Known as 'the Florence of the north', Dresden is a marvellous city that begs to be visited at least once in a lifetime. A lingering panoramic view of the landscape includes graceful spires, towers that reach high into the sky, and the refined silhouettes of grand historical palaces, churches and other buildings.
A city more than 800 years old, Dresden has managed to survive throughout the long years but has suffered damage. During World War II, an Allied attack on the city resulted in the deaths of up to an estimated 100,000 people and left the city in a heap of burning rubble. However, just like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, Dresden has reinvented itself as a stylish and charismatic city which stills retains the aspects of its glorious past.
There are many things to do in Dresden, ensuring that there is always something to see and participate in for the entire family. A tour of Dresden will take you through an amazing tapestry of history and different cultures, a guide that will captivate and fascinate all.
One place guaranteed to captivate is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dresdner Elbtal. This is a 20km section of the river valley from Schloss Pillnitz to Schloss Übigau. Throughout these monuments there is a wealth of baroque architectural masterpieces that simply take the breath away.
Dresden is extremely proud of its vast array of museums, emphasises its cultural attractiveness. With so many museums dedicated to different genres, there is always somewhere that will interest you. The Museum für Sächsische Volkskunst is dedicated to antiques and folk crafts such as puppetry; the Museum der Dresdner Romantik retells the story of the city's intellectual and artistic factions during the 19th century; for old scientific objects and Arabian globes the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon is the best museum to visit; but the one which beats all the rest hands down is the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. Located on Altstadt Zwinger, this museum's highlight is Raphael's Sistene Madonna which has inspired artists of all genres since its creation.
Dating from the early 18th century, the Frauenkirche is a popular tourist attraction. It was a magnificent and beautiful Protestant church until it was completely destroyed during the Second World War. Initially it was left to serve as a poignant memorial but in October 2005 it was officially reconsecrated. The scenes from the viewing platform are truly spectacular.
Restaurants feature the very best of German cooking, although it may be a little on the heavier side for some people. Dresden's restaurants make the most when it comes to atmosphere, settings and presentation, ensuring a fabulous time when sampling the food. Traditional dishes include the famous Christmas cake stolen, lebkuchen and the Pulsnitzer Pfefferkuchen.
Hotels in Dresden are more than simply a place to lay your sleepy head, they are a place where you will be treated like royalty. Whether you stay at a little characteristic guesthouse or a grand historic hotel, the staff ensures that your stay is both comfortable and pleasant.
There are few cities in Europe that can match the style and sophistication of Dresden, let alone its cultural magnificence and rich history. It is a city where you are instantly engrossed in its soothing and refined atmosphere, a city which will charm you into returning time and time again.