbe River to reach a record height, with metres of water inundating the entire city.  And so the work began again, first with the clean-up followed by the re-restoration.

Welcome to the palace

What we have now is a splendid hotel in the best location in town staffed by extremely thoughtful employees who take pride in their work.  All the requisite amenities are here—pool, spa, shops, bar, restaurants, and car service to name a few.  The rooms are each designed according to the unique spaces found in old palaces even ones rebuilt to modern specifications.  The suites come in a variety of configurations, with everything from traditional muted tones to cow-patterned fabrics enhancing the building itself (the ‘cow suite’ is one of the most popular).  The hotel’s accommodation offering are crowned by the breathtaking Crown Prince Suite; this four-bedroom, two-living room apartment offers corporate and personal visitors alike the possibility of hosting events right in the suite itself, with no intrusion into personal space in other parts of the suite. 

Zwinger Palace mischievous statuary

Not all the sights in Dresden are old; the city is the home of Volkswagen’s famous Transparent Factory.  Volkswagen spared no expense in creating the ultimate carmaking facility; as much art gallery as manufacturing location, the Glasfabrik is a marvel of architectural excellence.  And then there are the cars themselves.  The Phaeton is Volkswagen’s answer to the grand sedans of Mercedes and BMW, and it certainly holds its own against these hallowed marques, if not surpassing them altogether. Near the Glasfabrik is the Museum of Human Hygiene; in the country that gave the world Dr. Gunther von Hagens (actually, born in Poland of German parents and raised in Germany), famous around the world for his Bodyworlds exhibits, the graphic presentation of the human body is not quite as astonishing as a plastinated corpse, but it is entertaining, nevertheless.

Dresden is also home to the unanticipated presence of a former cigarette factory built to resemble a Turkish mosque as well as a Russian Orthodox Cathedral.  A short drive into the picturesque region known as Saxon Switzerland (but still in Germany) will bring visitors to the Chinese motifs of Pullnitz Palace and the unexpectedly dramatic scenery that gives the region its name.

A Dresden City Card is a great aid in getting around town without fiddling for coins every time you want to take public transport; it also offers free entry into the city’s best museums.  For more information about the attractions of this wonderful city off the beaten path, visit the city’s official tourism website.
Source = Mr. eTraveller
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