Located in the Saxony region of Germany, close to the border of the Czech Republic, Dresden is a city that was totally destroyed by the Allied bombings in 1945, but has since been restored to its former glory.
As a result, Dresden is once again befitting of its nickname, the ‘Florence of the North’, thanks to its dreamy church spires and opulent palace domes that were first erected under instruction from Augustus The Strong in the 18th Century.
Dive into the city’s Old Town and you can admire these breath-taking architectural treasures for your pleasure.
Take time to discover the ornate beauty of Zwinger Palace, the lavish Semper Opera House and the magnificence of Residenzschloss before moving on to the stunning churches of Katholische Hofkirche and Frauenkirche, the last fully restored building which was completed in 2005.
Another must-see attraction is the Fürstenzug, or ‘Procession of Princes’, a 101-metre tiled mural that illustrates the rulers of the House of Wettin in a mounted procession.
With over 50 museums and 60 galleries, most notably the Old Masters Picture Gallery, Verkehrsmuseum of transport, the Green Vault and the Albertinum of modern art, you won’t be short of things to do.
A great place to marvel at Dresden in all its glory is from Augustus Bridge, where you can gain great shots of the city’s landscape with the Elbe River below. Alternatively, jump on a river cruise to soak up the surroundings and see the city from a different perspective.
The bridge paves the way to the city’s New Town, where you will be greeted by a golden statue of Augustus, plus a variety of stylish shops, bars and cafes waiting to entice you in the Kunsthofpassage and along the sycamore-lined Hauptstraße.
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