In the quadruple Oscar-winning film The Grand Budapest Hotel, the Dresden Zwinger plays a prominent role. Construction of this magnificent building with its baroque facade, statues, and sprawling gardens began in 1709 at the behest of Augustus the Strong. It is a popular backdrop for film production companies and renowned directors, including some big names from Hollywood. The Zwinger Palace was most recently used as a stand-in for the fantastic fairytale castle in the Disney film adaptation of Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh and released in March of this year. But even without cinematic exposure, the Zwinger Palace with its museums would still be one of the most famous buildings in all of Germany – it will adorn the back of the two-euro coin from the beginning of 2016.
Courtesy Dresden Marketing Board
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