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is the capital of the German federal state of Saxony (Sachsen).
Located on the Elbe River, it
is an industrial, governmental, and cultural center, known worldwide for
the Bruehl's Terrace and its historic landmarks in the old town.
Dresden was first mentioned
as a city in 1206 and the 800th birthday celebrations therefore took place
in 2006. The city has come a long way since then.
It was home to many Saxon princes
and kings, the most famous of them being August der Starke (August the
Strong), whose kingdom included Poland as well. They apertained to the
family of the Wettiner and were closely related to many other European
royal families. Many buildings date from their reign and especially the
rich art collections are testimony of their extreme wealth. The "Madonna
Sixtina" was for instance bought by the son of August the Strong. The last
Saxon king abdicated in 1918.
The historical center of
Dresden was completely destroyed in a terrible bombing on 13/14 February
1945 by allied forces. The date is deeply marked in the history of the
city and is still remembered each year in processions and ceremonies. The
destruction of the priceless art treasures that made the city world famous
was and is felt as a wound to the soul of the people. More than 30,000
people died in the bombing - the exact number is unknown, as the city was
full of refugees and many burnt completely in the firestorm (unofficial
sources give numbers of up to 150,000 dead). The ruin of the now rebuilt
Frauenkirche acted as a call for peace among the different nations of the
The historical center is
nowadays largely restored to its former glory, some parts are still under
reconstruction, however . The city nevertheless is a great place to experience!
Dresden has about ten million
tourists a year, most of them from Germany. The Zwinger was rebuilt in
1964, the Semper Opera house in 1985 and in 2005 the now most famous landmark
of Dresden, the Frauenkirche. When asked what they like most about their
city, Dresden citizens will reply Old Town (which is not very big, even
though it has a lot of well-known attractions and museums of worldwide
meaning), Dresden-Neustadt (an alternative central quarter) and the surroundings
like the wine town Radebeul or the climbing area Saxon Switzerland, or
a lot of castles, and maybe most of all the city landscape of about 80
quarters. It's essential to know that the last thing is really a core competence
of Dresden which helped the city to survive when the innercity was totally
destroyed after Second World War. The number of international tourists
is growing, especially regarding the US and China, Dresden is a stop between
Prague and Berlin, that´s why just one city quarter can be recommended
to get the whole idea. Blasewitz is in the architectural perspective probably
the most interesting living quarter, despite there are truly many in the
hilly city landscape.
Attractions and things
|Dresden is a very beautiful,
lightspirited city, especially in summer, when you can appreciate the serene
setting of the historic center. Be aware that while it has only a little
more than 500.000 inhabitants, Dresden is larger than Munich when measured
by area. Your sightseeing tour should among others include:
Zwinger Palace - The
baroque palace features a nympheum, many sculptures of Permoser, a bell
pavillon and famous art collections. Do not miss the "Alte Meister" - you'll
find the famous Madonna Sistina of Rafael there including the well known
angels. There is also a very nice museum on the arms of Saxon kings, the
Semperoper - The building
is well worth visiting, as it is one of the most beautiful opera houses
in the world. The acoustics and the orchestra - the Staatskapelle, are
marvellous. Its history saw many operas of Wagner and Strauss having their
first night there. Nowadays productions are of lower quality and follow
the German "Regietheater" fashion. Make sure to inquire about the production
in advance, you might have unpleasant surprises. - Make also sure to book
tickets in advance. Some last-minute tickets are available from the box
office shortly before the performance starts. Seats which do not have a
good view are very cheap, and you can sit on benches behind the seats,
right at the top of the auditorium, for free. When there is no rehearsal
or performance, the opera offers an interesting tour behind the scenes.
Frauenkirche - The reconstructed
Church of Our Lady was completely destroyed during WWII, and has now been
reopened. The City of Coventry, which was raided by the Luftwaffe in WWII,
donated the golden cross for the dome of the church. Do not miss the tower
visit and bring good shoes to climb in (otherwise you will not be admitted
Fürstenzug - This
biggest porcellain painting of the world shows (almost) all Saxon princess
and kings on their horses and splendid parade uniforms. It leads to the
"Stallhof" - the last preserved tournament place contained in a European
castle. This place is in winter the location of a very romantic chrsitmas
marked with a big fireplace.
