The Statue “Golden Horseman” shows Augustus the Strong (Elector of Saxony and King of Poland). It is the prelude to Inner New Town (Innere Neustadt) at New Town market(Neustädter Markt) – since 1736.
The monument is covered with gold leaf and shows August the Strong in a Roman armor on his break to the Kingdom of Poland to the east. He and his son Frederick Augustus II gave rise to those baroque buildings and unique art collections, which earned the Elbe metropolis known as “Florence on the Elbe”.
The Golden Horseman is considered one of the landmarks of Dresden. A price of Dresden Film Festival is named after the statue, and the seal for the original Dresdner Christstollen (a very special regional Christmas bread) is made around the Golden Horseman.