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The Zwinger building – home of the Old Masters Gallery

View from Bruehl’s Terrace – Opera House, Cathedral and Art Academy

Pillnitz Castle - a much beloved attraction among locals and visitors

Hauptstrasse in Neustadt district is a popular shopping promenade

View from Neustadt. Golden Horseman, Augustus Bridge and Georgen Gate

The old city centre of Dresden at sun set

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Dresden-world-class city of art and culture on the Elbe River


The city of Dresden, world famous for its fantastic architectural sights, notable art treasures and a charming landscape, is situated in the valley of the river Elbe, close to the Czech border. For many centuries, the Kings of Saxony had made Dresden their royal residence and furnished the baroque and rococo city centre with impressive buildings and cultural wealth. No wonder they used to call Dresden their Jewel Box. Since the 19th century, ‘Elb-Florence’ has become a popular term of endearment when referring to Dresden.

When looking at the city today and experiencing its perfect synthesis of architecture and nature, it is hard to believe, that Dresden was almost completely destroyed in an aerial bombing during World War II. This devastating impact and 40 years of urban development during the communist era changed the face of the city considerably. Over the past decades, enormous restoration work has helped to reconstruct much of the historic city centre.

The most famous symbol of reconstructing Dresden is the Church of our Lady (Frauenkirche) with its magnificent baroque dome that dominates the skyline of the historic city centre. The Royal Palace, the Zwinger and the Semper Opera as well as the three Elbe castles are just a few of the numerous attractions that first-time visitors should see. The museums of Dresden are also high-calibre must-sees that include some of the greatest treasures in the world. Check out the most exquisite and largest porcelain collection in the world (Zwinger), see Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna” (Old Masters Picture Gallery) or just be stunned by the largest collection of treasures in Europe (Green Vault).

The preserved river landscape that divides the city into Neustadt (New Town) and Altstadt (Old Town) is a favourite hang-out spot for the locals. Besides the great view you have of the city’s skyline, these extensive meadows are perfect for a picnic, long walks and visits to cosy little restaurants and idyllic beer gardens. If you want to explore Dresden’s surrounding area, we recommend a boat ride with the largest and oldest fleet of historic paddle steamers in the world. They take you to Pillnitz Castle, the summer residence of the Saxon royal court, or to Meissen, where the world famous porcelain is still manufactured, or explore Saxon Switzerland, an impressive cliff-filled landscape of sandstone mountains.

A visit to Dresden is always a great experience.