The Residenzschloss is the royal palace of Dresden. Located in the historic city centre, it is a great start point for a journey. Destroyed in the second world war, the castle was rebuilding only some decades ago.
Until the late 1980s, the government of the German Democratic Republic (DDR), had neither the money nor the will for the rebuild. And that, despite many volunteers and dedicated public agencies, such as the State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments, the Technical University of Dresden and the art collections themselves.
German reunification also marked the beginning of the reconceptualization of the palace as a residence for art and science. In 1995, an international commission of experts recommended what is now a reality: the Historical and New Green Vaults, the Cabinet of Prints and Drawings, the Armory and the Coin Cabinet are among the museums that have their headquarters in the palace, not only with exhibition space but also with depots and office space.