2017-04-23 51 13

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Sun 23 Apr 2017 in Dresden:
51.0530963, 13.7363046

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Today's hashpoint is at the Residenzschloss Dresden (Dresden Castle / the Dresden Royal Palace)! It was the residence of the electors and kings of Saxony from 1547 to 1918. More specifically, the hashpoint is in the northwestern corner of the palace and hits the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe (Historic Green Vault) on the ground floor and the Neues Grünes Gewölbe (New Green Vault) on the first upper floor. Both are treasure exhibitions full of valuables (gold, jewels, ivory, amber and works of art). On the second upper floor there are "stately rooms" according to the floor plan. This is probably the most valuable hashpoint so far, with many millions in precious metals and jewelry within the GPS error radius.

Country: Germany; state: Sachsen (Saxony, EU:DE:SN); district: Dresden; Ortsamt: Altstadt; statistischer Stadtteil: Innere Altstadt.



Danatar: I will go there but don't know yet at what time. I have been to the Historic Green Vault twice before and I hope to find pictures (though it could be that it wasn't allowed to take pictures, I don't remember) or a ticket (which I doubt) to prove it.


live via geohashdroid[edit]

  • No bags or cameras allowed -- Danatar (talk) 14:58, 23 April 2017 (GMT+02:00)
  • I've reached the hashpoint in the ground floor and now I'm in the upper floor 3 rooms from the spot. GPS reception is bad -- Danatar (talk) 15:39, 23 April 2017 (GMT+02:00)

full story[edit]

As planned I started towards the castle, going there by bike. I arrived at 14:45 and bought a ticket for the Vault and the other parts of the castle. The tickets to the Historic Green Vault only allow entrance at a certain time, so I had to wait vor 15:00 to enter. Instead of going directly to the hashpoint, I took a look at the exhibits in the earlier rooms first (amber room, ivory room, silver room), reaching the spot at 15:20. Since it wasn't allowed to take pictures, I made a secret selfie with my phone at the spot while pretending to check my messages or similar. After completing the Historic Green Vault (heraldry room, jewels room) I went upstairs to the New Green Vault. There it was allowed to take pictures but my camera was still at the cloakroom, so the picture I took of the hashpoint is a bit blurry. Hooray, hashpoint reached at two different elevations. Besides lots of valuable works of art the New Green Vault also houses the 'Dresden Green Diamond', the largest green diamond in the world.

After the Vaults I climbed the tower where I had a nice view over Dresden. It was nice and sunny at that time while on the route there had been a bit of rain. Then I visited the second part of the castle, with Armory and Turkish Chamber. At last, I walked around the outside of the castle to get to the corner the hashpoint was nearest to. While inside neither my GPS unit nor my phone GPS had had satellite reception, next to the castle it was only a little better, with accuracy low and the coordinates jumping around. After walking to and fro for a while I even managed to catch the hashpoint's coordinates.

Then I decided to go home as I had a very important exam coming up and more than two hours without studying on a day off was more than I could bear. On the way back I tried to keep as near to the direct line between my home and the hashpoint as possible, thinking much too late about the juggernaut achievement. It would have been possible to stay within the 1:20 ratio if I had planned for it but as it was I still was within 1:10 without even trying.

Danatar earned the Admit One Achievement
by paying 21 € (US$ 22.8) to access the (51, 13) geohash at Historic Green Vault at Dresden Castle on 2017-04-23.
2017-04-23 51 13 ticket.jpg
Danatar earned the Déjà Vu Geohash Achievement
by reaching the (51, 13) geohash on 2017-04-23, and previously on 2013-09-19.
2017-04-23 51 13 20130919schlosshof.jpg
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Danatar earned the The Over and Under Achievement
by reaching the same hashpoint at two different elevations (ground floor and upper floor) (51, 13) geohash on 2017-04-23.
court of the Residenzschloss  
proof from 2013 that I've been to the Residenzschloss before. I don't have pictures from the vault.  
mockup of the castle  
I paid 21 € (US$ 22.8)...  
... to be let through these double doors.  
almost there, you can see the hashpoint behind the doorway. Photo taken from 'Silver Gilt Room'  
Coordinates reached in the Historic Green Vault (ground floor, 'Pretiosa Room')! Secret picture because no photos allowed.  
Coordinates reached in the New Green Vault (upper floor, 'Dinglinger Hall')! It's next to the 'Golden Coffee Service', one of the most famous exhibits.  
'The Royal Household at Delhi on the Occasion of the Birthday of the Grand Mughal Aureng-Zeb'  
parade armor in the Armory  
Hausmann Tower  
hashpoint seen from the tower. Zwinger to the left, Semper Opera to the right  
northwestern corner of the castle  
Dresden Castle, hashpoint is in that corner  
GPS says I'm at the hashpoint while outside  
phone confirms this, says I'm inside though ;-)  


triton tracklog (doesn't show the spot because there was no reception inside)