Presenting a visual representation of Dresden’s changing cityscape from 1695 to 1760, the Panometer Dresden is one of the city’s most unique museums. The creation of Austrian artist Yadegar Asisi, the gigantic, 360-degree display measures 344 feet (105 meters) long, stretching along the walls of a former gasometer.
Visitors can admire the panoramic mural over three floors from the central viewing platform. On a 1-1 scale, the artworks stand 50 feet (15 meters) in height and show the city changing from day to night, accompanied by classical music and sound effects. Also included is a 15-minute film showing the making of the panometer and an exhibition area featuring historical city maps and original drawings of the city in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as exhibits on Dresden’s baroque era.
Things to Know Before You Go
Plan around two hours to visit the Panometer Dresden and explore the exhibitions.
Bring binoculars to fully appreciate the murals and spot details such as architectural features and people walking the streets.
Entrance fees apply; children under 6 get in free.
Exhibitions are in German and English.
How to Get There
The Panometer is located in the Gruna district, around 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of the Old Town. From May to October, free shuttle buses to the Panometer leave hourly from midmorning to afternoon from the Altmarkt-Frauenkirche bus stop. Alternatively, trams 1, 2, and 10 stop on Liebstädter Strasse, about a 5-minute walk away.
When to Get There
The panometer is open from midmorning to late afternoon on weekdays, with extended hours on weekends.
Museums of Dresden
As one of Germany’s most important cultural hubs, Dresden has a large number of interesting museums. Learn more about the city’s history at the Dresden City Museum; visit the World of GDR museum to find out about Cold War–era Dresden; or enjoy the interactive science exhibitions at the German Hygiene Museum. Art lovers should head to the New Masters Gallery, home to works by Gerhard Richter, the group Die Brücke, and Monet; and the Old Masters Gallery, where highlights include Rubens and Rembrandt.