Dresden – Germany lies on the banks of the River Elbe, almost all of Dresden’s wonderful buildings were destroyed in February 1945 when allied bombings destroyed the centre of Dresden. Most of the city’s landmarks have now been re-built and today Dresden is a modern, interesting city and a popular city break destination
. Dresden offers its visitors a variety of attractions with many sightseeing opportunities including historical and cultural venues.
The Old City is the historical centre and is located on the left bank of the Elbe; here you can see the Frauenkirche Church which was once the cities symbol. It was destroyed in the 1945 World War 11 bombings, the ambitious re-construction of the church began in 1994, it was to be re-built to the exact measurements as the original, and it was completed in 2005 it is open to the public.
There are a variety of city walking tours on offer depending on your personal interests duration of these are around 2 hours, you will need to check with the Tourist Information Office for current details on these to ensure they are available at the time of your visit. www.dresdentourist.de
You can also sit back and relax on a boat trip or cruise on the river Elbe there are a range of trips available.
The Zwinger an imposing Baroque building and famous Dresden monument is a must see, the galleries around the courtyard house several museums and include the Gemáldegalerie Alter Meister (Old Masters Gallery) which contains works by Rembrandt, Antoine Watteau and van Eyck along with other well known masters, a very impressive collection. In the gallery near the Crown Gate is the Porzellansammlung, a porcelain collection which may be of interest to you.
The Augustbrücke (Augustus Bridge) spans the Elbe offering fantastic views of the city; the bridge was originally built to connect the old city with the new. It was also destroyed in WW11 but some years later it was re-built in its present design.
The historic Altmarkt Square was completely destroyed during the bombing raids of 1945, today the square is once again been used for various events including the excellent Dresden Christmas Market. The shops around the Altmarkt are smaller independent ones, the “Altmarkt – Galerie” shopping mall has plenty of restaurant/cafes, shops and department stores to keep you occupied for some time.
Dresden’s other shopping areas and streets are Prager Strasse which has large department stores plus smaller shops also and is a lovely shopping district where you can spend some time. Around Königstrasse you can enjoy a stroll and a little window shopping here, there are some nice boutiques, craft shops and restaurants, a pleasant and interesting place to visit
. As you explore the city you will find beer gardens along the Elbe where you can sit, and relax for awhile.
You will find bars, cafes and restaurants of all types you can try international or Saxon cuisine. Accommodation here is varied from hostels; bed & breakfast, hotels, etc with choices to suit all pockets.
If you have the time to do more sightseeing other tourist attractions that may be of interest are The Brühlsche Terrasse which offers some beautiful architecture together with magnificent views over the River Elbe, the terrace was originally part of the ramparts. The Semper’s Opera House is one of Dresden’s most impressive monuments; once again destroyed in February 1945 it re-opened in 1985.
There are other museums and historical buildings you may want to see while visiting the city as well as more attractions and activities. Dresden has plenty to offer to enable you to have an enjoyable city break.