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Dresden

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Florence on the Elbe. Largely destroyed in February 1945, Dresden has been rebuilt and renewed into the fine city we see today.
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Dresden Sights

Founded on a bend of the Elbe River, Dresden is a beautiful city. It’s also a monument to persistence and rebirth. Bombs flattened Dresden's Old Town in World War II. But the city has bounced back and regained its rightful reputation as “Florence on the Elbe.” Dresden’s signature sights? Start with the magnificent dome of the Frauenkirche, a baroque church built in 1743 then reconstructed after the war. Kreuzkirche is another must-see, among the city's lovely cathedrals. You’ll also find excellent museums of art and history, including masterpieces from artists like Raphael.

Dresden Tourism

Dresden’s architecture is lovely. But there’s also a vibrant cultural life, with fine dining, street fairs, and concerts. The city’s Christmas markets are some of the most famous in Germany too. With several markets throughout the city you'll have no shortage of mulled wine and festive snacks. In summer a great option is the Grosser Garden, a manicured oasis of green in the center of the city. Sitting between Prague and Berlin, Dresden puts visitors in an ideal position for exploring more of the region. It’s perfect for a short stay on a tour of Central Europe.

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Where to stay in Dresden

Dresden's Altstadt or old town is the location for all of the accommodations we've selected in the city so you can be sure of being within a few minutes walk of the main sights whichever you choose. From well equipped studio apartments, handy for that mid-trip laundry pitstop to a grand rooms in a 'small palace' that was built for a Saxon ruler's mistress, we've chosen places with a style, location and ambience to suit everyone. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.

Things to do in Dresden

Easy to overlook or think of as just a couple of hours stop on the way from Berlin to Prague, however Dresden warrants some time to appreciate its treasures. Learn about the city's royal past, the punishing air raids of early 1945 and the extensive reconstruction that has taken place since. Dresden is also the ideal base for further exploration of the region. The Saxon Switzerland National Park is a hiker's dream while former royal residence Meissen just downriver is renowned for its pottery. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to included in your vacation package or consider for adding later.


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What I love about Dresden...

“Known as the "Jewel Box" for its baroque and rococo palaces and spires, Dresden has been impressively rebuilt. Be sure to see the Church of Our Lady (the Frauenkirche), its facade combining charred original stones with newer stones in its original soft yellow. Across the river Elbe are unique cafes and courtyards popular with artists and students. Meissen, which produces Europe's most famous (and oldest) porcelin in its castle, is just downstream. Upstream lies "Saxon/Bohemian Switzerland", a region of sandstone mountains lying along the Elbe River, and made famous by Caspar David Friedrich. My favorite hiking spot in Germany, and once part of the European Grand Tour taken by nobility, I recommend visiting the 18th century bridge between spires at the Bastei, admiring the views from the mountaintop Koenigstein Fortress (the most impressive fortress I know of, which was never taken by any army), and crossing the Czech border to see the largest natural bridge in Europe.”

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