“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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Founded on a meandering bend of the Elbe River, Dresden isn’t just a beautiful city, it’s a monument to persistence and rebirth. While the Old Town was almost completely flattened during World War II, Dresden has bounced back and regained its rightful reputation as “Florence on the Elbe.” The magnificent dome of the Frauenkirche, a baroque church that was originally built in 1743 then reconstructed after the war, is one of Dresden’s signature sights. You’ll also find excellent museums of art and history, including masterpieces from artists like Raphael.
Dresden’s architecture is lovely, but there’s also a vibrant cultural life here, with fine dining, street fairs, concerts and more. The city’s holiday street markets are some of the most famous in Germany, and are very pleasant places to enjoy Dresden’s unique atmosphere. Another great option is the Grosser Garden, a perfectly manicured oasis of green in the center of the city. Situated between Prague and Berlin, Dresden also 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.
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.