Located in a valley on the river Elbe, near the Czech border, Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. Dresden has been the capital, as well as the royal residence for the Kings of Saxony and the Electors.
The historical center of this city was destroyed to a large extent by a dreadful bombing on February 13 and 14, 1945. The center has been mostly restored, though some parts are under construction. Despite the fact that the pre-war buildings are still burnt and black, there are many tourists who find this very interesting, as it speaks the history of the city.
Dresden main tourist attractions
Zwinger Palace: The beautiful baroque palace has a nympheum, a bell pavilion, numerous sculptures, and famous art collections. “Alte Meister” is a must see owing to the presence of the well-known Madonna Sistina of Rafel and the angels. On the arms of the Saxon kings is a nice museum, the “Rüstkammer.” You do not need to pay any entry fee to the palace but certain collection like the porcelain exhibition requires an entry fee.
Semperoper: It is one of the most stunning opera houses in the world. The orchestra and the acoustics, the Staatskapelle, are stunning. Many operas of Strauss and Wagner had their first nights there. The productions nowadays are not of that high a quality, and are of the German “Regietheater” fashion. If you plan to visit it, do get your tickets booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
Frauenkirche: The rebuild Church of Our Lady had been completely damaged during WWII, and has again been reopened. The City of Coventry that had been attacked in WWII by the Luftwaffe, gave the golden cross for the church’s dome. Do visit the tower and check the ruins in the basement.
Must Visit: Apart from the above mentioned tourist spots, there are other attractions that you should not miss to visit, including, Albertinum Museum, Glaserne Manufaktur, Schloss und Grünes Gewölbe and more.
Various well-known events are hosted in Dresden. The Striezelmarkt happens to be Germany’s oldest Christmas market. It begins from the last days of November and continues until Christmas. The Dixieland Festival is the biggest Jazz festival in Europe. It generally occurs by the second week of May. Bands and visitors from Europe, America and other parts of the world are attracted to this festival. The Filmnächte begins from June and goes on till August, on the banks of Elbe. A huge movie screen is set where you get to see cinema in a beautiful setting.
Transport Food and Lodging
The Dresden-Klotzsche Airport is situated to the north of the city. Flights for almost all German cities and some European destinations are available. Two big train stations are also present in Dresden. Dresden Neustadt, located on the northern side of Elbe, and Dresden Hauptbahnhof on the southern side of the Elbe. There are many restaurants within the historic center, in particular around the Frauenkirche. On the northern bank of river Elbe is the Neustadt which has many trendy bars, clubs, pubs, and restaurants. Some of the well-known hotels in Dresden where you can stay are Hotel Ibis Dresden Lilienstein, Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel, Andor Hotel Europa and Hotel Dresdener Heide.