Der Zwinger in Dresden, Sachsen, Eastern Germany

Der Dresdner Zwinger is a palace built in Baroque style, designed by court architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann. It served as orangery, exhibition gallery, and festival arena of the Dresden Court. The location was formerly part of a fortress of which the outer wall is conserved. The name derives from the German word Zwinger (an enclosed killing ground in front of a castle or city gate); it was for the cannons that were placed between the outer wall and the main wall. The Zwinger was not enclosed until the Neoclassical building by Gottfried Semper called the Semper Gallery was built on its northern side.

Today, it is a museum that contains the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery), the Dresden Porcelain Collection (Dresdener Porzellansammlung) and the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments).

Hey, I'm responding to the Anon who asked…

Hey, I'm responding to the Anon who asked about Leipzig University. I'm an Erasmus student (BA Translation) completing a year abroad here, and to be fair I think the university experience depends on your host university (if you have one) as well as your chosen subject. I had trouble finding university accommodation but rent is very cheap. I don't think Leipzig offers much support to foreign students (onus is on you to find out most information), but the city itself is wonderful.

Thank you very much for the info. 🙂

I was planning on going to Leipzig for Univers…

I was planning on going to Leipzig for University but someone was telling me Leipzig is not a good place yet they are the only one telling me this. Do you have any opinions on Leipzig and it's uni?

Did the say why? It wouldn’t be the local dialect, would it? 😀

I have no personal experience with the Uni Leipzig or much of the city itself, so I can only make assumptions as to what they may have meant. Who likes what or who feels well in x location is always so subjective…

General info on Leipzig here:

Does anyone here have any personal experience with Leipzig as an „outsider“ or the university there? Maybe someone can answer this better than I can.


Die Bautzener Senfstube, Schloßstraße 3 in Bautzen, Sachsen, Eastern Germany, Tel: 03591 / 598015

Bautzen is a hill-top town, located on the Spree River. As of 2017, its population is 39,429. Asteroid 11580 Bautzen is named in honor of it. Bautzen is often regarded as the unofficial, but historical capital of Upper Lusatia, and it is the most important cultural center of the Sorbs, a Slavic people.