Albertinum Museum - The
collections of "Neue Meister" feature a wonderful collection ranging from
romantic painters (Caspar David Friedrich etc.) up to Rotloff and Van Gogh.
- The transparent factory is the site where Volkswagen builds its luxury
sedan Phaeton. There is a free tour (English language) offered by Volkswagen.
Schloss und Grünes Gewölbe
. The Green Vault is Europe's most splendid treasure chamber museum.
You may see the biggest green diamond, the court of Aurengzeb and precious
crown juwels. It is not yet completely restored and will be completely
re-opened from end of 2006 on.
Kassematten under the
Brühlsche Terrasse (the terrace at the Elbe river) are the remains
of the old fort. Gives you an insight view of what a fort in a medieval
European town was.
Schwebebahn Dresden -
a unique aerial tramway
Museum of Mineralogy - One
of Dresden's most important museums.
Dresden History Museum
HOTELS IN DRESDEN, SAXONY, GERMANY
browsing Dresden, Germany hotels
Comfort Hotel Dresden
The hotel is just a short
walk away from the centre of Dresden but there is a bus stop just outside
the hotel where you can catch the bus for a 2 minute ride to the centre.
All rooms are large and colourful decorated, they are equipped with TV,
radio and modern amenities as well as plants in every room to make your
stay most comfortably. The restaurant is located on the ground floor
and decorated in Italian style with very warm colours. The restaurant is
only used for breakfast but the restaurant "Feldschloesschen" which is
one of the most famous breweries in Germany and Europe is located next
to the hotel and serves excellent food with live entertainment in original
Dresden, by Park Plaza
Park Plaza Art'otel Dresden
offers a unique opportunity to experience the fusion of travel and design
at its finest, and make your stay an exciting and ever memorable one.
Park Plaza Art'otel Dresden is located in the heart of the old city of
Dresden near the famous Zwinger and Semper Opera House. Other area attractions
include the Church of our Lady Frauenkirche, Yenidze, blue wonder bridge,
Bruehl's Terrace and Saxon Switzerland. The rooms are all with contemporary
interior and equipped with all essential amenities expected out for a decompressing,
gratifying and pleasurable stay. The trendy, design-led restaurant
serves fine and modern international cuisine satisfying your taste buds.
You can also enjoy a fine drink at the hotel bar and keep up the pleasure.
Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden
Kempinski Dresden is located in central Dresden, close to Porzellansammlung,
Old Masters Picture Gallery, and Zwinger Palace. Nearby points of interest
also include Residenzschloss and Semperoper. Dining options at Hotel Taschenbergpalais
Kempinski Dresden include 4 restaurants and a bar/lounge. Room service
is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool,
a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. The property's full-service
health spa has beauty services. Guest parking is available for a surcharge.
Additional property amenities include a poolside bar, a coffee shop/café,
and valet parking.
Ramada Hotel Dresden is
located in Dresden, close to Saxon State Library, Grosser Garten, and Dresden
University of Technology. Nearby points of interest also include Rudolf
Harbig Stadium. Dining options at Ramada Hotel Dresden include a restaurant
and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational
amenities include a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. This Dresden
property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting
rooms, and exhibit space. Additional property amenities include a coffee
shop/café, multilingual staff, and currency exchange. There are
262 guestrooms at Ramada Hotel Dresden.
Resident Hotel Dresden
Ideal for both business
and leisure travellers, this hotel is close to all that the city has to
offer. Situated in the city of Dresden, the Ramada Resident Hotel
is in a quiet residential area of Laugegast. The hotel is close to local
attractions like the Castle Moritzburg, Saxon Switzerland, Castle Pillnitz,
the Elbe River and the Semperoper. The hotel offers 122 comfortable
and modern rooms that are well decorated and equipped with several necessary
facilities. Guests can start their day with a full American buffet
breakfast while the Karree Restaurant serves national and international
Westin Bellevue, Dresden
The Westin Bellevue, Dresden
is a business-friendly hotel located in central Dresden, close to Japanese
Palace, Saxon State Chamber, and Theaterplatz. Additional points of interest
include Neumarkt and Semperoper. Dining options at The Westin Bellevue,
Dresden include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available
24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's
pool, a health club, a sauna, and a fitness facility. The property's full-service
health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty
services. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas.
The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Additional property
amenities include a casino, a poolside bar, and a coffee shop/café.
This is a smoke-free property.