We invite you to learn something about the biggest church in Saxony's state capital, a church with sufficient seats in its pews for more than 3,000 people, and we would be very pleased if thereby you were inspired to visit the Kreuzkirche, a House of God steeped in tradition. Kreuzkirche translates into English as the "Church of the Cross" or "Holy Cross Church". The change of name from the original "St Nicholas' Church" is just one facet of the fascinating, almost 800-year history of the Kreuzkirche.
For centuries, the Kreuzkirche has been the centre of protestant church music in Dresden. Since the Middle Ages, the world-famous Dresdner Kreuzchor (Boys' Choir) with its Kreuzkantor (the choir's conductor) and the church's organist have played a decisive role in the development and presentation of sacred music in Dresden.
Even today, Dresden's Kreuzkirche cultivates the Advent and Christmas traditions of Saxony, especially those of the Erzgebirge (the "Ore Mountains", a region in the south of Saxony), which culminates each Christmas Eve when the Kreuzchor sings its famous "Christvesper", a church service in song. Untold thousands of people - Dresden locals and visitors to the city alike - throng to the Kreuzkirche every year in December to experience and enjoy the multitude of concerts, Vespers, church services and the Nativity Play presented by the church organist and the Dresdner Kreuzchor.
Whilst maintaining musical traditions, the Kreuzkirche is also a place both of religious change and social renewal.
The Protestant Reformation in Dresden was introduced in 1539 in the Kreuzkirche. In the 1980s, it was the Kreuzkirche that hosted the "conciliatory process for peace, justice and the preservation of creation", a forum that was only possible inside church walls where people could speak freely. The symbol "swords into plowshares" (from the Old Testament book Micha) spread from here throughout the entire German Democratic Republic (GDR). In 1989, the Kreuzkirche was the centre of the peaceful revolution in Dresden, the peaceful revolution that heralded the collapse of the East German regime.
The church's unadorned interior indisputably documents the damage to the building caused during the Second World War and focusses one's attention on that which is most important. Visitors find peace and a place for reflection and contemplation in the church, which is open every day.
First, explore our church through the pages of its website and discover the variety it offers. Then, come in person to this historic and vibrant place that has inspired countless people.
Antje Hinze (Acting Vicar) and the Kreuzkirche congregation