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Dresden

Introduction / About Dresden

Known as “Florence of the North” the capital city of the German Federal State of Saxony is situated in a picturesque valley on the river Elbe. The important economic, governmental and cultural center has about 500,000 inhabitants and the population in its agglomeration is 1.1 million. Dresden is worldwide well-known for the “Frauenkirche” Church and its historic centre. First mentioned as a city in 1206, the 800th anniversary celebrations are currently taking place in 2006.

Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Kings of Saxony with centuries of extraordinary cultural and artistic splendor. The controversial bombing of Dresden in World War II, 40 years of GDR authority and a devastating flood changed the face of the city dramatically. Since German reunification Dresden could restore many of its stunning historic buildings to their former glory. Today the city with the flair of the former Saxon residence is well and truly back at the forefront of Germany's tourist towns – simply a place with life style.



What to see

Dresden presents impressive Baroque buildings and museums with world-famous culture and art treasures. But it is not only a magnet for art lovers and architectural enthusiasts. Because of its great variety of sights the city attracts tourists from all over the world. The unchallenged highlights are the “Frauenkirche” Church, the “Semperoper”, one of Europe’s leading opera houses which is renowned for its excellent acoustics and the Baroque "Zwinger" Palace. Beside these best-known places of interest the Royal Castle and the Blue Wonder Bridge as well as many other historical buildings and ensembles determine the image of the city. Magnificent promenades on the bank of the Elbe, industrial monuments, charming details – Dresden has a lot for you to discover!

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