Between Heaven and Earth

Let your gaze wander from one of the most beautiful viewing platforms in Dresden.
Even the ascent is an adventure full of discovery.

Climb the Dome to the
Viewing Platform

The stone dome of the Frauenkirche soars seemingly weightless over its square floor plan, even though it actually weighs over 12,000 tons. The special shape of the dome is not only the reason for the nickname of the Frauenkirche (the »Stone Bell«) but also makes this church one of the most prominent stone dome buildings north of the Alps.

Above the dome, the soaring lantern houses the viewing platform. At a height of 67 meters, visitors can enjoy the unique view over the city of Dresden and its surroundings. Depending on the weather, the view extends as far as the Dresdner Heide in the north, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in the east, the Ore Mountains in the south or as far as Meißen in the west.

Even the ascent to the platform is an experience. In stair tower G, 174 steps lead up to a height of 29 meters. The effort is definitely worth it: Thanks to large glass windows, guests can look down into the church interior and up to the paintings of the inner dome. The path continues over narrow stairs to the so-called spiral ramp, a continuously ascending spiral corridor. On it, the guests circle the outer dome two and a half times. This section is strenuous: after all, the path, which was previously used as a »donkey path« and is named accordingly, has a gradient of 14 percent. Two more flights of stairs – one of them in the form of a steep ladder staircase – take visitors to the 67-meter-high viewing platform. There you have a unique view of Dresden and the surrounding area.

Opening hours*

Visitor of the observation deck reads about the sights of Dresden, which can be observed while climbing the dome.

November to February:
Mo–Sa 10 am–4 pm | Su 1–4 pm | Last entry: 4 pm

March to October:

Mo–Sa 10 am–6 pm | Su 1–6 pm | Last entry: 6 pm


Adults: 10 euros | Reduced Rate: 5 euros | Families: 22 euros
School Groups: 3 euros per person

Reduced rates apply to children (6-16 years), pupils, students, those on unemployment benefit, pensioners (proof of eligibility required). People with invalidity permits must make an inquiry first. Groups can ask for a guided tour if booked in advance. The schoolchildren's group discount applies to 6 or more pupils (proof of eligibility required) ascending together and who are accompanied by a supervising adult. For every 10 pupils, one adult can access the dome at the reduced student group rate.

Visitor of the observation deck reads about the sights of Dresden, which can be observed while climbing the dome.

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Additional Information

* usual opening hours, weather permitting.

Groups are asked to contact the visitor service prior to their visit (+49 0351 656 06 100 |

We explicitly point out that the Frauenkirche construction method and the areas used by the dome ascent deviate from today's building specifications. This results in dangers that require special care on the part of visitors.

Consult the site regulations