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Dresden 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.

Reflection of Buildings on Water at Night, Dresden, Germany
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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 world.

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 to do:
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 "Rüstkammer". 
Zwinger, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
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  • 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 in!). 
  • 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.
  • Gläserne Manufaktur - 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 [13]. 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. 
  • Staatliche Kunstsammlungen 
  • 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
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Achat 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 surroundings.
Art'otel 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.
Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden
Hotel Taschenbergpalais 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
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. 
Ramada 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 cuisine.
The 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. 
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