WELCOME TO DRESDEN
The capital of Germany's Saxony state, Dresden offer a great variety of attractions and combines three aspects which complement one another: notable art treasure, architectural sights and a charming landscape. Magnificent promenades on the bank of the Elbe, interesting museums and institutions, industrial monuments, charming details. A trip to Dresden is always a great experience.
Built between 1710 and 1732, Dresden's magnificent palace of Zwinger is one of the highlights of the city and is a splendid example of late German-Baroque architecture. After checking out the excellent views available of its grand exterior, visitors can venture inside in order to observe the ornate interior and range of interesting exhibits and other attractions, among which are the porcelain collection, the impressive Old Masters Picture Gallery, the fascinating Zoological Museum and the Mathematisch Physikalischer Salon.
St. Anne's Church (Annenkirche)
The Annenkirche, or St. Anne's Church, is located within the historic Altstadt district of Dresden and is a small structure that typifies the architecture of its period. St. Anne's Church has marvellous acoustics and is regularly used for musical performances, with everything from classical to jazz concerts being amongst the main attractions here.
Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche)
A splendid example of classic German architecture within Dresden, the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) was built by George Bähr between 1726 and 1743 and is most famous for having hosted organ recitals by the revered composer and musician JW Bach.
Burg Stolpen Fortress
The medieval fortress that is Burg Stolpen was the site of incarceration of Anna Constanze, Countess of Cosel, who was the most famous mistress of August the Strong. The cell in which the countess was held can be witnessed by visitors, as well as the prison's torture chamber. A small museum within this Dresden fortress is home to a variety of interesting artefacts and attractions, dating from the building's prison days.
Royal Palace (Residenzschloss)
Residenzschloss, otherwise known as the Dresden Royal Palace, was constructed in various stages between the 12th and 19th centuries and was the former official royal residence of the Saxon royal family. The church combines architectural features from the Baroque, Romantic, Renaissance and neo-Renaissance periods. The chapel of the palace is currently used by the Dresdner Staatschauspiel ensemble for a number of well-supported events, while the fully restored building is now home to many precious and valuable attractions, such as the Crown Jewels, the Engraving Collection and also the city's Coin Museum.
Semper Opera House
Dresden's Semper Opera House is the most famous opera house in Germany; it houses the Saxon State Orchestra, one of the world's oldest and best-known orchestras.
The Neumarkt (New Market), probably the best-known square in Dresden's downtown, is being reconstructed gradually, following its former opulent Baroque design. The goal of the new buildings is to recreate the historic structures.
Brühl Terrace & Dresden Fortress Casemates
Underneath Brühl´s Terrace, which was opened up to the public as early as 1814, lies Dresden Fortress. Built as a ring of walls and surrounded by a water moat, they are thought to be the oldest Renaissance structures in the city. Here you will find the 400-year-old Brick Gate, Dresden´s only surviving original city gate, complete with the guard rooms. In addition, you can see the relics of medieval defence systems, the old town bridge, the small bastion and the casemate.
Visits & Excursions
Worth to see and visit:
… take a boat trip on one of the historic paddle steamers on the river Elbe.
… visit the Pillnitz Castle - the only castle of its size in Europe, built in Chinese style
… a sightseeing tour in a real Trabi, the former standard East German family car is an unforgettable experience for everybody!
… go to the Pfund’s Dairy (Pfund Molkerei) list by The Guinness Book of Records as the most beautiful milk shop in the world.
… don’t leave without trying some local cheeses, home made ice cream, or a glass of fresh buttermilk.
… join the locals, and watch a movie in one of the largest outdoor theatres in Germany (“Dresdner Filmnaechte”, July– September).
… enjoy the idyllic lakes landscape from Moritzburg Palace and its baroque hunting lodge, one of Europe's loveliest palaces.
… drive north of Dresden to the Spreewald & Sorb Country, which has nearly 260 sq. km (101 sq. miles) of woodland, pastures, and canals.
… why not visit Meissen’s wine growers and taste the typical Saxonian wines?
… take a tour through the lovely valley of the Müglitz to Glashütte, where the tradition of fine watch making in Germany started.
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